The Farm Margaret River Funded Residency

Applications for the 2025 Funded Residency program open Friday March 1, 2024.

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Applications open March 1 and close 5:00pm (AWST) Sunday June 2, 2024  with the eight-week residency to be undertaken between February and October 2025. Timing of the residency is to be determined between the Funded Residency recipient and The Farm.

Who Can Apply: Visual artists, as either individuals or groups.

  • Applicants must be at least 18-years-old.
  • Applicants must have a good level of written and spoken English.
  • Applicants must be emerging or professional practising visual artists and be recognised as such by their peers.
  • It is strongly advised that applicants hold their own Australian or international drivers licence, as alternative transport options in the region are limited.
  • We encourage applications from people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, as queer and/or trans and as having a disability, as well as people of colour, people of all genders and from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds. We also encourage applications from artists of all professional levels, from emerging and early career to established.

The residency is focused on site-specific projects, created during an eight-week period through research and collaboration while living at The Farm. The Farm offers space and time for artists, as individuals or a group, to consider our place in the natural environment, surrounded by the ancient beauty of South West Western Australia. Any work that arises from the residency or from collaborations should reflect your time spent at The Farm. You will be supported to share your work with the local community. There are a number of specific outcomes for the residency, itemised below.

  • Artists must write an article, essay or other contribution reflecting on the artist’s experience and their work created at the residency. This writing may be published online.
  • Artists must deliver an experience at the property through which the local community can engage with the artist and the residency such as a workshop, talk, open studio, exhibition or tour.
  • Artists must create site-specific artwork on the property based generally on the proposal set out in the artist’s entry application for the residency and the artist’s previous works.
  • The artist consents to, and agrees to cooperate with TFMR in, professional documentation of the artist’s participation in the residency and their artwork by film, photography and audio recording, at TFMR’s expense.
  • The artist is encouraged, but not obliged, to donate to TFMR part or all of any site-specific artwork that is not permanently or temporarily fixed to the property.

In addition to accommodation in our self-contained artists studios, the successful artist or group will receive a grant of $7,500 (ex. GST) to cover out-of-pocket expenses.

  • The grant ​​covers all fees, costs and expenses incurred by the artist in undertaking the residency including all materials and equipment required during the residency, all other travel and accommodation costs, insurance premiums, food, freight and other out of pocket expenses.
  • TFMR will arrange, book and pay for travel expenses to the property from the artist’s place of residence if required, and host the artist on the property in self-sustained studio accommodation.
  • The artist understands that no other fees or payments will be owed to them.

Selection Criteria:

Artistic Merit

  • A high standard of developed artistic ability, quality and innovation in the artist’s work to date.
  • A commitment to a high standard of professional arts practice with an established exhibitions history comprising solo and/or group exhibitions, visual art sector involvement, and relevant experience and expertise.
  • A clearly articulated contemporary artistic concept in relation to the art practice and work.
  • Demonstration of professional practice.

‍The Potential for Artistic Development

  • How the artist practice will relate with the themes of the residency (site-specific).
  • How the residency will benefit the artist’s art practice and career at this time.
  • How the artist may enhance the Western Australian arts community as a result of the residency.
  • Commitment to the residency time frame without other projects that may detract.

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