Image: Artist in Residence 2021 Ruby Chew in the City of Adelaide ArtPOD. Photograph Sam Roberts.

Guildhouse is calling for expressions of interest from South Australian artist and writer teams.  

This is a callout for the first round of THREE collaborative Artist and Writer Residencies, the flagship offerings of ART WORKS. ARTWORKS is an exhibition and residency program delivered by Guildhouse in partnership with the City of Adelaide. 

Applications open: Wednesday 8 December 2021
Applications close: Monday 17 January 2022, 9am
 ACDT (Adelaide time)

The residencies will be based at the City of Adelaide’s ArtPOD in the breezeway at 25 Pirie St, Adelaide. The Artist and Writer in Residence (AWIR) program will run alongside the ART WORKS Early Career Curator opportunity. There will be regular meetings, feedback and discussion across these roles in the development of curatorial, exhibition and writing outcomes across multiple city-based sites. 

We encourage interest from artist and writer teams with diverse creative practices. The residency affords opportunities for a breadth of public and audience engagements including exhibition, participatory or performative events, workshops and critical dialogue. These outcomes will be led by the artist and writer, supported by the Early Career Curator and Guildhouse Programs team. 

Proposals will need to respond to at least one element of the key strategic directions identified in the City of Adelaide’s Strategic Plan:  

  • Thriving Communities  
  • Strong Economies  
  • Dynamic City Culture 
  • Environmental Leadership   

This is the first call out for an ART WORKS residency program with artist and writer teams in the ArtPOD and we encourage interest from practitioners with diverse creative practices. A variety of approaches to undertaking the residency could be considered which may include but are not limited to: 

  • Artist and writer work collaboratively in the space on new or existing projects 
  • Artist and writer share the space, working largely independently but participate in critical engagement and discussion with each other and the early career curator to strengthen and extend their existing practices 
  • Artist and writer have some shared interests including techniques, materials, themes or concepts OR have diverse practices but are keen to work responsively 
  • Artist and writer explore storytelling across different mediums and viewpoints 

Please note: Successful applicants will need to provide a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in accordance with City of Adelaide’s vaccine mandate from 20 December 2021.  

It has really kick started a new direction for me and it’s been invaluable to have the opportunity to speak and receive feedback about my work with such a broad demographic.
Particularly at a time where my practice is changing so much. I have gained new confidence in explaining my work to others – particularly non artists. 

Ruby Chew

ART WORKS 2021 Artist in Residence

The ART WORKS residency created the time, the space, the inspiration to continue to draw upon my passion for collecting, curating and installation, but all in the service of the writing. It’s a genius Guildhouse idea to have a writer, two artists and curator all in residence at the same time, so they can create interconnected artworks, exhibitions and writing.

Susan Charlton

ART WORKS 2020 Writer in Residence


We are currently inviting applications from artist and writer teams for Residency One (4 months duration): 

  • 1 March to June 2022 

Applications for a further two artist and writer residencies will open later in 2022 

  • Residency Two: July 2022 to October 2022 
  • Residency Three: November 2022 to February 2023 

The 2022 Artist and Writer in Residence program will involve the following: 

  • ArtPOD offers a highly visible studio/project exhibition space together with a self-contained working space, storage and access to amenities. Each AWIR will be supported with customised vinyl signage on the glass frontage to inform and engage audiences. 
  • Each AWIR will have dedicated use of ArtPOD throughout their residency period. ArtPOD is accessible between 8am and 7pm Monday to Friday. No weekend access is available. 
  • It is expected that the AWIR will have community-engaged practices and be comfortable working in a way that is highly visible to the public (exposure to some 2000 plus passers-by per day).  
  • The AWIR will develop an approach to capturing and responding to audience engagement and feedback.  
  • The AWIR will make regular use of the ArtPOD space, committing up to 2-3 days per week. 
  • The AWIR must ensure a COVID safe approach, and where feasible engage with the public through a process of open sessions, workshops or talks at ArtPOD.  
  • Guildhouse is responsible for management of the Artist and Writer in Residence program and Guildhouse staff will have regular contact with the AWIR 
  • The AWIR will propose a program that could involve developing new work and/or working on existing projects. The AWIR will work together with the Early Career Curator on the outcomes of the residency which may involve exhibition or events at City of Adelaide venues including the ArtPOD, City Library, Adelaide Town Hall first floor foyer and Mankurri-api Kuu (Reconciliation Room).  

Each Artist and Writer in Residence will receive a stipend of $2,500 (ex GST) ($5000 per pair) and will enter into an agreement with Guildhouse. 


Guildhouse and the City of Adelaide Creative City Team will assess applications against the criteria below and will invite shortlisted applicants for interview in the week commencing 31 January. Please be sure you are eligible to apply, that your application addresses the criteria, and contains all required inclusions. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in mid-February 2022 to commence from 1 March 2022 onwards. 

Please note: Applications must be submitted via the online form. 

Criteria and Eligibility 

  • Proposals must explore at least one element of the key directions identified in the City of Adelaide’s Strategic Plan  
  • New work will be created  
  • Audience development will be explored through collaboration and participation 
  • Cultural activity in the City of Adelaide will increase 
  • Outcomes must fall into the broad visual arts, craft and design sectors 
  • Applications will not be considered that denigrate or exclude any groups in the community 
  • Successful applicants will need to hold public liability insurance to the value of $20,000,000  
  • Successful applicants will need to provide a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in accordance with City of Adelaide’s vaccine mandate from 20 December 2021 

Applications must include 

  • Your proposed project for the Artist and Writer in Residence. 
  • Outline how you will explore ONE element from the key directions identified in the City of Adelaide’s Strategic Plan. 
  • Outline of applicants’ reason for applying and expectations from the AWIR program. 
  • One consolidated PDF (2-4 pages) of collated biographies (max 150 words each) and CVs  
  • One consolidated PDF of max 15 pages of material which supports your practices e.g. high quality images of work, exhibition catalogue excerpts, reviews and published writings.  
  • Contact details for two referees 

For any further information or queries contact Guildhouse Program Officer Heidi Kenyon on:
Tel: 08 8410 1822 (Wednesday and Friday)


Applications close: Monday 17 January 2022, 9am