Artist in Residence

2017 AIR Applications Now Open

The Lock-Up is now accepting applications for its nationally renowned Artist in Residence (AIR) Program for 2017. Creative practitioners from all disciplines are invited to apply.

2017 AIR opportunities will focus on providing artists with time and space to expand on their artistic practice, researching and experimenting with ideas for new work or new ways of working.

AIR participant community engagement opportunities for this application will be through The Lock-Up’s public programming activities or facilitated involvement with partner organisations; the University of Newcastle and Hunter TAFE. 

No exhibition opportunities are available for 2017.

Applications close 31 MARCH 2016.

About AIR

The Lock-Up’s nationally renowned AIR Program provides onsite accommodation, a work environment and community engagement opportunities for creative practitioners working across a broad range of disciplines. Residencies are between 2 - 12 weeks depending on the needs and practice of the resident and the particular nature of their residency.

The program enables participants to research and develop ideas for new work, explore new forms of expression, provides professional development opportunities for artists and audiences, facilitates access to community and cultural networks and feeds directly into The Lock-Up’s public and artistic programs.

The flexible approach to the residency and its integration into The Lock-Up’s cultural programming also creates opportunities for artists and curators to deepen their engagement with site when they are directly engaged in The Lock-Up’s artistic program.

As a key requirement, AIR participants are required to engage with the community either through public programming activities that can include lectures, artist talks, workshops, open studios, exhibition or performance or through direct involvement with the program’s partner organisations; the University of Newcastle and Hunter TAFE.

Residents participate in the program through a combination of by application and by invitation opportunities.

A written report outlining residency outcomes and feedback is required within 3 months of residency completion.

In the seven years the program has been running, AiR has hosted over 100 creative practitioners from around Australia and the world, including visual artists Joan Ross, Kath Fries, Dani Marti, Kurt Sorenson and Tamara Dean, authors Nikki Gemmel and Marion Halligan, performance artists Liam Benson, Jodie Whalen and Julie Vulcan, poet Mark Treddenick, choreographer Carol Dilley and producer Marcus Westbury.


Located in the heart of Newcastle’s inner city, less than 5 minutes walk to the cities main beach and ocean baths, the residency apartment is a self-contained apartment located on the second floor of The Lock-Up.

The apartment includes a fully equipped kitchenette and lounge area with adjacent separate queen bedroom and shower en suite. Additional amenities include television, DVD, fan and heater, ADSL and wireless internet access.
A separate office/ study room with a desk and futon day bed is also available for use. Bedding, linen and towels are provided. Due to the age of the building the apartment is not wheel chair accessible. Access is by stairs. An overnight car space is available but parking during business hours is on the street or in nearby parking station.

Through partnerships with the University of Newcastle and Newcastle Art School (Hunter St. TAFE) artists have access to off-site studio working space, photographic and printmaking facilities, sculpture workshop equipment and multimedia technology.


Costs covered by The Lock-Up AIR Program include accommodation, cleaning, laundering of linen, offsite studio space and facilities and access to office facilities including internet services.

Costs NOT covered by the residency program (unless by prior arrangement) include living expenses, travel, transport or freight costs and material or production costs. These costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

Supporting Partners

The AIR Program supported by the Newcastle Historic Reserve Trust through The Lock-Up, The School of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle and Newcastle Art School, Hunter TAFE NSW. The Lock-Up also works in collaboration with arts organisations including Octapod and This Is Not Art, Renew Newcastle, Hunter Writers Centre and Newcastle Writers Festival.

Application Requirements

Applications for The Lock-Up’s Artist in Resident Program must include:
  1. All fields on the online application form completed.
  2. Current CV: no longer than 1 x A4 page
  3. Support Material: comprising of up two of the below:
    • Digital images (no more than 10 at maximum of 1MB per file)
    • Video (a maximum of 2 files no longer than 5 minutes duration)
    • Written work (no more than 2 pieces at a maximum length of 2 pages each)
Applications must be received by 31 March 2016.


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