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Dombrovskis Parks and Wildlife Residencies

The Dombrovskis Parks and Wildlife residency locations are offered as part of the Tasmanian Residencies Program and provide opportunities for individual artists, partnerships and collaborations wishing to access unique wilderness locations across Tasmania.

In general, you can apply to undertake a Dombrovskis Parks and Wildlife residency for any purpose, such as to experiment with developing new techniques or ideas through time away and immersion in a new environment. However, in some cases preference will be given to artists wishing to develop projects with specific relevance  to a nominated location.

You must show sensitivity and respect towards the residency environment and ensure that your project is not likely to cause any negative environmental impact at the site concerned. Successful applicants are required to sign a Letter of Expectation prior to commencing their residency. This document outlines the conditions and expectations of residing and working within a Tasmanian National Park or Reserve.

Access to the Dombrovskis Parks and Wildlife residency locations are generally available between April and September. In some locations access may be available at other times of the year. These arrangements would need to be confirmed directly with the site managers.

Arts Tasmania also strongly recommends that artists undertaking a Dombrovskis Parks and Wildlife Residency have their own professional indemnity insurance and develop a Work Health and Safety risk management plan.

Peter Dombrovskis

The Dombrovskis Parks and Wildlife residencies category is named in honour of renowned wilderness photographer Peter Dombrovskis (2 March 1945 - 28 March 1996). Mr Dombrovskis made an outstanding contribution to photography in Australia and brought visions of the unique Tasmanian wilderness to  the world. Arts Tasmania and the Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania have made these unique and sometimes remote residency locations available to Tasmanian artists so that a new generation of artists can access and explore the landscape that so inspired Mr Dombrovskis.

For more information on Mr Dombrovskis, his work and achievements please visit: www.peterdombrovskis.com

For information relating to eligibility, application guidelines and assessment criteria please visit the Tasmanian Residencies page.

How much can I apply for?

Funding for residencies is available as a set amount per week. See who can apply to confirm the eligibility for the collaborating artist.

Some locations offer the option to divide a residency across two stages. You will need to confirm these arrangement with the site manager and include your proposed residency structure with approximate dates in your site manager's confirmation letter.

You are strongly advised to discuss your proposal with the Professional Development Officer, Wendy Morrow, prior to submitting an application.

  Individual artist       Collaboration      
Four weeks       $2 500 $5 000
Five weeks       $3 125 $6 250
Six weeks       $3 750 $7 500
Seven weeks       $4 375 $8 750
Eight weeks       $5 000 $10 000

Residency locations

These residencies are made possible through a partnership with Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service and include sites in the World Heritage area as well as National Parks.

Offering typically rustic accommodation, each residency location has been chosen for its outstanding natural qualities.

Grading system for Dombrovskis Parks and Wildlife residencies

The grading below is a basic guide only. You will need to determine if a site is appropriate prior to applying.  

Very basic amenities
Rustic but comfortable
Modest, good amenities
Very comfortable

Cockle Creek

Surrounded by rugged landscape and serene white sandy beaches, Cockle Creek is located 90 km south of Geeveston at the end of the most southerly road in Australia. This very quiet corner of Tasmania is the beginning of the wild and inspiring World Heritage Southwest National Park and is steeped in history.  Accommodation consists of a two bedroom ranger's shack overlooking the bay and river. It is twenty-five kilometres from nearest shop. There is limited mobile phone coverage.
A car is essential to access this site.

Accommodation fee: $175 per week

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/file.aspx?id=19219

Cradle Mountain

At this very popular location you will find rainforests, glaciated landscapes and a wide variety of wildlife. Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mt - Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The jagged contours of Cradle  Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while ancient rainforest and alpine heaths provide a range of environments to explore. There are a number of basic accommodation options depending upon availability.

A car is essential to access this site and mobile phone coverage is available.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3297

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Hastings Caves are believed to be among the largest dolomite show caves in the southern hemisphere. Settled under the majestic Adamsons Peak, the site features an abundance of warm thermal springs. The area is surrounded by state forest, borders on Southwest National Park / World Heritage Area, and  is well known as a place to observe platypus. Computer access is available at the nearby visitor centre.

A car is essential to access this site.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week (available within the Parks offices at the Thermal Springs by request)

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=4212

Lake St Clair

Located at the isolated, southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, this incredible area is famous for its rugged mountain peaks, icy lakes, wild forests and alpine moorlands. Carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years, Lake St Clair  is the deepest lake in Australia. Accommodation is available in rustic two bedroom cottage 300 metres from the lake and close to walking tracks.

A car is essential to access this site and there is limited mobile phone coverage.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week.

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3462

Maatsuyker Island

Please note that Maatsuyker Island residency is not currently available.

Maatsuyker Island is dramatic, rugged and isolated. Lying 12 kilometres off the southwest coast of Tasmania, it is part of the Southwest National Park and Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The island is a significant breeding ground for seals and seabirds and is an Australia Listed Heritage lighthouse station. Access to Maatsuyker is by helicopter for management purposes only and special conditions apply to this residency. Artists need to be aware that they may be sharing resources with caretakers participating in the Maatsuyker Caretakers program.

Placements are only available in the summer months from December - February.

Accommodation is in the ex-lighthouse keepers’ house.

Accommodation fee: $200 per week

Transportation: artists need to arrange with the contact person about helicopter transportation and associated costs to the island.

(All-up, costs could vary from approx. $6 000 to $10 000 depending on the length of residency and costs of helicopter operations. Supplementary funding and a longer residency may be required.)

Contact: jeremy.hood@parks.tas.gov.au

Maria Island

Located off Tasmania's East Coast, Maria Island is noted for its spectacular cliffs and abundant wildlife, as well as the remains of a township and penal station. The island is traffic-free, apart from a few park management vehicles. Accommodation is in a small, rustic cottage nestled behind sand dunes  (limited availability), or alternatively in the old penitentiary at Darlington.

Accommodation fee: depending on venue, from $140 to $210 per week + ferry costs

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3495

Mole Creek Caves

Located in the Mole Creek Karst National Park and featuring Marakoopa and King Solomons Caves, this site offers excellent displays of flowstone, stalactites, straw stalactites, stalagmites, columns, shawls, and calcite crystals within two of Tasmania's most celebrated caves. Access to caves is allowed  only when accompanied by Parks staff. Accommodation is located near the entrance of the caves.
A car is essential to access this site. Mobile phone coverage and internet are available.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3530

Narawntapu

Stretching from low coastal ranges to long Bass Strait beaches, Narawntapu includes a historic farm, a complex of inlets, small islands, headlands, wetlands, dunes and lagoons and an amazing variety of plants and animals. Among the features of the park are the easily observed animals that come out in  the evening to graze on the grasslands. Accommodation consists of the old ranger's quarters - also known as the single men's quarters - which is located a short walk from the beach and ranger's station.

A car is essential to access this site. Mobile phone coverage and internet are available.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3665

Rocky Cape

The residency site is located close to the water's edge in the small township of Rocky Cape and has views across to the village of Stanley and the volcanic plug known as The Nut. Accommodation is in a simple two bedroom shack close to stunning rock formations, beautiful hills, an incredible variety  of flowering plants as well as a dramatic cave in the nearby cliffs. Accommodation is located five kilometres from nearest shop.

A car is essential to access this site and mobile phone coverage is available.

Accommodation fee: $140 per week

Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3698