Artists in Residence

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.

Inner West Artist in Residence Program 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.

Residencies are 10 to 12 weeks long and usually open in May each year.

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, over 45 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 on +61 2 9335 2123 or

Current Artist in Residence - Nadine Schmoll

Artist - bottle top work

Inner West Council is very pleased to announce that artist Nadine Schmoll from West End Brisbane, Queensland has arrived in Ashfield and will be the artist in residence at Thirning Villa until the first week in November 2017.  Nadine has provided the following description of her art practice and plans for her residency:

'As both an artist and educator, I am interested in the use and management of resources and the impact this has on our environment.  My art practice centres around creative re-use and encompasses wearable art, sculpture and installations – often as collaborative and sustainable arts learning experiences for children and young people. Experiences living in the Great Barrier Reef and Ecuadorian rainforest continue to inform my practice. My background in jewellery design allows me to switch easily from large scale artworks to smaller scale pieces. 

I work with repurposed and everyday materials, mainly plastics. The act of collecting and sorting discarded materials is part of an intuitive way of working that allows the materials to guide the artistic process. My intention is to immerse and reconnect the viewer with that sense of wonder we experience as children through art that is playful and engaging. 

Recently I have begun exploring the interplay between science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). My goal for the residency is to deepen understanding of the intersection between these areas for myself as an artist and educator, as well as within the Ashfield community. I will do this via an exhibition of work and community engagement programs such as a collaborative art installation and children's workshops.'

For more information about the artist you can visit

The artist will be facilitating the following School Holiday Workshops:

Wednesday 4th October 2017 @ Ashfield Library at 10am.  ‘Under the Sea’ upcycling plastic waste - this workshop is suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years old.  Plastic waste has a big impact on our environment, especially our oceans.  Kids can make a weird and wonderful sea creature from plastic and will re-use a rainbow of plastic materials such as plastic bags, packaging, bottle caps and more. 

Wednesday 4th October 2017 @ Ashfield Library at 2pm.  The ‘Wearable Circuits’ workshop is designed for young people aged 12 to 18 years of age.  Fashion is fused with traditional and contemporary technologies for a unique art experience.  Participants will be shown how to create simple and complex electrical circuits and apply them to wearable art such as an armband, bowtie or necklace. 

Both of the workshops are FREE but bookings are essential at

 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

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 White's 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 is now OPEN. To be eligible you need to return your application by the CLOSING DATE: Monday 11 September, 2017.

Download the White's Creek Cottage
Guidelines and Application form here (PDF 795.5KB)

The current Artists in Residence are Sally Mowbray and Janny Grant. They were awarded their residencies in October, 2016.

Enquiries: Bronwyn Tuohy on 02 9367 9379 or



Dawn Fraser Pool - Ian Chapman

Winter Dawn Artist in Residence (Balmain)

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.

The current Artist in Residence is Jacqueline Larcombe. Please be invited to visit her studio to see what Jacqueline has been up to during the first three months of her residency. 

Artist in Residence Morning Tea
Tuesday August 8, 2017

Please RSVP to by Sunday August 5.

Download the Dawn Fraser Artist in Residence Morning Tea Invitation  (PDF 71.8KB)here

Previous Artists in Residence have included:
2016 - Carl Milton
2015 - Ian Chapman
2014 - Ro Cook

Enquiries: Bronwyn Tuohy on 02 9367 9379 or

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:

Enquiries: Naomi Bower on 9335 2249 or


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

Enquiries: Naomi Bower on 9335 2249 or


Petersham Town Hall Studios (Petersham)

The Petersham Town Hall Studios are three artist studios and a common area above the Petersham Town Hall.

Previous Petersham residents include; My Darling Patricia, Lucas Ilhein, Urszula Dawkins and Palestinian theatre company, 7arakat.

The Petersham Town Hall studios have been undergoing works and are not currently tenanted.

Enquiries: Naomi Bower on 9335 2249 or


19 Railway Rd (Sydenham)

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

Enquiries: Naomi Bower on 9335 2249 or


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