Expressions of Interest- Palace of Production Residency on KI

This Country Arts SA residency honours the creative spirit of Cath Cantlon, who produced contemporary art and sculpture in her “Palace of Production” (P.O.P.) studio, built behind the home she shared with her partner in Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island.

The Kangaroo Island “Palace of Production” Artist in Residence program is a partnership between Country Arts SA and owner Catherine Murphy and is managed by Country Arts SA.

Country Arts SA is inviting artists from a visual arts discipline to apply for a four-week residency which must take place sometime between March and April 2019.

One artist will be selected to take part in the residency program.



The vision for the residency is to provide a contemporary visual artist a desirable opportunity to immerse themselves in artistic exploration or consolidation in a well-equipped artist’s studio, within the tranquil, natural surroundings of Kangaroo Island.

Cath Cantlon’s working life was dedicated to extensive collaborations in theatre, film, community and public art, plus interior and exterior designs for new architectural builds, across regional and urban South Australia. In the last three years of life, to 2018, Cath delighted in an exclusive focus on personal artistic expressions, a ‘luxury’ she had longed for throughout her career. Cath always referred to her studio as “the Palace”, because when built in 2012, her partner dubbed it the “Palace of Production”.

A self-contained unit, adjacent to P.O.P. is provided for the four weeks of residency.

Who can apply?


  • All permanent residents of Australia over the age of 18 are eligible to apply.
  • Residents of regional South Australia are encouraged to apply.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to apply

Applications are due by no later than 5pm on Friday, 1 February 2019, including all supporting materials. 

Residency Conditions

Duration of residency

  • Up to 4 weeks


  • Artists from a visual arts discipline are encouraged to apply


  • This residency program is intended for one artist.
  • Members of the artist’s family or friends are encouraged to stay during this period for companionship at own cost for a specific period of time. The maximum of people allowed at any one time is two including the artist. This must be negotiated with Country Arts SA before the residency commences.

Fee & Payment

The resident artist will be paid a total fee of $7,500 (ex GST) which includes:-

  • Artist fee at $1,000 per week totalling  $4,000
  • A travel allowance of $1500
  • Living away from home allowance at $400 per week totalling $1,600
  • Materials allowance of $400 for workshop materials

Payment will be made in three stages.

  • $4,000 at the commencement of the residency
  • $2,500 at the half way mark
  • A final payment of $1000 (including bond) will be paid following an inspection of the studio and unit and the receipt of the artists report

Expenses paid by artist

  • Own materials
  • Public liability insurance
  • Incidentals


  • The artist is responsible for transport to and from Kangaroo Island. A car is required.


  • A refundable bond of $500 is withheld by Country Arts SA for the duration of the residency. The refundable bond covers any costs associated with damage or extraordinary cleaning that is required as a result of residency.
  • General maintenance repairs are the responsibility of the owner.

Expectations of the artist

  • Artwork:

There is no expectation that artists should complete a body of work during the residency. Its value might lie in simply giving an artist the opportunity to reflect on their practice or take time out of their daily routine to experience a new environment and a peaceful, natural landscape.

  • Community engagement:

An opportunity for the artist to meet informally with local artists and wider arts community will be arranged early in the residency to facilitate community engagement/exchanges and outcomes.

  • Evaluation/artistic Report

The artist will be required to complete an artistic report and contribute to a project blog on Country Arts SA website  throughout the residency.


  • Digital application

Selection procedure

  • By assessment panel  

More details


  • Kangaroo  Island

Artists are reminded they are staying on an isolated and remote Island that has a special environment where many of Australia’s pests and diseases are not found. There are some items that you cannot bring to Kangaroos Island.

You cannot bring:

  • Bees, bee handling equipment and honey products (yes that means no jars of honey!). Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary to the only Ligurian bee population in the world. Help keep this species pure and disease free.
  • Potatoes for consumption or planting. Unwashed or dirty potatoes may carry disease, which could devastate the island’s seed potato industry. Please leave them behind. Washed or brushed potatoes in new packaging are permitted for consumption only.
  • Foxes, rabbits and declared weeds.The introduction of these pests would create an environmental disaster.

For further information contact Natural Resources Kangaroo Island on 08 8553 4444 or visit:

Artist’s responsibility

You are obliged to:

  • Leave your pets at home
  • Take your rubbish with you and be proactive in recycling
  • Observe fire restrictions, usually 1 November – 30 April. Check CFS Hotline on 1300 362 361.
  • Respect geological, cultural and heritage sites
  • Be respectful of Aboriginal culture
  • Keep the wildlife wild. Do not feed or disturb animals, or remove native plants.
  • Keep to defined vehicle tracks and walking trails.
  • Be considerate of others
  • Leave behind a ‘low impact, eco‐friendly’ footprint on the surrounding environment
  • Keep the premises and grounds in a safe, clean and tidy condition.
  • P.O.P. and the unit will not be serviced during your stay and will be your responsibility to maintain.

You must be responsible at all times, especially when it comes to your safety.

Rental Fee for Palace of Production and the Unit

Rental fees are waived for the period the artist is in residence, which is supported by the owner.


The artist is responsible for transport to and from Kangaroo Island. A car is required.


The address and access to P.O.P. and the unit will be provided to the successful applicant.


