The Bunurong Fieldwork Residency


Deadline: November 24, 2022

McClelland is calling for expressions of interest from First Nations artists to join a residency program aimed at developing skills and capacity in public art and delivering major creative outcomes.

The Bunurong Fieldwork Residency at McClelland will enable four First Nations artists or artist teams to reside in McClelland’s studio cottage over a period of six to twelve weeks each, developing detailed concept proposals for a permanent site-specific public artwork. While in residence, each artist or team of artists will be supported by McClelland to engage with Bunurong history, culture and community.

McClelland will provide accommodation, artist and travel fees, and a stipend for four artists or artist teams. In consultation with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BLCAC) and McClelland, workshops will provide the selected artists with opportunities for skills development in public art and collaborative, cross-cultural practices.

Applicants are encouraged to form creative partnerships/teams to maximise the value of collaborative work and skills-sharing required for the scale and ambition of the public artwork development. Artists are not required to identify the entire team in the Expression of Interest phase and will have the ability to engage additional members or expertise during the residency and beyond, in response to the requirements of the proposed public artwork.

The selected artists or artist teams will be paid a fee of $17,600 +GST to undertake their residency in the McClelland studio cottage for up to three months between 2023 and 2024, in addition to travel expenses of $2,000 +GST. Cultural engagement fees will be paid to the Bunurong Aboriginal Land Council Aboriginal Corporation by McClelland.

Expressions of Interest are welcome from all Australian First Nations artists or groups of artists (artist teams) at any stage in their career.

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