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What Is A.R.P.?

Now in its 6th year, A.R.P Artist Residency Program is a studio residency focused on the creative process and professional development of emerging and established contemporary visual artists. The program offerings include studio space, studio visits, mentorship and access to a network of peers to encourage creative production and community building in the early and late stages of an artist’s career. Selected residents are expected to be active in the studio throughout the six months by using the studio as a space for experimentation and dialogue.

A.R.P addresses the critical need for affordable studio space in Sydney by securing and adapting temporarily vacant space in partnership with various organisations and landlords, thus allowing artists to make work in the areas where they live. Since it’s inception in 2009 on Cockatoo Island, Sydney, A.R.P has provided artists with studio space in some of the city’s most noted landmarks. Workspace studio locations change frequently, but are always located in central Sydney. The studios are currently located on Oxford St, Darlinghurst (See Past Programs for previous locations).

By creating space for artistic production A.R.P keeps the Sydney art landscape alive and aims to propel emerging artists into the next level of their careers. Established artists have also found the program to be of enormous benefit (see Testimonials).

Studio Space

Open plan large shared space, semi-private divided studio space with 24/7 access. Individual studio spaces are approximately 4 x 5m, equipped with a desk, chair and basic overhead lighting. (Studios are non-residential)

Professional Development

Artists in residence are invited monthly for Salon group meetings. Salon evenings may take different forms but are generally an open space to discuss work, ideas, share practice, get to know the other artists in the program and together partake in an occasional potluck dinner. All artists in residence are encouraged to contribute to, participate in and propose professional development activities for Salon evenings.

Publicity/Public Programs

A.R.P provides opportunities to present work and resident artists’ practice to the general public. These include a presence on the A.R.P website, professional promotion and marketing via A.R.P social media networks, work-in-progress Open Studios and an end-of-session Open Studio Weekend and Exhibition. Events are well attended and participation is required.

Visiting Artist Program

A.R.P plans to give residents in future programs the opportunity to apply for visiting artist status at partner institutions to gain access to specialised facilities and resources.

Program offerings are subject to change.