Image: ART WORKS Artist in Residence Jane Skeer at the City of Adelaide ArtPOD, 2020. Photograph: Sam Roberts.

Guildhouse is calling for expressions of interest from South Australian artists for THREE Artist Residencies, the flagship offerings of ART WORKS 2021, an exhibition and residency program delivered by Guildhouse in partnership with the City of Adelaide.

The residencies will be based at the City of Adelaide’s ArtPOD in the breezeway at 25 Pirie St, Adelaide. The Artist in Residence (AIR) program will run alongside the ART WORKS 2021 Emerging Curator and Writer in Residence (WIR) also being held during 2021. 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 artists with diverse artistic practices.  The residency affords opportunities for a breadth of public and audience engagements including exhibition, participatory or performative events and critical dialogue. What these outcomes might be will be led by the artist, in conjunction with the Emerging Curator and Guildhouse Programs team.

My time here in the Artpod … has enabled me to build strong connections with this community, familiarizing them of my presence, participating and engaging with the working public. It has also offered me the privilege to listen and consider others, a shared narrative. 

Jane Skeer

ART WORKS Artist in Residence 2020

This opportunity has been invaluable to my growth as an artist … Having the ArtPod to begin new work and receive feedback helped me to shift into a positive and productive headspace. This in turn has allowed me to start conceptualising and creating new work for my future exhibition. 

Jasmine Ann Dixon

ART WORKS Artist in Residence 2020

Applications close Thursday 18 February, 9am

We invite applications from artists for three four-month residencies spanning March 2021 to February/March 2022:

Artist in Residence One:           March 2021 to June 2021

Artist in Residence Two:           July 2021 to October 2021

Artist in Residence Three:           November 2021 to February 2022

Applicants must nominate their preferred residency period during the application process.

The 2021 Artist 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 Artist in Residence will be supported with customised vinyl signage on the glass frontage to inform and engage audiences
  • Each Artist in Residence will have dedicated use of ArtPOD throughout their residency period. ArtPOD is accessible between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
  • It is expected that the artist will have a community-engaged practice and be comfortable working in a way that is highly visible to the public (exposure to some 2000 plus passers-by per day). Artists will develop an approach to capturing and responding to audience engagement and feedback.
  • Artists will make regular use of the ArtPOD space, committing up to 3 days per week
  • Artists must ensure a COVID safe approach, and where feasible engage with the public through a process of open sessions at ArtPOD and artist talks
  • Guildhouse is responsible for management of the Artist in Residence program and Guildhouse staff will have regular contact with the artist
  • The Artist in Residence will propose a program that could involve developing new work and/or working on existing projects. The Artist will work together with the Emerging Curator on the outcomes of the residency which may involve exhibition at City of Adelaide venues including the ArtPOD, City Library, Adelaide Town Hall first floor foyer and Mankurri-api Kuu (Reconciliation Room)

 Each Artist in Residence will receive a stipend of $2,500 (ex GST) 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 22 February. 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 late February 2021 to commence from March 2021 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 (see application info below)
  • 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 be financial members of Guildhouse
Applications must include
  • Your proposed project for the Artist in Residence (max 400 words)
  • Outline how you will explore ONE key element from the following key directions identified in the City of Adelaide’s Strategic Plan (select one only max 250 words)
    • Thriving Communities
    • Strong Economies
    • Dynamic City Culture
    • Environmental Leadership
  • Outline of applicant’s reason for applying and expectations from the Artist in Residence program (max 250 words)
  • Artist biography (max 200 words)
  • One page CV
  • One consolidated PDF of max 10 pages of support material that could include: exhibition catalogue, exhibition images, artwork images, reviews
  • Contact details for two referees

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