Australia Council International Residencies Program: Expressions of Interest

Australia Council International Residencies Program

Expressions of Interest are now open for the Australia Council International Residencies Program.

If you have dreamed of an international residency, we invite you to immerse yourself in a new arts context, market, community and culture, and experience your art across borders through our international residencies program. Through our international partnerships, we have developed a suite of residencies that enable the growth of individual artists, arts mediators, groups and organisations.

The suite of International Residencies on offer in 2019-2020 are:
•    Acme, London
•    BR Whiting Studio, Rome
•    Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
•    EMPAC, New York
•    HIAP, Helsinki
•    ISCP, New York
•    Keesing Studio, Paris
•    Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
•    Nashville Songwriters Residency, USA

*Expressions of interest will close on Tuesday 15 January 2019 at 11:59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

Visit the Australia Council website to read about more international opportunities and to submit your expression of interest.

For any queries, please contact
Owen Leong by phone: (02) 9215 9077 or email:

Matthew Shilcock  received an International Residency in Finland through this program earlier this year. He has shared his experiences about his residency below.

“The International residencies program was both a catalyst and a distillery for me!

Having time to dedicate end Focus solely on my practice I was able to produce and Direct a full-length theatre piece (titled Alkemik Konnections) in and the first development of a second (titled Invalid:Dated). I felt like I was able to achieve more in my first six weeks of the residency than in my entire 8 year career!

Is is perhaps not completely accurate, as I suppose that’s what I ended up working on the concentrated distillation material and information I developed over my career.

Returning from the residency I now have a strong and clear vision for the future of my career, something that I don’t believe I would have achieved without having had this experience.

I believe that my residency at HIAP has had a crucial impact on my career and I’m very excited to see the outcomes in the next few years.

During my time in Helsinki I made some very strong connections with artists and organisations, that I know are going to bring me back to Finland.

In short, I am sure that the international residency I was on will impact the rest of my career in a strong and positive way”.

Find out more about Matthew at his website,