The Farm: Margaret River’s Residency

Deadline:

Deadline: June 2, 2024

The Farm Margaret River is a working rural property and a mecca for artistic practice, dedicated to exploring our connection to land through art. Each year, local, national and international artists and collaborators are invited to an ever-changing, ancient piece of land to create site-specific artwork informed by this unique place. The artist’s contributions continue to form part of our ongoing collective inquiry of the intersection between art and the natural environment.

The residency runs over an eight-week period, during which time visual artists are hosted in self-contained studios. In addition to accommodation and support for travel, if required, the successful artist or group receives a grant of $7,500 to cover out-of-pocket expenses. In 2025, the Funded Residency program is focused on the visual arts including (but not limited to) painting, sculpture, photography, film, printmaking, ceramics and land art. The Funded Residency is an inclusive program, and creatives of all backgrounds and professional stages are encouraged to apply.

We are pleased to announce our Selection Panellists: Annika Kristensen, Tom Mùller, and Olive Gill-Hille. Mùller shares, “The Farm residency program offers a welcome opportunity for practising artists to immerse in place, to suspend time allowing for complete focus on practice to best respond to the spirit of our times.”

A family-founded project, The Farm comprises several studios and a workshop, providing access to both agricultural farming land and natural bushlands. An artesian spring feeds a dam and tributary that flows to the ocean, while waves can be heard crashing along the isolated beaches nearby, and witnessed from walking tracks that wind along coastal cliffs. By inviting visual artists to work on-site, The Farm seeks to engage with and learn from the land through experimental practices, creative inquiry, and visual languages. The residency offers space and time for visual artists to consider our place in the natural environment, surrounded by the ancient beauty of South West Western Australia.

Speaking to journalist Olivia Senior for Art Collector Magazine, The Farm’s Creative Director Giorgia Mack expressed that  the Funded Residency program aims to bring “the community along the journey; making them see this region in a new light or bringing light to a new phenomenon.”

Over the past eight years, The Farm has hosted a diverse range of artists from across Australia, Europe, and New Zealand, such as Danae Stratou, Chris Booth, Cora Jongsma, Nathalie Hartog-Gautier, and Harrison Riekie. This year, we are excited to welcome Lutruwita/Tasmanian artist Cassie Sullivan who will be undertaking her residency from June. These residencies have resulted in a collection of unique artworks which form a tangible archive of our ongoing learning about the environment and our relationship to it.