Gertrude Contemporary offers a range of residency programs for visiting interstate and international artists, curators and writers for periods of a few weeks up to three months. Participants in the residency program stay in Studio 18, Gertrude Contemporary’s residential studio, located on the top floor of the gallery and studio complex. Residents will gain opportunities to become involved in Gertrude Contemporary’s cultural community, pursue independent studio practice, and engage with cultural exchange projects during their stay.

Studio 18 Application Guidelines

Studio 18 is a self contained open plan studio and living space, approximately 96m2, with good natural and artificial light. It encompasses a small kitchen equipped with cooking facilities, a private bathroom, mezzanine bed space, telephone, internet connection, a TV and furniture. A washing machine is not provided. Access to Gertrude's computers, printing, scanning and wifi are also available. Some basic tools can also be borrowed from the gallery store room, however visiting artists are responsible for providing their own tools and materials.

The studio is centrally located in an area in which artists, arts professionals, academics and students reside, and the locale of many galleries, affordable cafes and restaurants, and is about a kilometre from the Melbourne CBD.

Contemporary visual artists pursuing an innovative practice in a professional capacity are eligible to apply. The ability to accommodate artists using very heavy or unusually large materials may be limited due to restricted access. Artists wishing to use power tools or toxic materials (such as resin) should indicate their intentions.

Visiting artists to Studio 18 are able to take up residency for one week to 3-month periods. A nominal rent is charged, which includes all outgoing costs, except telephone which is charged separately according to use.

Successful residents are chosen on the basis of quality and innovation of work, potential benefits to the applicant, the organisation and to the broader arts community. Decisions are ultimately subject to the availability of the studio.

To enquire about a short-term Studio 18 residency please contact Shae Nagorcka the Exhibitions and Studio Manager.