The Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio (AIR)
Visual artists are invited to apply to be part of the Artist in Residence (AIR) program, which is in two streams:
FEE PAYING RESIDENCY: Artists and arts professionals are invited to apply to rent the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio. The program is subsidised making the rental fee just $300 per week. For further details and to apply refer to the AIR Guidelines and Application Form (547kB PDF). OPEN - APPLY NOW for residencies in 2018. Applications will be assessed from 10 June onwards, in the order in which they are received.
FUNDED RESIDENCY: Occurring twice a year, the funded residencies are supported through the generous benefaction of Mr Tim Fairfax and complemented by government grants and the Gallery’s support organisations.
Residents will be granted a living allowance, travel and free use of the AIR studio. Outcomes from the funded residencies will be included in the Gallery’s exhibition program. Funded residencies will also participate in the delivery of public programs supporting the Residency and the Gallery’s programs. Funded Residency applications are by INVITATION ONLY.
The Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio and view from the studio
Installation view of Portrait, an exhibition by Kirsten Coelho
Nancy Fairfax Artist In residence Studio - Background
Through the Margaret Olley Art Centre, the Tweed Regional Gallery will offer a unique experience of Margaret Olley’s home studio, provide insight into Australian art history and practice, and honor the artist’s legacy of mentorship and patronage.
The Nancy Fairfax Artist-In-Residence (AIR) studio program will encourage arts practice and creative engagement between artist, community and place.
The AIR studio will extend and complete the re-creation of Margaret Olley’s home studio at Tweed Regional Gallery. Throughout her professional life, Margaret Olley supported many artists through mentorship and financial assistance. To Margaret, the most productive ways of supporting artists were to encourage the public exhibition of an artist’s practice and to encourage sales. It is widely known that Olley mentored a number of younger artists and encouraged their representation in public and private collections. She actively supported artists and advanced their careers through purchasing works for collections or offering artists the opportunity to further their development through fellowship programs.
The AIR studio program will offer artists an opportunity to stimulate their practice in a creative environment. The Gallery will administer and promote a program which will see at least two invited artists participate in funded residency programs at TRG annually. The artwork resulting from these residences will be included in the Gallery’s exhibition program and displayed in the Friends of the Gallery.
The cost of these two annual residencies will be funded through the generous benefaction of Mr Tim Fairfax and complemented by government grants and the Gallery’s support organisations.
During the remaining months of the year, the AIR will be occupied by artists who have successfully applied to use the Studio on a fee-paying basis. The Gallery will allocate a number of residency periods ranging from a week to a maximum of two months. Income generated through this program will feed into the Gallery’s artistic programs.