The Ignite Studios @ NRCG AiR program provides a single artist time and space to expand on their artistic practice, researching and experimenting with ideas for new work or new ways of working. The AiR program provides a residential and separate studio space, professional development opportunities and facilitates access to local community, cultural and industry networks and feeds directly into the NRCG annual public and artistic programs. As a key requirement, AiR participants are required to engage with the wider community through the NRCG public or artistic program that can include lectures, artist talks, workshops, open studios, exhibition, performance or site-specific activations.

The Ignite Studios @ NRCG AiR program is open to Australian and International arts professionals from a diverse spectrum of creative disciplines, both emerging and established, from the quirky to obscure celebrating the importance of contemporary art voices with people and place. Creative disciplines could include, but are not limited to artists, designers, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators.


The NRCG offers both ‘Funded’ and ‘Open – Non-funded’ AiR opportunities through the Ignite Studios @ NRCG AiR program. Residencies are between 2 – 12 weeks depending on the needs and practice of the resident and the particular nature of their proposed residency.


The funded AiR program calls for proposals from creative practices that engage with the unique identity, history and current social, environment and economic context of the Ballina Coast and Hinterland. The funded AiR program time period can be between 4 - 12 weeks and includes accommodation and a studio space and provides between $1,000 - $2,000 stipend per resident towards materials and living expenses, dependant on length of time and nature of the proposed residency. Travel expenses and all associated costs must be covered by the artist.

The Funded AiR program seeks proposals with a focus on one of the following areas:

Environment Futures (Funded)

These residencies are designed to encourage exploration, research, collaboration, development and experimentation that engage with current environmental topics within a local and/or broader global context. This residency encourages collaboration, particularly with local non-arts industry that actively fosters dialogue on complex environmental topics.

Space and Place (Funded)

These residencies are aimed at artists where relevance of the place, space or community drive the work, and the local place and/or community should be involved in shaping the project. The residencies encourage works of spatial, site-specific explorations and/or active engagement and collaboration with the local community and public spaces of the Ballina Shire township.

*** Applications for the 2018 Funded AiR program are now closed. ***


The Open AiR program provides artists with time and space to expand on their artistic practice, researching and experimenting with ideas for new work or new ways of working. The Open AiR program time period can be between 2 - 12 weeks. Engagement with local place and/or community is encouraged but not essential for the Open AiR program. There is no stipend or living allowance attached to these residencies. Successful artists will be charged a subsidised studio rental fee of $50 per week (including GST). Successful applicants will be responsible for all costs associated with the residency including travel costs, insurance, materials, and equipment and will be required to pay a refundable bond of $250 prior to occupancy to cover any costs associated with damage or extraordinary cleaning. Applicants should address their capacity to meet the financial requirements of the residency within their application.

*** Applications for the Open AiR program are accepted all year round and assessed on a case by case basis ***


Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Artistic standing of applicant and artistic merit of the proposal (40%)
  • Benefit of the residency to the applicant's professional development or the successful realisation of the proposed project (30%)
  • Relevance and response to the NRCG priorities to connect with people and/or place of Ballina Shire detailed within the respective AiR Categories (30%)

The panel will also consider:

  • Suitability of the artform to the studio/facility
  • Balance of emerging and established practitioners
  • Relationship to the NRCG wider public and artistic programs
  • Availability of dates and length of residency required
  • Artform and cultural diversity


For futher information and to apply please download the AiR Information booklet and Application form from the links at the bottom of this page.

Completed applications and support material should be mailed to:

Ignite AiR Program
Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG)
PO Box 450 Ballina NSW 2478


by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
NOTE: Emailed applications must strictly adhere to the file size limits outlined in the AiR Application form.

Download Links:

INFORMATION: AiR Information Booklet

APPLY NOW: AiR Application form

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