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Applications now open!

Aboriginal Art Co presents Safe Space Residency Program; an opportunity for early career visual artists to develop their studio practice, build networks with peers and industry mentors, exhibit and present a new body of work. Successful candidates will engage in an eight (8) week residency in the studio space at Aboriginal Art Co Brisbane, free of charge. The Artist in Residence program has been developed to provide artists with a paid opportunity to create and present a new body of work in a nurturing environment. The residency will culminate in a solo exhibition in Aboriginal Art Co’s Vault Gallery. Aboriginal Art Co is situated within Brisbane’s Cultural Centre Precinct and we can broker relationships between various institutions (QAGOMA, State Library, Qld Museum) providing support for artistic research. This opportunity is funded by Brisbane City Council through the Lord Mayor’s Creative Fellowships. Aboriginal Art Co is also supported by Arts Queensland.


We are seeking applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander visual artists, over the age of 18 years and live in Brisbane.


Applications should be submitted online via Google Forms.

Applicants will be asked to complete:
Applicant’s details
Exhibition proposal (150 words maximum)
Short biography (150 words maximum)
Detailed curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
Two reference contacts (email and phone number of two people who are willing to support your application)
A visual art portfolio with at least 5 images of recent works and their descriptions.


Each Artist-in-residence will get financial and in-kind support, including:

Artist Fees (New work/non-acquisition) of $2,018
Artist Stipend of $2,560
Materials budget of $500
(*Total financial support of $5,078)
24 hr access to Safe Space Studio
2x Mentoring sessions with accomplished artists
Documentation of works
Gallery hire
Exhibition in the Vault Gallery
Networking event
Artist website
Photography and videography for the artist
Advertising and promotion
Facilitation of art sales via gallery and online


There are three (3) Artist-in-residency placements available through this application round:

August – September 2022
October – November 2022
February – March 2023

Applicants can nominate their preferred dates.


The Artist-in-residence will be required to undertake engagement activities as well as produce work during the program.

Develop a new body of work
Be in the studio creating art for a minimum 2 days per week (days are flexible)
Participate in two (2) mentoring sessions
Present one (1) WIP (Work in progress) artist talk
Exhibit artworks
Present one (1) artist talk about the exhibition
Attend the networking event
Participate in photography sessions and video interviews and associated promotional activities
Sell your artwork via Aboriginal Art Co (gallery and online) at a 30% commission rate


Please submit your application via Google forms :

If you have trouble completing the submission form, get in touch for a word version.


To see the space, please visit Aboriginal Art Co during business hours. For further information, please contact Aboriginal Art Co via

Closing date for applications: Friday 29 July 2022, 11.59pm


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