Approximately three months
Paid by host:
  • Accommodation and studio space
  • Internet and electricity
  • Provide a $A200 per week stipend
  • Free membership to the Ashfield Aquatic Centre
  • Free membership to the Ashfield Library
  • Free membership to the West Lawn Suburbs Tennis Club
  • Cover costs associated with the agreed community development and/or engagement element of the program such as material costs for workshops
Paid by artist:
  • Costs of materials to create their work during their residency
  • Will donate an artwork created during the residency to Council
  • Public Liability Insurance if they intend to run open studio sessions or workshops
Application guidelines:

The applicants must be over 18 years of age, reside outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area and have the necessary skills and physical capacity to live independently.

Late applications will not be accepted. Artist must focus on the following criteria:

  1. the demonstration of artistic merit - quality, integrity and originality
  2. Benefits to the artist professional development
  3. Benefits to Ashfield community - a creative and convincing approach to the community development component of the program which caters for the diversity of the Ashfield Local Government Area population
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Ashfield Artist in Residence

Ashfield Artist in Residence


The Artist in Residence (AIR) program has played an integral role of the Ashfield cultural community for more than 10 years with over 30 participating artists staying at the historic Thirning Villa in Pratten Park. Established in 2003, the first artist was Andrew Hull from Bourke in North West New South Wales. Andrew set the tone of the program with workshops for children and generous engagement with the community. Initially the program was for Australian artists only, but has since expanded to accept international artists as well.

Since the inception of the program, Ashfield Council has hosted painters, poets, songwriters, a puppeteer, film maker, photographers, sculptors, composer, musicians, textile artist, choreographer, writer, protrait artist, book maker, paper maker, letter cutter, choir master, traditional Chinese ink artist, weaver, printer and more.

The program is open to all art forms including but not limited to; visual, photography, film, theatre, performance, experimental, multi-media, sculpture, music and the literary arts with the focus being to provide artists with the opportunity to develop their practice.


The overall aim of the program is to assist Ashfield Council to realise its vision of nurturing and supporting an inclusive and creative community by:

  1. supporting artists to develop and sustain their practice, and to explore new ways of working across platforms
  2. providing art and cultural development opportunities to local artist, and the broader community.

The artist is required to include a community development/engagement component into their stay. The form of the engagement will be agreed upon before the commencement of the residency.

Studio Information

The studio/workshop space is located downstairs in the Villa. It has timber flooring and is not suitable for large, and/or wet construction work, however the outdoor courtyard and laundry space could be used for more 'dirty' large scale work. There is access to water, and some noise restrictions apply as the downstairs space also accommodates the Ashfield Historical Society. The spaces are separate and have private access.

Accommodation Information

The accommodation is situated upstairs and has a large kitchen, bathroom, main bedroom and living room. There is also an extra room that is suitable for a second bedroom or extra living space. The bedroom and living areas are carpeted. There is a washing machine, off street car parking, and linen, kitchen utensils and crockery are provided.

Technical Information

Wi Fi internet access, TV & DVD and 24 hour secure space access are provided and all support is considered on a case by case basis.


Thirning Villa is located in the Inner West area of Metropolitan Sydney, New South Wales Australia and is about 15 minutes by train from Sydney Harbour.

Contact information

40 Arthur Street, Ashfield
Sydney NSW NSW 2131

anthiah [at]