The New Agency Residency Program supports an emerging First Nation artist in the development of a studio based project and public outcome, utilising the physical space/s of the New Agency project space in Kensington, Birrarung-ga Melbourne.
The artist in residence will be supported and mentored in the development and delivery of their project by Steven Rhall (primary mentor), Dan Mitchell (Footscray Community Arts Centre community partnership mentor), Dr Kate Just (mentor - studio project), and Dr Cameron Bishop (mentor - studio project). 

Timeline (all dates 2020): 
January 27th - applications open (application URL forthcoming)
April 7th - applications close
May 23th - application outcome announced 
July 19th to August 31st - residency period including presentation period**. 
*Earlier commencement of residency period is possible via negotiation 
**The artist determines what constitutes and when a 'presentation' occurs  

Information and guidelines for applicants:
This residency program inherits the general ethos of New Agency in critiquing and responding to traditional modes of art making and presentation. We therefore seek an emerging First Nation artist who ideally has an interest in unorthodox modes of practice including post-conceptual art, process led and performance / performative methodologies. Whilst the residency is 'held' by the physical space of the (New Agency) building, the artist is encouraged to respond creatively to the setting provided including ideas of the 'exhibition,' 'exhibition as form' and creative potentials around the idea of a 'public outcome'.        
Eligible applicants: Any artists can apply who identify as First Nation / Peoples of 'Australia.'
Space specifications: The artist has exclusive use of a space sized at 5.3 x 6.6M for both studio and presentation based activities with potential use of an additional space with sink, and roller door with access to alleyway (sized 8.7 x 3 M) dependant on the residency projects needs. 

Accomodation and per diems: artist is responsible for own accommodation and per diems. If required, New Agency can assist in sourcing suitable accommodation for the duration of the residency.

Artist and material fees: The resident artist will receive an artist fee of $3000 and access to a materials budget of $3000 minimum. Subject to change via increase.
Studio specifications: The New Agency project space will be closed to the public during the residency for use as a studio (sized at 5.3 x 6.6 M). If applicable, the artist may also utilise the rear ‘Access space’ for both
studio and presentation outcomes.

Studio resources, access and ammenities: The artist has use of various studio tools and resources including and can access the space 24/7 via roller door using a key / passcode. The space has CCTV for the safety of all users. The studio and presentation spaces are fully accessible but the toilet and upstairs residence unfortunately have stairs. Access to an accessible bathroom with neighbouring tenants may be arranged if required.    
The studio is not suited to arts practice which requires the use of open flames or generates loud noise however some of these activities can be supported with prior consultation. 

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