Australia-Thailand Intstitute

Artist-in-Residency Program guidelines

The Australia-Thailand Institute (ATI) artist-in-residency program supports innovative programs that promote cultural awareness with the aim of creating long term relationships between people and organisations in Thailand and Australia.

Who can apply?

The annual residency in visual arts, writing and performing arts would be open to both Thai and Australian artists over the age of 18, with a proven art practice of at least three years. The residency can include professional development via workshops, forums, collaborations, and/or the development/completion/presentation of a new body of work.

Funding available

A maximum of $10,000 AUD is available annually under this program.  It is anticipated this will fund one full-time artist-in-residency for a period of 4-12 weeks.

The ATI may fund more than one artist-in-residency per year where funding allows. 

Funding may cover the following costs:

Travel

  • Return economy airfare between Thailand and Australia (includes any necessary domestic flights to make international connections)
  • Departure taxes
  • Passport fees
  • Visas
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance

Medical

  • Vaccinations
  • Pre-departure check-ups

Accommodation

  • Rent
  • Guest house
  • Hotel rates
  • Hostel

Living Expenses

  • Meals
  • Laundry
  • Groceries
  • Utilities

In-country transport

  • Taxis
  • Subway
  • Domestic flights
  • Trains
  • Bus
  • Car/motorbike/scooter hire

Communications

  • Internet
  • Phone

Consumables

  • Stationery
  • Postage
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Photocopying

Fees

  • Residency fees
  • Conference fees
  • Singing/dancing/drama/art/language lessons
  • Museum/theatre/film/concert fees
  • Studio hire

Freight

  • Freight costs

Materials

  • Costumes
  • Art supplies
  • Music
  • Canvasses
  • Film

Please note that funding is to cover the expenses of the artist-in-residence only.  Any accompanying partners/families are not covered by this funding.

Residency options

The ATI artist-in-residency program allows applicants to choose from three possible options:

  1. A self-initiated residency in which the applicant identifies the host organisation; or
  2. A Thai based residency at ComPeung - Chiang Mai Province; or
  3. An Australian based residency at the Darwin Visual Arts Association or the NT Writers’ Centre.

Residencies should be between 4 and 12 weeks in length.

Thai based residency partner

ComPeung - Chiang Mai Province

The ComPeung Artist-in-Residence Program is designed for local and international artists to live and work together with the ComPeung team and the local community. By living and working together in basic yet comfortable conditions with the ComPeung team, the local communities and a broad spectrum of artists, the ComPeung program provides the resident artists with a wide range of exchanges, opportunities, experiences and possibilities. ComPeung aims to be an open playground for dialogues, alternative contexts, experiments, explorations, and mutual learning. The aspired goal for ComPeung is to develop and expand into a network of artists and art organizations on local, regional and international levels.

Art Form/s: Visual Arts, Writing, Performing Arts

Collaboration accepted? Yes

Preferred host dates: Any time, except the month of October

Potential opportunities: Community workshops

Location and transport: 30 – 45 minutes drive to Chiang Mai city centre; 5 minute cycle to shops. Bicycles available for getting around the region; public transport to city nearby

Facilities: Internet, private studio/study room, performance space, two outdoor spaces for site-specific works

Accommodation provided? Yes on site; Includes private bathroom, Wifi access and shared areas. Three home cooked meals per day create a setting for exchange and dialogue

Fees: Yes – THB 30,000 per month (approx. $982 AUD); includes accommodation, 3 meals per day and airport transfers to and from Chiang Mai airportcompeung@yahoo.com

Partners/ Families permitted? Yes

Website: www.compeung.org

Contact: compeung@yahoo.com +66 87 694 8483

Australian based residency partners

The ATI has secured two Australian based residency partners, both located in Darwin.

Darwin Visual Arts Association

A not-for-profit community based arts organisation, supporting the production, promotion and appreciation of visual arts by local and visiting artists in all media, as well as increasing public awareness and audience participation in contemporary visual art in Darwin. An artist run initiative, DVAA provides excellent facilities and resources, including two small gallery spaces and four artists' studios (non-residential), which are aimed at fostering ongoing artistic, innovation and professional development for all artists in a supportive environment.

Art Form/s: Visual Arts

Collaboration accepted? Yes

Preferred host dates: Any time

Potential opportunities: Build networks with three other DVAA studio artists, group exhibitions, open studio events

Location and transport: Located in Frogs Hollow Centre for the Arts in Darwin city

Facilities: Studio space is provided free of charge

Accommodation provided? No. For assistance in arranging accommodation you may contact ATI Board Member Ms Margie West, email:margiewest8@bigpond.com, mobile: +61 40 888 9695.

