We cooperate as an association to advance the practice of sculpture and the reputation and appreciation of sculpture and sculptors in the community. This is regardless of whether or not we make a living from sculpture and regardless of our preferred style or medium. To this end we support artists’ moral rights, we advocate a professional attitude to the production and presentation of work and encourage the artistic and intellectual stimulation of interaction amongst artists of all persuasions.

Artist in Residence Opportunity - Nillumbik Shire

Applications for the Laughing Waters Artist-in-Residence 2009 program are now open

Applications must be received by 4pm, 19 September 2008.
Before submitting your application, read the 2009 guidelines here.
To apply for a residency, download the 2009 application form here.

Emerging and established Australian artists and overseas artists, supported by reputable art organisations or institutions, are now invited to apply for a residency of up to three months, between April and November 2009. The residency is an opportunity to live and work in either Birrarung, a heritage mudbrick house, or River Bend, a newly acquired residence with spectacular views of the Yarra River. Individual, joint and group applications will be considered.

Both properties, are situated on protected bushland owned by the State and managed by Parks Victoria. They are both located on Laughing Waters Road, Eltham approximately 30 kilometres east of Melbourne, Australia, with the Yarra River in close proximity.

Artists Residence Program – Birrarung – east sideArtists Residence Program - Birrarung - living roomArtists Residence Program – Birrarung – entrance

The artist-in-residence program is designed to:
 provide the opportunity for contemporary artists to develop their practice in an inspiring natural and cultural environment
 contribute to cultural development within the Shire by providing the local community with access to high quality arts activity and local artists with professional development opportunities
 raise awareness of the residency site and its significance on a local, national and international level
 help conserve the environmental and cultural values of the residency site
 profile the Shire of Nillumbik as a leading arts location in Victoria.

Background information:

Birrarung is a heritage mudbrick dwelling designed in harmony with the natural bush. It was designed and built by landscape designer Gordon Ford and builder Graham Rose in 1970 using organic and recycled materials. Birrarung, and the neighbouring abode Boomerang, which was designed by Alistair Knox are situated on two hectares of protected bushland on Laughing Waters Road, Eltham, Victoria, Australia. The property is located approximately thirty kilometres east of Melbourne with the Yarra River close by.

The buildings have a long association with the art and design community, as they have housed a number of artists over the years. The buildings are an exemplification of the abode construction associated with the post-World War II period in this locality and evoke the Eltham lifestyle by the recycled materials used, the open plan design and the connection with the artistic community.

For further information please contact Catherine Dinkelmann, Cultural Development Officer, on (03) 9433 3126 or email
Catherine.Dinkelmann@nillumbik.vic.gov.au .

Download Files
 Laughing Waters Artist-in-Residence 2009 application form
 Laughing Waters Artist-in-Residence 2009 guidelines

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