Artist in residence studio

Nancy Fairfax Artist-In-Residence studio - photo from outside with views to Mt Warning / Wollumbin
Nancy Fairfax Artist-In-Residence studio - photo from inside with views to Mt Warning / Wollumbin

The Nancy Fairfax Artist-in-Residence studio (top photo shows studio from outside, bottom photo shows view from inside)

Through the Margaret Olley Art Centre, the Tweed Regional Gallery offers a unique experience of Margaret Olley’s home studio; providing insight into Australian art history and practice, and honouring the artist’s legacy of mentorship and patronage.

The Nancy Fairfax Artist-In-Residence (AIR) studio program encourages arts practice and creative engagement between artist, community and place.

Apply Residencies Background

How to apply

Visual artists are invited to apply to be part of the Artist in Residence (AIR) program, which is in 2 streams:

Self funded residency

Artists are invited to apply to rent the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio. The program is subsidised making the rental fees $350 per week (plus GST).

Applications for 2022 and 2023 are now closed. The application round for 2024 will open early 2023.

Funded residency 

Funded residencies are supported through the generous benefaction of Mr Tim Fairfax AC and complemented by government grants and the Gallery’s support organisations.

  • One funded residency per year occurs by invitation only.
  • One funded residency per year is allocated annually to a Masters of Fine Art graduate from the National Art School. The Tweed Regional Gallery's partnership with the National Art School aims to showcase emerging artists in recognition of Margaret Olley, a National Art School alumnus 

Residencies

2022

  • Susie Dureau (Tweed Regional Gallery - National Art School Masters of Fine Art Residency Award)
  • Clare Belfrage

2021

  • Arash Chehelnabi: Tweed Regional Gallery - National Art School Masters of Fine Art Residency Award

2020

  • Jacqueline Hennessy - inaugural recipient of the Tweed Regional Glalery - National Art School Masters of Fine Art Residency Award
  • Ron McBurnie and Euan Macleod (in collaboration)

2019

  • Kate Rohde
  • Pam Tippett**
  • Adam Pyett**
  • Nicholas Harding**

** to create new work for forthcoming exhibition in the Margaret Olley Art Centre

2018

  • Ryan Presley
  • Maria Kontis

2017

  • Joshua Yeldham
  • Fiona Lowry
  • Lewis Miller*
  • John Honeywill*

* to create new work for 'A painters house', MOAC, 30 March - 7 October 2018.

Installation view of Portrait, an exhibition by Kirsten Coelho

Installation view of Portrait, an exhibition by Kirsten Coelho

2016

  • Guy Maestri

2015

  • Kirsten Coelho
  • Nicholas Harding

2014

  • Alex Seton
  • Monica Rohan

Background

The Artist in Residence (AIR) studio extends and completes the re-creation of Margaret Olley’s home studio at Tweed Regional Gallery (TRG).

Throughout her professional life, Margaret Olley supported many artists through mentorship and financial assistance. To Margaret, the most productive ways of supporting artists were to encourage the public exhibition of an artist’s practice and to encourage sales.

It is widely known that Olley mentored a number of younger artists and encouraged their representation in public and private collections. She actively supported artists and advanced their careers through purchasing works for collections or offering artists the opportunity to further their development through fellowship programs.

The AIR studio program offers artists an opportunity to stimulate their practice in a creative environment. The Gallery administers and promote a program which will see at least 2 invited artists participate in funded residency programs at TRG annually. The artwork resulting from these residences will be included in the Gallery’s exhibition program and displayed in the Friends of the Gallery.

The cost of these 2 annual residencies will be funded through the generous benefaction of Mr Tim Fairfax and complemented by government grants and the Gallery’s support organisations.

During the remaining months of the year, the AIR will be occupied by artists who have successfully applied to use the Studio on a fee-paying basis. The Gallery will allocate a number of residency periods ranging from a week to a maximum of 2 months. Income generated through this program will feed into the Gallery’s artistic programs.