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Artist in Residence assessment criteria

Find out about how we judge applications to our Artist in Residence program.

Assessment criteria and weighting

Quality of Work 40%

This is work that:

  • stimulates and engages
  • demonstrates a creative approach
  • displays technical skills
  • has an alignment with the Melbourne art sector.

Value of the studio to the artist’s development 30%

Assessed on the proposed use of studio with a minimum of 4 days per week.

Pro-active/creative approach to participation in 30%

Assessed on public art program proposals.

Qualifying requirements

  • Tertiary qualifications in the related field.
  • Currently engaged with the Melbourne arts sector.
  • Art form is suitable for the residency program.
  • Willing to provide 20 voluntary hours including Artist in Residence Open Day and Schools Open Day. The artist is also required to devise and deliver public programs or community engagement opportunities as part of this voluntary hours commitment.

Bayside resident quota

Artists who are Bayside residents are allocated 3 studios. Residents meeting the requirements are given first option for these studios. If more than 3 qualified residents apply, their scores against the assessment criteria will determine who is allocated a studio. If less than 3 qualified residents apply, studios can be re-allocated to artists who are not residents.

Selection process

Visual artists in residence submissions

The relevant arts officer will review submitted applications against the qualifying requirements. Short-listed applicants are approved by the Arts and Cultural Program Coordinator.

The finalist short-list is assessed by a panel comprising of:

  • Local practising artist (post-tertiary)
  • Bayside Gallery Curator
  • Co-ordinator Arts and Culture Program Coordinator

Writers in residence submissions

A representative from our libraries will review all submitted applications against the assessment criteria.
Short-listed applicants are approved by the Arts and Culture Program Coordinator.
The finalist short-list is assessed by a panel comprising of:

  • Local writing appreciation group (recommended by a library representative)
  • Arts and Culture Program Coordinator

Composers in residence submissions

One Event Partner from the Resonance Music Series will review all submitted applications against the assessment criteria. Short-listed applicants are approved by the Arts and Culture Program Coordinator.
The finalist short-list then to be assessed by a panel comprising of:

  • Local practising artist (post-tertiary)
  • Representative from ABC Classic FM, or other classical music appreciation group
  • Arts and Culture Program Coordinator

Public programming

The artist’s public program suggestions will need to be considered by our Art and Culture team and documented in a proposal. Submissions should include:

  • Public Program project brief, detailing activities
  • Proposed dates and duration of the event
  • Benefit to the artist’s work practice
  • Benefit to local artists
  • Benefit to the broader community
  • Proposed budget for the public program (including any expectation from our organisation)
  • List of materials and equipment required
  • Explanation of the environment or venue required to deliver the project
  • If relevant, a sketch of the project
  • Marketing and promotion suggestions or proposal
  • Qualifications and referees

Our staff will assist with the development of the proposal submission and also provide support in the staging of proposed public program.