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The Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio (AIR)

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Visual artists are invited to apply to be part of the Artist in Residence (AIR) program, which is in two streams:

SELF FUNDED RESIDENCY: Artists are invited to apply to rent the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio. The program is subsidised making the rental fees $350/week (exclusive of GST). For further details and to apply refer to the AIR - Fee Guidelines and Application Form (3.96mB PDF). Applications for 2021 will be accepted from 16 March 2020 to COB 11 June 2020. Applications will not be assessed by 17 July 2020. Applications will be assessed in the order in which they were received.

FUNDED RESIDENCY: funded residencies are supported through the generous benefaction of Mr Tim Fairfax AC and complemented by government grants and the Gallery’s support organisations.

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

2020

Ron McBurnie and Euan Macleod (in collaboration)
Tamara Dean

2019

Kate Rohde
Pam Tippett**
Adam Pyett**
Nicholas Harding**

** to create new work for forthcoming exhibition in the Margaret Olley Art Centre

2018

Ryan Presley
Maria Kontis

2017

Joshua Yeldham Installation view of Portrait, an exhibition by Kirsten Coelho - Copyright Tweed Shire CouncilInstallation view of Portrait, an exhibition by Kirsten Coelho
Fiona Lowry
Lewis Miller*
John Honeywill*

* to create new work for 'A painters house', MOAC, 30 March - 7 October 2018.

2016

Guy Maestri

2015

Kirsten Coelho
Nicholas Harding

2014

Alex Seton
Monica Rohan

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.

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