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UTS Library - Call out for 2021 Creative in Residence applications

Photo by Andy Roberts 2019

Are you a creative professional who enjoys new opportunities? 

UTS Library is currently seeking applications for the 2021 Creative in Residence.  The residency awards a successful applicant a $10,000 stipend (plus materials budget) and the opportunity to develop and produce a project that uses UTS Library as a starting point for the research and realisation of a new creative work. 

Since 2012, the Library has run the Creative in Residence program, an initiative that inspires playfulness, provokes curiosity, and encourages engagement with the Library and its community.  

This is a wonderful opportunity for any designers, artisans, visual artists, entrepreneurs, creative industry practitioners, industry leaders, musicians, performers, writers, makers, persons studying or practicing law and/or social policy, thinkers/researchers, digital producers and any other creative people who wish to be involved. Explore our past Creative in Residencies 

Residency timeline 

  • Applications open: 1st June – 28th August 2020.

  • Applications close: Friday 28 August 2020.
  • Successful applicant notified: October 2020 (3 months before residency starts).

  • Program for 2021 runs: January – June 2021.
  • The contract end date: approximately 31 June 2021. 

 How does the residency work?

  • The residency will run over a period of 6 months, from January 2021 – June 2021, in which the selected applicant will undertake a period of research and realisation of a new creative work or series of works. 
  • All outputs from the program will be acquired into the UTS Library’s collection at the end of the residency. 
  • A resident stipend of $10,000 will be paid to the successful applicant to assist with travel, accommodations, as well as remuneration for time, intellect and labour. materials budget up to the value of $5,000 is available to the successful applicant to assist in realising the project. 
  • The library will manage the materials budget. UTS Library will provide in kind support including: access to the library, its collections and staff; workspace in the Library, a computer and web access (as required); IT support (within reason and subject to operational priorities) for web-based output and production; exhibition and display space (within the library facilities). 
  • The resident is encouraged to use the library as a workspace at least once per week during the residency to engage with the collection, community, services and spaces. 
  • The resident is expected to have a visible presence or engagement with library users and staff to demonstrate their process and progress. 
  • The resident is expected to participate in events and activities to promote the program and their work. 
  • The resident is expected to present the project at the end of the residency to students, staff and the public in an appropriate format (e.g. exhibition, public talk, or screening). 

How to apply:

In ONE PDF document with maximum size 10MB, your application will include: 

  • Project description (1 x A4 page). Address the proposed outcome of the residency and how you will achieve it. Address the proposed project’s connection to the library and its proposed outcomes. Include supporting documents if necessary. 

  • CV (2 page max). 

  • Short Biography (500 words). Tell us about you and your recent key achievements (e.g. awards, grants, residencies, published papers). 

  • Examples of recent work with captioned images. Please choose between 3-5 recent works and include a maximum of 10 images. 

Note: Residency applications are open to all. Applicants do not need to be affiliated with UTS to apply for this residency. The library reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment. 

 The Planty Atlas of UTS 2019 Natalya Hughes 2018 Adam Goodrum
Pictured above (from left), past residents Alexandra Crosby & Ilaria Vanni (2019), from the research studio Mapping Edges, Natalya Hughes (2018) & Adam Goodrum (2017).