The Ignite Studios 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. Residencies can be between 2 – 12 weeks depending on the needs and practice of the resident and the particular nature of their proposed residency. The Ignite Studios 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.

There is no stipend or living allowance attached to these residencies. Facilities available for use include a working studio and small bedsit residentail space if required. 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
  • Benefit of the residency to the applicant's professional development or the successful realisation of the proposed project

The panel will also consider:

  • Suitability of the artform to the studio/facility
  • Balance of emerging and established practitioners
  • 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


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NOTE: Emailed applications must strictly adhere to the file size limits outlined in the AiR Application form.

Download Links:

APPLY NOW: AiR Application form


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