Fees: Nil

Partners/ Families permitted? n/a

Website: www.dvaa.net.au

Contact: Manager, Leanne Waterhouse
info@dvaa.net.au
+61 8 8981 9351 or +61 409 182 993

The Northern Territory (NT) Writers' Centre

An independent advocacy and support organisation that runs a diverse program of literary activities and new initiatives to encourage and support the development of young writers (to 30 years of age), Indigenous writers, and writers from non-English speaking backgrounds. The Writers' Centre mission is to develop, inform, advocate and showcase NT and Australian writing, and to strengthen literary trade and exchange in the Australasian region. The NT Writers' Centre values quality writing in all its forms and NT writing as a unique component of the nation's literary wealth. The NT Writers' Centre believes that the Australian literary industry needs to strengthen its engagement with Asia if it is to remain vibrant and relevant.

Art Form/s: Writing

Collaboration accepted? Yes

Preferred host dates: Any time

Potential opportunities: Participation in Word Storm (29 May-1 June 2014)

Location and transport: 56 McMinn Street, Darwin

Facilities:

Accommodation provided? No. For assistance in arranging accommodation you may contact ATI Board Member Ms Margie West, email: margiewest8@bigpond.com, mobile: +61 40 888 9695.

Fees: Nil

Partners/ Families permitted? n/a

Website: www.ntwriters.com.au

Contact: Executive Director, Panos Couros
executive@ntwriters.com.au
+61 8 8941 2651

Artists-in-residency obligations

Artists-in-residency will be expected to grant the ATI full and unreserved permission to use photographs/recordings/images/excerpts from their residency in ATI publications and on the ATI website and Facebook page.

All publicity and marketing related to the residency must acknowledge ATI support.  The residency must always be referred to as the “ATI artist-in-residency program”.

Artists must provide a comprehensive report to the ATI following the conclusion of their residency.  This must be submitted no more than 90 days after the end of the residency.

How do I apply?

To apply applicants must submit an online grant submission to the ATI.  Submissions are invited from 1 September – 30 September each year. 

Applicants must first liaise with host organisations to establish a suitable schedule.  Applications must include a letter of support from the host organisation as well as two professional referee letters.

Whilst the ATI artist-in-residency program welcomes applications from Australian and Thai artists from all backgrounds and art disciplines, the ATI reserves the right to give favourable consideration to applicants that meet ATI priority areas.  Any priority areas identified by the Board will be advertised clearly and prominently on the ATI website and online application form.  Priority areas may include particular art disciplines, artists from particular cultural backgrounds, or artists from particular regions. 

Applicants should explain how their proposed project aligns with the ATI artist-in-residency program goals and objectives.

Objectives

  1. Strengthen people-to-people linkages through cultural exchanges and creative collaboration.
  2. To promote Australia in Thailand, and Thailand in Australia, through arts and culture.
  3. To reinforce Australia’s standing as a stable, sophisticated, multicultural and creative nation with a rich and diverse culture.
  4. Promote Thailand as a sophisticated, innovative and creative nation with deep cultural roots.

Goals

  • To strengthen long-term cultural relationships between Australia and Thailand.
  • To support projects that project a positive and contemporary image of Australia and Australia’s capabilities in Thailand through the delivery of high quality and innovative arts and cultural residency programs.
  • To support projects that project a positive and contemporary image of Thailand and Thailand’s capabilities in Australia through the delivery of high quality and innovative arts and cultural residency programs.

Priority areas

Priority areas, in order of priority, are currently:

Nil.  The inaugural ATI artist-in-residency program welcomes applications from Australian and Thai artists from all backgrounds and art disciplines.

Assessment Process and Timeframe

A selection panel consisting of a combination of ATI Board members and experts in relevant artistic fields will assess applications in early October against the following selection criteria:

Criteria Maximum score Weighting Total
Total 40 100% 40
1. Meets priority area (only when applicable) 5 10% or 0% 4
2. Strengthens people-to-people linkages that will provide long term benefits to artist’s career 5 20% 8
3. Promotes Australia in Thailand, or Thailand in Australia 5 20% 8
4. Project a delivers a high quality and innovative arts and cultural residency programs 5 20% 8
5. Project timeframes are achievable (lesser weighting when priority area criteria is in effect) 5 15% or 10% 6 or 4
6. Budget items listed are necessary and realistically costed (lesser weighting when priority area criteria is in effect) 5 15% or 10% 6 or 4
7. Referee 1 opinion on applicant’s ability to manage project 5 5% 2
8. Referee 2 opinion on applicant’s ability to manage project 5 5% 2

The ATI would expect to inform applicants, via email, of the outcome of their application by mid-October each year. 

Successful applicants should commence their arts residency between 1 November and 30 June. 

Note: the best times of year to travel to avoid the wet season are April – September (Darwin) and December – April (Thailand).