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activating collections Artist Residencies

CLOSED: Activating Collections 2022 Regional Artist-in-Residency Program

With the support of the WA State Government’s Regional Exhibition Touring Boost, ART ON THE MOVE is offering two residency opportunities for artists interested in working with heritage collections.

Resident artists will develop creative work in response to collections to activate local histories and narratives of place.

Residencies are offered in partnership with the Museum of the Goldfields, Kalgoorlie; the Museum of the Great Southern, Albany

During the residency, artists will be required to engage with the local community through a public event such as an open studio, artist talk, or workshop. There may be an opportunity to exhibit the outcomes of the residency on location, to be negotiated between artists and host organisations.


Individual artists and artist collectives are welcome to apply however:

  • Individuals must have Australian citizenship or permanent resident status, and must reside in Western Australia.
  • Collectives must be based in Western Australia.
  • If you are applying on behalf of, or if the proposed project involves Aboriginal people or cultural material, you must provide evidence of significant Aboriginal involvement in the conception, development of and participation in the activity.
  • If your activity involves working with children, you must undergo a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of the project.
  • Artists must provide a project report within four weeks of the completion of the project.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • $18,500 to be paid in instalments, inclusive of all travel, accommodation, living and material expenses
  • Access to relevant collection(s) and information provided by host organisation;
  • Lockable studio / workspace provided by host organisation;
  • Connections to the local community;
  • Support and mentorship from the ART ON THE MOVE team as required;
  • Guidance on public programming and/or community engagement;
  • Marketing and promotion of residency and outcomes.

Selection process

Resident artists will be selected by a selection panel comprised of suitably qualified ART ON THE MOVE team members, representatives from the Host Organisation, and an external industry specialist. The panel reserves the right not to appoint a resident artist(s) if the selection criteria are not fulfilled or if the proposed project does not align with the objectives of the organisations.

Criteria for selection

  • Significance: artistic and cultural significance of the proposed activity and the artist’s work to date.
  • Relevance to site: the potential to engage with local culture, history and place.
  • Capacity: The applicant has demonstrated capacity to achieve the outcomes of the project as proposed
  • Reach: the level of impact the activity is likely to have.
  • Good planning: the level of consideration which has been given to practically undertaking the activity.
  • Alignment with ART ON THE MOVE and residency host objectives

Previous Activating Collections recipient, artist Nathan Beard.

This project has been made possible through the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost managed by the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, supported by Royalties for Regions and delivered by ART ON THE MOVE.

Artist Emilie Monty
Activating Collections recipient artist Emilie Monty, Composition and textural experiments collage. Lino printmaking, photo transfer and paint. Image courtesy the artist.

Applications for the 2022 Activating Collections Regional Artist-in-Residency program have now closed.

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