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Historic and Cultural Residencies

The Historic and Cultural residency locations are offered as part of the Tasmanian Residencies Program and provide opportunities for individual artists, partnerships and collaborations wishing to access some of the most interesting cultural and heritage hubs in the state. The sites are predominantly colonial heritage, including three of the sites listed by UNESCO in 2008 as part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage serial listing.

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 artistCollaboration
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 partnerships with a variety of different Tasmanian authorities.

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site – South Hobart

Located in the shadow of Mount Wellington a short distance from the Hobart waterfront, the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is a significant part of Tasmania's convict heritage and is a great starting-point for exploring the island's other World Heritage-listed convict sites. The 'Factory' (as female prisons were known) operated from 1828 to 1856, and today three of the original five factory yards form the Historic Site. The tall stone walls echo many scars of the past, where barred windows and heavy doors were once the only connection to the outside world. The site can be both emotional and rewarding, creating a connection with the stories of female convicts in Australia and their children – stories that are often tragic, but that also inspire hope.

This is a studio-only offering; recipients must make their own accommodation arrangements. However there are exhibition opportunities at this site.

Contact: Dr Jody Steele
Email: jody.steele@portarthur.org.au
Phone: (03) 6251 2336
Website: www.femalefactory.org.au

Coal Mines Historic Site – Port Arthur

The Coal Mines Historic Site was Tasmania's first operational mine, established in 1833 as a much-needed local source of coal, but also as a place of punishment for the 'worst class' of convicts. Along with the Port Arthur Historic Site, the Coal Mines Historic Site is included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property. The Coal Mines formed part of the system of convict discipline and punishment on the Tasman Peninsula. During its busiest years almost 600 prisoners, overseers and their families lived and worked at the Mines. While the underground workings are no longer accessible, there are spectacular ruins of houses, barracks, offices and punishment cells.  Basic accommodation is located 25 minutes away within the Port Arthur Historic site. This residency can be taken at any time of the year however for accommodation purposes between April and November is best.

There is no accommodation fee. The PAHS Management Authority waives the accommodation fee for visiting artists. However, a visiting artist needs to be aware that accommodation facilities are basic and may involve the artist sharing a house with others.

Contact: Dr Jody Steele
Email: jody.steele@portarthur.org.au
Phone: (03) 6251 2336
Website: http://coalmines.org.au/

Highfield Historic Site – Stanley

Built in the 1830s by the Van Diemen's Land Company, this elegant homestead is the site of the first European settlement in the North West. Faithfully restored, Highfield has many original furnishings, lovely gardens, courtyards and many inspiring outbuildings suitable to work from. Situated near the picturesque coastal village of Stanley, the estate overlooks several iconic views including a dormant volcano and the dramatic northwest coastline.

This is a studio-only offering and recipients must make their own accommodation arrangements. However, there is ample space for exhibition opportunities at this site.

Studio space and access to house, gardens and outbuildings: $60 per week

Contact: Lesa Scott
Email: highfield@parks.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6458 1100
Website: www.historic-highfield.com.au

King Island Arts and Cultural Centre – Currie

King Island is renowned throughout the world for its premium dairy, beef, seafood and kelp. It has more shipwrecks than any other part of Australia, stunning coastal landscapes and nearly 80 species of birds. This arts residency is located at the island's Arts and Cultural Centre. Preference will be given to artists willing to engage with the local community, heritage or environment.  Available for extended stays, this residency can be taken at any time of the year.

Accommodation fee: $160+GST per week.

Contact: Arts and Cultural Centre Coordinator
Email: arts@kingisland.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6462 1924
Website: www.kingisland.org.au

Kings Bridge Cottage - Launceston

Perched high at the mouth of Launceston's stunning Cataract Gorge, this beautiful Victorian cottage is listed by the National Trust. With dramatic views of the gorge and offering good facilities, including access to professional exhibition or community workshop space, this residency is in walking distance to the city centre. Preference will be given to artists who are willing to engage with the local community. Please refer to website below for details. This residency can be taken at any time of the year. (WIFI enabled, you will need to provide your own device.)

Please note that details for 2017 are yet to be confirmed. Contact below for further information.

Contact: Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
Email: Artist.In.Residence@launceston.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6323 3719
Website: www.launceston.tas.gov.au/lcc/index.php?c=156&langID=1

Oatlands Gaol – Oatlands

Oatlands historical village is on the shores of Lake Dulverton and is the largest town in Southern Midlands. Part of Tasmania's Heritage Highway, it has more colonial sandstone buildings than any other town in Australia.  The residency accommodation is in the upstairs area of the old gaol. It has recently been refurnished and features a new kitchen and a bathroom with laundry facilities.  Downstairs is an office space with internet access for resident artists.  Artists can also arrange to use the archaeology lab as a wet area and the exhibition room to display work.  Artists will also have access to the Callington Mill and the historic Court House, which offers opportunities for performance.  Residencies in Oatlands are available March – December.

Accommodation fee: $140 a week
Contact: Alan Townsend
Email: atownsend@southernmidlands.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6254 5047
Website: www.southernmidlands.tas.gov.au/oatlands-gaol

Port Arthur Historic Site – Port Arthur

Established in 1830, this is one of Australia's most significant penal settlements. It is one of the 11 sites across Australia that together form the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. Sitting among 135 hectares of magnificent grounds, Port Arthur provides rare glimpses into Tasmania's convict past through interpretive displays, restored buildings, a harbour cruise, and live theatre performances. The site has good access to amenities. Close by is the magnificent Tasman National Park with some of the best coastal scenery in Tasmania. Basic accommodation is located within the Port Arthur Historic site. This residency can be taken at any time of the year, however for accommodation purposes between April and November is best.

There is no accommodation fee for this residency. The PAHS Management Authority waives the accommodation fee for visiting artists. However, visiting artists need to be aware that accommodation facilities are basic and may involve sharing a house with others.

Contact: Dr Jody Steele, Heritage Programs Manager
Email: jody.steele@portarthur.org.au
Phone: (03) 6251 2336
Website: www.portarthur.org.au

Woolmers Estate – Longford

The Estate is one of the sites admitted to the UNESCO Australian Convict Sites World Heritage serial listing, representing the assignment phase of convict life. Woolmers Estate is located near Longford and was one of the first settlements in the area. The original homestead was built in 1817, with the grand extension being completed circa 1840. Inhabited by the Archer family until 1994 the Estate is situated on a hill beside the Macquarie River and has views of the "English style" patterns of hedges, fields and roads of the surrounding properties. Within the Estate, you can see and experience the lifestyles of all those who lived and worked on that land and surrounding properties - the Aboriginal people, Archer family and other free settlers, the male and female convicts, and the visiting workers and businessmen from the Longford area.

Accommodation is available in the restored convict built self- contained Gardeners Cottage with access to all buildings and gardens, plus a studio/workshop area.

Please note that only one residency is available for this site each year.

The residency for 2017 has been filled - applications for this site would be for 2018.

Accommodation fee: $150 per week
Contact: Kim Gatenby
Email: enquiries@woolmers.com.au
Phone: (03) 6391 2230
Website: www.woolmers.com.au