"An artist has to understand silence. An artist has to create space for silence to enter their work. Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean."
- Marina abramovic
To us, artists are the bridge between ourselves and the world. They help us to experience, to get to know it better. To learn and grow and understand. And to question.
Our family is made up of artists and creatives, and so we understand the importance of spaces that can foster creativity. We also understand the financial limitations of artists, and so we open this space to artists without a fee. This is how the OWWR Artist residency has come into fruition.
Artists at OWWR undertake a residency of 2 weeks to develop ideas, create new work or deepen their practice. They have accommodation at OWWR and access to the 3 acre mountain-ash forest property in Olinda, which allows for all kinds of initiatives. The extraordinary beauty of the surroundings provides a ground for creativity and professional development.We ask that artists create work here with minimal impact, and will need approval for any instillation work throughout their stay.
Criteria Must be over 18 Australian artist/creative Working and responding to the landscape either conceptually, or through materials.
When Where How to Apply Applications are to be completed via the form below. Please prepare content prior to applying as the content cannot be saved. Applications are to include a current CV, with 200 word abscteact about your work and current/recent projects. + 200 words explaining the intended purpose of your stay.
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Costs: Artists are awarded accommodation at OWWR to the value of (2 week rate). This includes private, self-contained accommodation, living facilities, bathroom, spa-room, kitchenette, internet, electricity, and water. All other costs such as meals, activities and travel, insurance and artist materials are not included. There is no living allowance attached to the stay at OWWR at this stage. Please note that credit card details will be required incase of damage.
Proposals are welcome throughout the year – each season has its own creative possibilities. It is recommended that applications are submitted well in advance.
OWWR is located in Olinda, atop the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria. 1hr from Melbourne, a car is strongly recommended for ease of access. We are not able to provide transport and artists are responsible for making travel arrangements. In cases when the artist is unable to have a car, we will provide a pickup/drop off from Belgrave train station on arrival/departure and once a week transport for food shopping.
During your stay There is a possibility of an exhibition, performance, workshop or other special event during or at the end of the residency, as well as a representation on the BigCi website and social media. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.
For further information, please download the Information Package outlining eligibility, inclusions and deadlines.