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The Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio (AIR)


Visual artists, curators, arts writers and visual arts educators 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 Fee Paying Application Form and Guidelines (621kB PDF). OPEN - APPLY NOW for residencies in 2016.

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.

Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio
View from Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio
The Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio and view from the studio

Funded Residencies – 2015

Gatya Kelly (NSW) – March 2015

This residency is proudly supported by the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

Gatya Kelly Mevlana Gardenia Abundance 2012 oil on canvas
Gatya Kelly Mevlana Gardenia Abundance 2012 oil on canvas

Kirsten Coelho (SA) – September 2015

Kirsten Coelho Silent Interval  2014 ceramic
Kirsten Coelho Silent Interval 2014 ceramic

Nicholas Harding (NSW) – October 2015

Nicholas Harding Pandanus 2008 ink on paper
Nicholas Harding Pandanus 2008 ink on paper

Funded Residencies – archive

Monica Rohan (QLD) – November 2014

Monica Rohan resided in the AIR studio for one month. During this time she completed a series of studies of details of the natural environment and of textiles and other objects from the Margaret Olley Estate. Rohan worked the results of these studies into new examples of her intriguing self-portraits that portray her being overwhelmed and engulfed by her surrounds. These works will form the basis of a solo exhibition in the Friends Gallery from June – October 2015.

Monica Rohan
Monica Rohan

Alex Seton (NSW) – March 2014

The first artist in resident, Sydney-based sculptor Alex Seton completed a two week residency in March 2014. At the intersection of performance art and marble carving the residency saw Seton using a pantograph machine in the gallery, within a large perspex box, to create marble replicas of objects donated by people in the community.

Alex Seton
Alex Seton working in Gallery
Alex Seton working in the gallery during his residency

Fee Paying Residencies – 2016

Gabrielle Jones (NSW) – January

Jay Foley (NSW) – February

John Bartley (NSW) – May/June

Trevor Purvis (QLD) – June/July

Dawne Fahey (NSW) – September

Nicholas Harding (NSW) – October

Anita Hochman (QLD) – November

Fee Paying Residencies – 2015

Jay Foley (NSW) – January

Colleen Da Rosa (NSW) – March/April

David Pavich (NSW) – April

Robyn Gaudion (QLD) – May/November

John Patrick Bartley (NSW) – July/August

LeAnne Vincent (QLD) – November

Fee Paying Residencies – 2014

Alison Mackay and Richard Morecroft (NSW) – September

The new Nancy Fairfax AIR Studio at the Tweed Regional Gallery is absolutely outstanding, both in terms of its practicality for creative pursuits as well as the comfort and liveability of its accommodation. The proximity to the gallery made access to exhibitions and other Gallery facilities really easy, while the design of the studio gave a sense of privacy and independence. It was a perfect environment in which to develop new ideas - which certainly happened during the residency - and the support and warm welcome from Gallery staff made the whole stay a pleasure. Our only regret was a shortage of time - we would have loved to stay longer - but maybe we can return for a second dose! Richard Morecroft

Alison Mackay 1
Alison Mackay 2
Richard Morecroft Chillde Water 2014
Left and centre: Alison Mackay at work in the AIR; Right: Richard Morecroft Chilled Water 2014 80 x 125cm four panelled photograph.

Elaine Green (NSW) – October

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.

Last Updated: 05 October 2016