Image: Kaspar Schmidt Mumm, IMMI, 2018. Photo: Sia Duff

Guildhouse is calling for expressions of interest from South Australian artists for TWO Artist Residencies, the flagship offerings of ART WORKS 2020, an exhibition and residency program delivered by Guildhouse in partnership with the City of Adelaide.

This is the third year of the ART WORKS program, which delivers on the City’s Cultural Strategy 2016-23 for Adelaide to be recognised as a cultural incubator where people, enterprises and audiences flourish.

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 2020 Emerging Curator and Writer-in-Residence also being held during 2020. 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.

We invite applications for two six month residencies spanning February 2020 to February 2021.

Artist in Residence One: February 2020 to August 2020

Artist in Residence Two: September 2020 to February 2021

Applicants may only submit one proposal and can nominate their preferred time frame during the application process.

Applications close on Friday 10 January 2020, 5 pm.

The 2020 Artist in Residence program will involve the following:

  • The Artist in Residence is responsible for delivering a dynamic and engaging presence through use of the space as both a functional studio space and a visually engaging public engagement platform, with exposure to some 2000 plus passers-by per day
  • 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 $3,000 (ex GST) and will enter into an agreement with Guildhouse.

In addition to the stipend, the program offers:

  • Use of the ArtPOD, accessible between 7 am and 6 pm, Monday to Friday (standard hours) plus weekend access during the course of the residency (it is expected that the artist will make regular use of the space)
  • 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
  • Guildhouse is responsible for management of the Artist-in-Residence program and Guildhouse staff will have regular contact with the artist

Guildhouse and the City of Adelaide Culture Team will assess applications against the criteria and eligibility as listed below. Please be sure you are eligible to apply, that your application addresses the criteria, and contains all required inclusions.

  • Proposals must explore at least one element of the key strategic 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 be financial members of Guildhouse.
Applications must include
  • Your proposed project for the residency (max 400 words)
  • Outline how you will explore ONE key element from the following key strategic directions identified in the City of Adelaide’s Strategic Plan (select one only max 250 words)
    • Smart – a connected city
    • Green – a sustainable city
    • Liveable – a welcoming and inclusive city
    • Creative – a dynamic city full of authentic, rich and diverse experiences
  • 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

Do I have to be an emerging or established artist to apply?

This opportunity is available for artists at any stage of their career. However artists should have at least 3 years minimum as a practicing artist and can demonstrate an active practice with exhibition and public outcomes.

Is the residency open to artists working across all media?

Yes we welcome applications from artists working across all mediums. Due to the public nature of the residency it is more suited to artists who are used to working in the public realm and having interaction with the general public.

Do I have to be based in South Australia to apply?

Yes your primary place of residence should be in South Australia.

Do I have to be a Guildhouse member?

You do not need to be a current Guildhouse to apply for the Artist in Residence. If you are successful and receive a residency you will need to become a Guildhouse Accredited Member.

How many days per week do I need to spend at the ArtPOD?

This is negotiable, but you will be required to spend at least three days per week in the ArtPOD space.

Do I need to engage with the public?

ArtPOD is a visible space located in the City of Adelaide offices in Pirie St. It is glass fronted, so there may be times when you are working and visible to passers-by. There will be a private working space as well in the ArtPOD.

When will I be paid the stipend of $3,000?

The stipend will be paid in two parts over the duration of the residency. You will receive an upfront payment followed by a final payment at the end of the residency.

Do I need to produce finished work for exhibition?

It is anticipated that there will be an exhibition outcome, but this could include work that this already in development and new work. The artist in residence will receive feedback and input from the Emerging Curator and Guildhouse staff about exhibition and public outcome requirements.

Do I receive any support for materials and exhibition outcomes?

There is no additional cash support for materials. There may be some support offered for exhibition outcomes such as hanging systems, plinths etc.

Do I need to have any insurance for the residency?

The artist in residence will need to have public liability insurance. Guildhouse Accredited Membership includes a tailer made insurance package.

What is the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2016-2020?

The Strategic Plan provides guidance for the City of Adelaide over the period 2016-2020. The Strategic Plan consists of four key themes Smart, Green, Liveable and Creative, underpinned by objectives and 110 actions to demonstrate Council’s commitment to tangible results. You can find further details and download the plan here.



For any further information or queries contact Julianne Pierce at Guildhouse on 8410 1822 or