Due to current government travel restrictions, the following international investment opportunities will not be available in 2021:

  • International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund 
  • International Residencies Program 
  • support to attend international markets and platforms.

Artists and organisations seeking funding for viable international engagement can apply to the Arts Projects grant categories.

Please note that applications for international engagement that include physical mobility are unlikely to be considered as competitive until the Australian Government’s travel ban is lifted. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to adapt your international engagement to the digital space for the foreseeable future.

Applicants should ensure duty of care, health and wellbeing, risk mitigation, and adapting to ongoing travel restrictions and physical distancing measures are all considered. 

The Australia Council’s strategic International Development Opportunities in 2021 will focus on online engagement.

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About the residencies 

International residencies provide a unique opportunity for artists to immerse themselves in a new arts context, market, community and culture. The experience enables artists to articulate their practice within a global context and build knowledge, networks and partnerships that support future international arts activity.

Outcomes for an artist on residency can include:

  • relationships and collaborations that are vital to the development of artistic practice and market opportunities
  • research and development of new work
  • acceleration of artistic practice
  • cultural exchange.

Our International residencies program has been developed through sector consultation and research. Council has forged partnerships with some of the best residency providers in the world to deliver a suite of residencies that enable the development of individual artists, arts mediators, groups and organisations.

Past Residencies

Debra Porch Award 

Art form: Visual arts

Kyoto Art Center Residency Exchange 

Art form: Visual arts

Acme, London  

Art form: Visual arts

BR Whiting Studio, Rome  

Art form: Literature

Cite Intenationale des Arts

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris  

Art form: Multi-art form

EMPAC, New York

EMPAC, New York   

Art form: Emerging and experimental arts

HIAP, Helsinki

HIAP, Helsinki   

Art form: Multi-art form

ISCP, New York

ISCP, New York  

Art form: Visual arts 

Keesing, Paris

Keesing Studio, Paris  

Art form: Literature

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin  

Art form: Visual arts

Nashville Songwriters' Residency, USA 

Art form: Music

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship. 

Art form: Visual arts

Self-organised residencies

You can apply for a self-organised residency through the Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups category.

First Peoples residencies

Useful Links

  • Guidelines: advice to help with your application for a residency. 
  • Frequently asked questions: answers to common questions about residencies and grants. 
  • Tips and Links: resources to help strengthen your application and maximise your residency experience.

Past Residencies

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