Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre’s Artist-in-Residency program has been designed to allow craft practitioners and designer-makers to extend their artistic boundaries through a unique research and residency period. For 2017, we are honoured to have the Australian War Memorial as our research partner. Artists-in-Residence have the use of a living and working space at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namagdi National Park. Artists may be asked to engage with the community and participate in a public program including an open day at the Cottage. Resulting work from the Artist-in-Residency program will be displayed in an exhibition.

Who can apply?

The Artist-in-Residence program expressions of interest are open to professional, practicing craft practitioners and designer-makers who have a demonstrated history of excellence in their practice. Applications are open to Craft ACT members and depending on quality and type of applications; one to four residency placements are available.

Craft ACT members can apply either as an individual or as a group. If applying as a group, at least one person must be a member of Craft ACT.


Research period at Australian War Memorial
3 to 11 April 2017 with a further week 1 to 5 May 2017 following the residency period

Residency period at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namagdi National Park
12– 30 April 2017

October 2017 (exact dates tbc)

Research Period:

Artists will have access to the Australian War Memorial’s collections and staff during Monday to Friday only; however there is access to the research centre on the weekends.  During this time, artists will be provided with a working desk and computer, and a staff member (curator) to assist with collection access for the duration of the research period.

Residency Period:

Artists-in-Residence have the use of a living and working space at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park. The site is remote and isolated in the Australian bush and artists must be self-sufficient. The cottage is located approximately 50-60km from the nearest town centre, Tharwa, ACT. The Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage is a fully furnished and powered site.


An offsite exhibition will take place during October 2017 to align with the Parks open day. It will be held at Rock Valley Homestead at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve or Namadgi Visitors Centre

Application process (information required for application at bottom of page)

All applications must be submitted via Submittable and will be considered by the Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Artistic Program Sub-committee, Curator and the CEO. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Submissions close:  5.00pm Friday 14 October 2016

Applicants will be notified by end of October 2016

The Fine Print


Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre requires each artist-in-residence to enter into a short-term contract with the Centre for the duration of the residency and the exhibition in 2017. The Contract must be signed by both parties before the residency commences.

As part of the Artist-in-Residence program at Namadgi National Park, a Site Usage Agreement (SUA) between the artist and Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is required. The artist is required to agree to and sign the SUA prior to commencement, as well as to attend an on-site induction provided by ACT Parks and Conservation Service. The SUA forms part of the residency Contract between Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and the artist.

Costs and Subsidies

The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by Craft ACT, ACT Parks and Conservation and the Australian War Memorial. Accommodation at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage is provided to artists-in-residence at no cost. Artists will cover all living and transport expenses for the duration of the residency. Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre will provide a suitable amount of firewood for use during the residency. Artists are responsible for covering any further firewood supplies as needed.

The artist will agree to:

  • Undertake the Artist-in-Residence program (residency, community engagement activities and research period) for the purpose of creating new work based on their experience
  • Comply with all occupational, health and safety requirements when researching within the Australian National War Memorial
  • Comply with all occupational, health and safety requirements when living and/or working within the National Park.
  • Sign and return the Site Usage Agreement before commencing the residency and undertake an induction provided by ACT Parks and Conservation Service on commencement.
  • Comply with the guidelines set out in the Induction and Guidelines Manual for Artists
  • Provide their own transport, food and linen.  Namadgi National Park is a wildlife sanctuary. Pets and other animals are not allowed into the National Park and Nature Reserve. Due to national park safety procedures, visitors, including partners, children and friends of resident artists are not permitted to join during the program at the residency sites.
  • Provide own access to WIFI if needed
  • Participate in community engagement activities through the residency’s public program.
  • Make work for the exhibition in 2017
  • Transportation of and transit insurance for exhibition work.
  • Installation assistance, if applicable.
  • All costs relating to specific mounting requirements of the exhibition.
  • Supplying the work with suitable display accessories including stands, hanging materials or other aids necessary, by the installation date.
  • Punctual delivery of promotional information - a current curriculum vitae, artist statement and high resolution images.
  • Supplying information about the exhibition works to the gallery prior to the exhibition commencing.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is responsible for:

  • Organising the public program and supporting the exhibition installation and demount
  • Insurance and public liability for the exhibition in 2017.
  • Exhibition support material.
  • Publicity, promotion and advertising of the residency and exhibition in 2017.

Sale of works during exhibition

The artist will make all work available for sale during the residency exhibition unless prior approval to the contrary has been given in writing by Craft ACT.

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre applies a 35% commission on the selling price of all works sold during the exhibition period. If Australian, the artist will supply an ABN or Statement by a Supplier and GST status before the exhibition commences.    

The Artist-in-Residence program is presented in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation Service and the Australian War Memorial.

Information asked for the Expression of Interest

  1. Cover sheet with applicants’ details (name, address etc)
  2. Current curriculum vitae (maximum of two A4 pages)
  3. Residency proposal (minimum of one A4 page and maximum of two A4 pages).
      Applicants should address the following selection criteria:
    • Why would you/the group like to undertake and what do you hope to achieve during a residency in Namadgi National Park and a sustained research period at the Australian War Memorial?
    • How will the residency enhance your practice/s?
    • How will this proposal engage with community?
    1. Images (6 high quality images indicative of your practice, submitted in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation format. All images should be clearly labelled with your name, art work title, year, medium/materials, dimensions and photographer credit).

    Submit your Expression of Interest for 2017 Artists-In-Residence now.

    Interested in learning more about our Artists-In-Residence program from past and current artists? Join us on Saturday 17 September at Namadgi National Park as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this fantastic program.