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2022 Artist in Residence Application

2022 Artist in Residence Application

ATW offers artists and craftspeople working in any medium, and at any stage of their career, the chance to invigorate their practice in our world-renowned residency program. Each year, Artists in Residence immerse themselves in our vibrant studio – exchanging knowledge and skills with our tapestry weavers and engaging with local communities through public program outcomes including talks, hands-on workshops, and exhibitions.

Our mission is to ensure that this traditional art form and our specialist creative skills are kept alive and thriving in Australia through active collaboration with contemporary artists. The ATW Artist in Residence program encourages the exchange of knowledge and skills between contemporary artists and ATW weavers and staff; provides artists with a platform for professional development and public engagement and fosters creative exchange and collaboration.

Artists working in any medium - not just the visual arts or textile-based practice - and at any stage of their career can undertake a residency. Applicants identifying as First Peoples, CALD, living in regional and remote areas, and/or as having a disability are encouraged to apply and are supported in their application.

RESIDENCY CONDITIONS:
1. In 2022 the ATW will be offering 5 residency placements to Victorian based artists only.
2. Artists need to commit to attend the residency part time (at least 2 days per week for 6 weeks) or full time (4-5 days per week for 3 weeks).
3. Residency slots will be as follows: January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, November/December. Please enter your order of preference when completing your application.
4. ATW is accessible Monday to Friday 9 am – 5pm. Artists undertaking their residency will only be able to access the workshop during these times.
5. Artists will be expected to deliver a public outcome such as an educational workshop, talk or open studio.
6. Artists will deliver an informal talk about their practice to ATW Weavers at the beginning of their residency.
7. Please note that we are not able to offer comprehensive training in tapestry weaving as part of the residency. If artists are interested in learning tapestry, we suggest they enrol in one of our classes prior to the residency.
8. Artists will have access to $100 worth of ATW Yarn. If artists wish to use additional ATW yarn, costs will apply.
9. Artists are advised read the ‘About Us’ section on the ATW website before writing their application.

RESIDENCY OUTCOMES:
1. There is no expected artistic output for the residency; it can be used as an experimental/research period, however artists proposing to create specific work during their residency will be highly considered.
2. Artists will be included in the annual AIR exhibition the year following their residency, the work should be created during the residency or in relation to research completed during the residency.

ARTISTS WILL RECEIVE:
1. Artists will be given a dedicated 4 x 4m working space at the ATW with desks of various sizes, access to ATW yarn, tapestry weaving materials and use of a computer.
2. There are two looms for cloth weaving available including a 4 shaft, 6 treadle Leclerc floor loom and a 50cm wide Ashford rigid heddle loom. There is also a 60cm 2 shaft table loom for cloth and tapestry weaving.
3. Artists will receive a $400 stipend to assist with purchasing materials to create their work for the exhibition.

ASSESSMENT:
Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:
1. Artistic Merit: Strength of the artists practice and potential for artistic growth and professional development.
2. Proposal: Viability of the proposed project and the artist’s capacity to achieve these outcomes.
3. Engagement: The artist creates opportunities to introduce the ATW to new artistic ideas, audiences and education or public program outcomes.

Artists will be selected by a selection panel including Antonia Syme AM, Director Australian Tapestry Workshop, Emeritus Professor Valerie Kirk, Former Head of Textiles, School of Art & Design, ANU and Tapestry Weaver and Dr Kirsten Lyttle, Lecturer Critical and Theoretical Studies, VCA, Sessional Lecturer, RMIT and artist.

TO APPLY:
Please complete the online application form below. Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:
1. Artistic Merit: Strength of the artists practice and potential for artistic growth and professional development.
2. Proposal: Viability of the proposed project and the artist’s capacity to achieve these outcomes.
3. Engagement: The artist creates opportunities to introduce the ATW to new artistic ideas, audiences and education or public program outcomes.

We suggest writing your application in a word document then copying and pasting it when you are ready to submit.

You will be required to provide:
1. Contact information
2. Preferred residency timeframe and dates
3. Brief statement about your practice (200 words)
4. Brief statement on why you want to do a residency at ATW (200 words)
5. Brief description of what you propose to do during the residency (200 words)
6. 1 page CV (PDF)
7. Up to 5 support images (JPEG, max 1MB) – these can be of previous work or proposed work for the residency.

Applications will close on Sunday 7 November at 5pm AEST. All successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 23 November 2021. If you have any questions, please email contact@austapestry.com.au.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and border closures preventing international and interstate in artists from travelling to Melbourne, the ATW will only be accepting applications from Victorian artists in 2022. This is to ensure artists will be able to complete residences. We are only able to offer 5 places as we have a number of artists from 2020 and 2021 who have still to complete their residences and will do so in 2022. In 2023 we hope the program will return to normal and accept applications from international and interstate artists.