Artists in residency programs

Inner West Council offers a number of Artist in Residence programs throughout the area.

Inner West Artist in Residence Program (Ashfield)

Thirning Villa in Ashfield, exterior and studio room.

The Inner West Artist in Residence Program (Ashfield) provides self-contained accommodation in the historic two storey ‘Thirning Villa’ in Pratten Park, Ashfield New South Wales, Australia and is open to artists who reside outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area and international artists.

Ashfield is a rich cultural environment where artists can develop their practice and work with the community to further the artistic strengths of the Inner West of Sydney.

Since 2003, artists from all over Australia and around the world have participated in this unique program. Painters, poets, sculptors, dancers, film makers, puppeteers and songwriters have visited Ashfield and stayed at Thirning Villa.

Enquiries: Olivia Patchett

02 9335 2123

Current Artist in Residence - Julie Monro-Allison

 My visual art practice draws on the technologies and methodologies of craft and contemporary art in order to explore relationships between people and cultural and physical environments. Most recently, my work investigates reproduction and how human and non-human spaces of reproduction are perceived and imagined. This new exploration builds on my previous interests in the navigation of emotional terrain; craft, land and identity; the politics and practices of collection and exhibition; and the attraction of remote and impossible places both figurative and real. Narrative and imagination are central qualities in my work. Working with varied media primarily within the disciplines of sculpture, drawing and textiles, my artistic choices are shaped by a commitment to environmental sustainability and a philosophy of making do with what is at hand.
One of my main objectives while I am at Ashfield is to experiment with bringing two and three dimensional techniques together in different formal arrangements, and strategies for integrating different media into single works. My background is in textile art and drawing, and in recent years I have also made sculptural work using wood and other found materials, and I am interested in enlarging on these techniques and also in experimenting with alternate modes of practice, such as documentary practice and audio-visual collaboration. Julie Monro Allison4

Julie Monro-Allison will have an Open Studio on Sunday 22 April, 2.30pm - 5pm. This will include an Artist talk at 3pm. 

Experimental drawing

This class introduces a range of playful drawing exercises and paper-based activities, designed to help generate visual ideas and develop creativity in a supportive and structured environment. Particularly geared towards those who may feel intimidated by the idea of making art, these classes will provide a tool box of exercises designed to increase creative confidence. Those with prior experience are also welcome as the exercises can be used to develop new ideas and creative possibilities.

Experimental Drawing consists of four classes, held on Sunday mornings 10.30am -12.30pm. The dates of the classes will be the 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th April 2018.

Limited places- bookings are essential. This class is free, many thanks to the Inner West Council Artist-in-Residence program.

Past Artists in Residence

  • Cher Breeze
  • Sarah-Jane Cook
  • Yenny Huber
  • Ken Hutchinson
  • Eric Broome
  • Karen Kerkhoven
  • Veronica Calarco
  • Melissa Hunt
  • Gillian Hand
  • Deborah Redwood
  • Johannes Klabbers
  • Stephen Gill
  • Andrew Hull
  • Bryony Anderson
  • Adrian Symes
  • Steven Holland
  • Ian Marr
  • Ian Burns
  • Jack Randell
  • Marianthe Loucataris
  • Van Badham
  • Liu Yanqin
  • My Darling Patricia
  • Rochelle Summerfield
  • Laine Hogarty
  • Grace Bailey
  • Richard Maude
  • Christine Wheeler
  • Lara Scolari
  • Ossi Yalon
  • Xin Li
  • Linda Swinfied
  • Elizabeth Woods
  • Kate Cotching
  • Hannah Furmage
  • Bagus Prabowo
  • AirSpace Projects
  • Marlene Plunkett
  • Nicole Voevodin-Cash
  • Xie Jihong
  • Elizabeth Slottje
  • Gary Freemantle
  • Genevieve Carroll
  • Nadine Schmoll
  • Anita Fricek

Whites Creek Cottage Artist Residence

Whites Creek Cottage Subsidised Studio Spaces (Annandale)

The Whites Creek Cottage Subsidised Studio Program is a new 12 months residency offering two studio spaces in The Whites Creek Cottage at a low cost.

The residency suits artists who seek inspiration from nature. Environmental artists are encouraged to apply.

The call out for the 2017 Cottage Artist in Residence closed in September 2017.

Download the Whites Creek Cottage
Guidelines and Application form here (PDF 795.5KB)

The current Artists in Residence are Elizabeth White and Nastia Gladushchenko. They were awarded their residencies in October 2017.

Winter Dawn Artist in Residence (Balmain)

Unfortunately the Winter Dawn Artist in Residence Program will not be available during Winter 2018. This is due to major improvement works occurring at the site. The program will be available for artist applications again in Winter 2019.

The Winter Dawn Artist in Residence Program offer studio space at the Dawn Fraser Baths, over the winter closure period. This means that for five months the selected artists will occupy a studio space with highly sought after views across to Cockatoo Island and White Horse Point.

Previous Artists in Residence have included:

2016 - Carl Milton 2015 - Ian Chapman 2014 - Ro Cook Dawn Fraser Pool - Ian Chapman

Image credit: Dawn Fraser Baths by Ian Chapman 

Art Camp (Camperdown)

 Art Camp is an arts complex in Camperdown Park containing three visual arts studios and the Australia Street Hall.

Current tenants include Michele Morcos, Sarah Harvie and Gabrielle Bates:

To find out more about the artists visit the following websites:

228 Illawarra Rd (Marrickville)

228 Illawarra Rd Marrickville is a gallery space tenanted by arts collective Frontyard, who also host monthly artists in residence at the facility. Talks and workshops have included Futuring workshops for the Sydney Biennale 2016.

Visit the Front Yard Projects website for more

19 Railway Road, Sydenham

19 railway road studios

19 Railway Road Sydenham is eight visual arts studios on the fringe of Sydenham Green, currently tenanted by Stone Villa inc.

This includes a short-term artist residency and writers residency.

Stone Villa artists run the Wearable Art Prize and hosts children’s art activities for Council’s Australia Day celebrations.

Visit the Stone Villa Studios website for further information

Further Information

For more information about any of the listed residencies, please contact: Amanda Buckland, Living Arts Manager, 02 93925754,


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