Image Credit: 2017 ACE Open Studio Resident Julia McInerney. Image: Jessica Clark

A new initiative from ACE Open & Country Arts SA

Applications are now open for the Open House Residency Program! 

One regional South Australian artist will be awarded a month long metropolitan based residency at ACE Open to develop new work and forge connections with Adelaide artists, galleries and professional networks. The residency will take place from Monday 8 October – Tuesday 6 November, 2018 at ACE Open. The successful applicant will be paid a total artist fee of $6000 as part of the project and a materials allowance of $500. To support the residency the successful applicant will receive a per diem of $1600 and $500 travel assistance for one round trip.

When: October 8 – November 6, 2018

Where: ACE Open, Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace (West End) Kaurna Yarta, Adelaide SA 5000

How to Apply: Application is via online submission to  [email protected], download the application form HERE.

Applications Close: Wednesday July 18 at Midnight

Accommodation, artist studio and wi-fi access will be provided by ACE Open. All additional travel and living expenses including parking, additional travel and other incidentals will be covered by the applicant.

The successful applicant will select a mentor or professional collaborator to work with throughout the residency. A fee of $2000 will be paid to the mentor, with the expectation of approximately four hours per week spent with the successful resident artist.

The artist is expected to remain in residence for a minimum of 5 days per week throughout the residency.

Artists are invited to submit proposals that focus on the creative development of new works, and how the opportunity may assist in their professional development. At the conclusion of the residency there will be the opportunity for the successful applicant to present their progress to a number of key industry professionals.

Applications should:

  • Clearly demonstrate how the artist will use the opportunity to develop their practice, and explore new ideas.
  • Be conceptual, contextual and relative.
  • Play with or invent new forms, methodologies, technologies or non-material ideas.
  • Explore how process may be central in addressing questions within your practice.
  • Engage in broader critical conversations regarding contemporary visual culture.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate what is experimental about their practice and project, and explain why this is experimental in their own context as well as the broader arts ecology of South Australia.

Selection Criteria

  1. Artistic merit as evidenced by the visual material provided
  2. Response to the opportunity: the applicant can clearly identify and articulate the professional development potential of their residency.
  3. Demonstrated capacity for the selected mentor to provide meaningful professional development for the artist.


  • The applicant must be a permanent resident of regional South Australia as currently defined under the South Australian Country Arts Trust Act (1992).
  • For more information visit the Accessibility/Remoteness Indexof Australia (ARIA)
  • Country Arts SA reserves the right to request proof of residency. Applicants must be over the age of 18. Country Arts SA reserves the right request proof of age.
  • Artists at all stages of their career are encouraged to apply. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Staff and employees of project partners are ineligible to apply.

For More Information:

To discuss your application and for advice on selecting and approaching a mentor, please contact: Toby Chapman: [email protected] or Eleanor Scicchitano: [email protected]  

Download Application Form