Soon after arrival the artist will be inducted into the workings of the unit, P.O.P. and  navigation of ‘the block’, plus beach environment by the owner.


There is no free WIFI available.  Telstra coverage is available across the island, but can be inconsistent in more remote areas. Limited Optus, Vodaphone and Virgin Mobile is available from Kingscote to Penneshaw and adjacent areas.Visitors are advised to contact their mobile supplier for updated information.

Public phones are located at Penneshaw, American River,Kingscote, Cygnet River, Brownlow, Emu Bay, Parndana, Vivonne Bay, Seal Bay and Flinders Chase.


The Unit consists of:

  • Bedroom sleeps up to two people – one queen bed.
  • The lounge has a sofa plus 2 arm chairs and a side table.
  • The kitchen is equipped with a fridge, electric bench top hotplate and small oven/toaster for cooking.  Crockery, cutlery and cooking pots included
  • There is also a kitchen table with seating for 2 people.
  • The bathroom has a toilet, vanity basin and shower.
  • There are no laundry facilities –there is a laundromat located in Kingscote
  • A gas BBQ and outdoor seating is provided
  • TV
  • Split cycle air conditioner
  • Space for covered car parking and separate entrance to the property
  • Rainwater is the only water source – please consider usage
  • Waste, other than toilet paper, items such as sanitary products and non-biodegradable products are not to be flushed down the toilet or sinks as all kitchen and  bathroom water flows into a septic tank

Palace of Production/Studio Area

P.O.P. has a large working area equipped with 2 long working benches; an easel with 2 back boards, many and varied tools.  (see Appendix 1 for a general list of tools). There is water, a sink and working bench under an exterior covered area.

The studio measures 8.4m x 6.4m x 3.2m height with concrete floor, and lots of natural light. This includes the undercover exterior area of 2.6m x 6.4m x 2.5m

Artists are advised to bring all essential materials and tools required for their medium. There is a limited range of art materials available at the Kingscote Gift Shop, as well as some inside P.O.P.Artists will need to document their use of P.O.P. materials so they can be replenished for following residencies.

Food and supplies

The Artist is responsible for: ‐

  • providing their own food and consumables including toilet paper, toiletries, sunscreen, sun hat, torches, batteries and insect repellent
  • replacing any used items initially provided. A notebook will be provided to list these items
  • providing their own linen, blankets, pillows, towels, tea towels
  • bring comfortable clothing and shoes for safety while bush walking
  • fishing gear if needed

About the location

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island lies 13 km off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. The island is surprisingly large, being 155 kilometres (96 miles) long and 55 kilometres (35 miles) at its widest.

Over a third of the island is protected nature reserves,home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species. In the west, Flinders Chase National Park is known for penguin colonies and striking coastal rock formations, like the sculpted Remarkable Rocks and the stalactite-covered Admirals Arch.

The traditional owners and those that have a contemporary cultural connection to the island are the Ngarrindjeri, Ramindjeri, Narrungaand Kaurna people.


Kangaroo Islandnever really gets too hot or too cold. In fact, the average temperature is between 11° and 19°C. Winters (June to September) are mild and wet, while summers (December to February) are warm and dry. August tends to be the coolest month of the year and February is the hottest, while from May to September is when Kangaroo Island experiences its rainy season.

From Marchto May is autumn, a time of greenery and transition. The rain gradually starts to fall providing the wildlife with fresh water and grass to feed on. It is the perfect time of year to go hiking and bird watching and to see the Little Penguins begin nesting. You can expect the best possible weather averaging between 15 – 22 degrees.

Studio and Residence

P.O.P.  is located in Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, and is nestled in 6 acres of natural bush surroundings, only a 200 metre walk from one of the islands favourite beaches.  The unique Emu Bay shalegeological formation is another signature landmark, while a small fishing jetty dates back to 1918. Visitors who walk along the long beach in the evening may encounter some of the members of Emu Bay’s fairy penguin colony.

How to Get There

Start your travel planning by deciding how to get to Kangaroo Island; ferry or plane.

  • Ferry: SeaLink Kangaroo Island Ferry run four departures to Kangaroo Island from Cape Jervis each day with additional services during peak times. It’s a passenger and vehicle ferry allowing you to bring your own car to drive on the island. The crossing takes 45 minutes across the Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw.  Emu Bay is approx. 40 minutes’drive from the ferry terminal along North Coast Road towards Kingscote. Emu Bay is 18 kms north-west from the main island town of Kingscote

Ferry Terminal: Cape Jervis is located less than two hours’ drive south of Adelaide, on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. If you have your own vehicle, or have rented one from Adelaide Airport on arrival, you can take the lovely scenic drive to Cape Jervis along the Fleurieu coast. Alternatively Sealink have coach connections from Adelaide, Goolwa and Victor Harbor to the ferry terminal at Cape Jervis. 

  • AIR: Regional Express Airlines(REX) and Qantas operate a few flights a day between Adelaide Airport and Kingscote Airport on the island.  Flight time is just over 30 minutes.
  • Hire Car:There are hire care facilities available at both the Penneshaw ferry terminal and Kingscote Airport.
  • PublicTransport: Please note: There is very limited public transport on the island.


The sponsors and stakeholders acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands P. O. P. is located upon.