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Tuesday – Friday
11.00 – 5.30pm
11.00 – 4.30pm

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Gertrude Contemporary offers a range of residency programs for visiting interstate and international artists, curators and writers for periods of between six weeks and three months. Participants in the residency program stay in Gertrude Contemporary’s residential studio, Studio 18 that is located on the top floor of Gertrude Contemporary’s gallery complex. During their residency the participants will gain opportunities to become involved in Gertrude Contemporary’s cultural community, pursue independent studio practice, and engage with cultural exchange projects. 

To apply for a residency at Gertrude Contemporary please click here for an application form

Studio 18 Application Guidelines

Located on the second floor of the Gertrude complex, Studio 18 is a residential studio space available to international and interstate artists and curators. The Studio 18 program allows visitors to participate in and contribute to Melbourne's art community, and also facilitates the exchange of information between Australian and international artists. Visiting artists to Studio 18 benefit from working within a professionally supported environment of artists and colleagues.

Studio 18 is a self contained open plan studio and living space, approximately 96m2, with good natural and artificial light.
It encompasses a small kitchen equipped with cooking facilities,
a private bathroom, mezzanine bed space, telephone, internet connection, a TV and furniture.
A washing machine is not provided. Access to the gallery's fax, photocopier, computers and email are also available. Some basic tools can be borrowed from the gallery office, however visiting artists are responsible for providing their own tools and materials.

The studio is centrally located in an area in which artists, arts professionals, academics and students reside, and the locale of many galleries, affordable cafes and restaurants, and is about a kilometre from the central business district of Melbourne. Access to public transport means that most areas of the city and surrounding suburbs can be reached easily.

Contemporary visual artists pursuing an innovative practice in a professional capacity are eligible to apply. The ability to accommodate artists using very heavy or unusually large materials may be limited due to restricted access. Artists wishing to use power tools or toxic materials (such as resin) should indicate their intentions.

Visiting artists to Studio 18 are able to take up residency for 6-week to 3-month periods. A nominal rent is charged as outlined below, which includes all outgoing costs, except telephone which is charged separately according to use.

Rental Charges
Rental charges are currently set at $165 per week (including GST), which includes all outgoing costs, except telephone which is charged separately according to use. 

Successful artists are chosen on the basis of quality and innovation of work, potential benefits to the applicant, the organisation and to the broader art community. Decisions are ultimately subject to the availability of the studio.

Required Information

All submissions and required proposal material should be directed to [email protected] as either a direct email attachment, or shared to [email protected] via Dropbox or Google Drive.

Proposals should address the applicant’s reasons for wanting to undertake the studio residency and an outline of their project (which may be simply to pursue independent studio practice, or cultural exchange opportunities, etc.). Applicants should use the PDF application form and submit the following information :

1. Proposal/outline of project
2. Preferred starting date and duration of visit
3. Source of financial support during intended stay
4. 1 page CV
5. Visual material (see below) and image list

Visual Material
Please submit work that has been completed in the past 2 years. Material in excess of the limits below will not be viewed by the committee.

Preferred visual materials

1. 12 images in jpeg format, maximum size 1mb per image

2. 10 minutes (maximum length) digital video, hosted via Youtube or Vimeo, otherwise shared via Dropbox or Google Drive (100mb maximum file size)

Decisions are made by the Director in consultation with Gertrude’s International Studio Selection Committee which is made up of gallery staff, practising artists and other arts professionals. Applications will be assessed approximately five weeks following the deadline.

Applicants will be advised of results in writing. Decisions are final and cannot be negotiated. 

Enquiries should be addressed to the Director. T +61 3 9419 3406 F +61 3 9419 2519 E [email protected]

Submissions should be addressed to: 
Gertrude Contemporary
200 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065 Australia