Activating Collections Artist Residencies

Applications are now closed for the Activating Collections Artist Residencies

Period of residency:
2 – 3 months between 1 September – 30 November 2021. Opportunities in Albany, Carnamah and Kalgoorlie.

Application Deadline:
9am 26 July, 2021

Activating Collections Artists in Residence:
With the support of the WA State Government’s Regional Exhibition Touring Boost, ART ON THE MOVE is seeking expressions of interest from artists available to live and work in regional WA for a period of two to three months in 2021.

Hosted by a WA collecting organisation, resident artists will develop creative work in response to regional collections to activate local histories and narratives of place.

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 will be an opportunity to exhibit the outcomes of the residency on location, to be negotiated between artists and host organisations.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Fee of $20,000 to be paid in instalments, inclusive of 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.

Artist Residencies
Three residency opportunities are available between 1 September – 30 November 2021:


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 Aboriginal people 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 12 weeks of the completion of the project.

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. Shortlisted applicants for the North Midlands Project will be interviewed by Project Director, David Bowman-Bright. 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

  • Quality: 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.
  • 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.


For any questions regarding the Activating Collections Artist Residencies, please contact Kerryn Graham at