Limestone Coast Video Art Residency now taking Expressions of Interest

Country Arts SA is calling for expressions of interest from Limestone Coast artists who would like to develop their moving image practice. Sydney-based artist Heath Franco will travel to Mount Gambier to undertake two residencies in April and October 2017 during which he will work with two Limestone Coast artists to develop new skills and explore digital moving image works.

No prior experience working with moving image work is required. Artists with an interest in this medium are encouraged to apply.

Each of the three artists will create a new moving image work in response to their experiences, to be premiered on the public screens on the Main Corner Complex on the night of Friday 20 October, 2017.


Residency and mentorship

There will be two periods during which Franco will be in residence and working with local artists:

Residency one: April 20 – May 6, 2017
Residency two: October 7 – 21, 2017

Limestone Coast artists are required to meet with Franco for a minimum of three (3) days during each residency period (total 6 days). Following the first residency, artists will develop a proposal for an artwork responding to their experiences.



Participating artists, including Franco and each Limestone Coast artist, will produce one new video/moving image artwork each as part of the project. These artworks will launch on the night of Friday 20 October 2017, at a public launch.

Artworks will be screened on the public screens, Main Corner Complex, 1 Bay Road, Mount Gambier. This iconic building has two screens that will play the three artworks on a loop, each night from 7:30 pm – 1:00 am for one month following the launch.


Equipment and materials

Country Arts SA has access to a limited selection of camera and video equipment which can be accessed by the artists as part of the project. Each Limestone Coast artist will have a further equipment and materials budget of $500 each for the duration of the project.


Artist fee

Each Limestone Coast artist will be paid a total artist fee of $4,000 (ex GST). This will cover all time spent with Franco, and time spent developing, creating and installing the artwork. Travel assistance is available for artists residing outside the City of Mount Gambier council and the District Council of Grant.


Before applying applicants should read the ARTIST BRIEF available here or by contacting the Visual Arts Officer, [email protected]. This document contains more information regarding the context and aims of the project, mentorship, artwork and final requirements.


  • Title page: Artist details including name, address, phone number, email.
  • Written response to the brief: (maximum 2 pages) including: a brief description of your practice, your area of focus and your interest in applying for this residency and commission. Please note that the project is intended to inspire the creation of new work in response to the opportunity and the Mount Gambier community. It is not expected that applications will have final details of the artwork to be produced.
  • Mentorship timeline: (500 words max), outline the way in which you see yourself working with Fran-co, time you will spend in the Mount Gambier community, any travel you would wish to undertake as part of the mentorship.
  • A current CV: (maximum 2 pages)
  • Six (6) high quality images of current work: (300 dpi, jpeg format) with artwork details, including title, date, medium and dimensions. Artworks must have been created in the past three (3) years. Links to video work may be supplied, maximum of two (2).
  • Names and contact details for two referees.
  • Proof of residence


  • artistic merit as evidenced by the visual material provided
  • response to the opportunity: strength of project response, including your interest in undertaking this residency and commission
  • demonstrated ability to create work that engages with a broad public
  • demonstrated ability to work on significant projects within timelines and budget
  • ability to work effectively with video as a medium, or demonstration of an intent to develop skills in this field


  • All permanent residents of the Limestone Coast over the age of 18
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are strongly encouraged to apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: 10am Wednesday 22 February, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: Late applications or supplementary material will not be accepted. Submitting an application does not guarantee participation in the project.


Heath Franco is represented by Galerie pompom, Sydney.

Supported by:



Cover image: Heath Franco, THE RAINBOW LANDS, 2015, Multi-channel video installation, Exhibition documentation, Artspace, Sydney. Image courtesy the artist and Galerie Pompom, Sydney. Photo: Zan Wimberley