Museum of Brisbane


About the program

Museum of Brisbane’s Artist-in-Residence Program invites artists, including visual artists, designers, poets, musicians and performers to create a site-specific installation that is developed and displayed as part of a residency.

The Artist-in-Residence works in the Museum for one month to create a new, responsive artwork that explores the Museum environment, the city of Brisbane and its community, and/or the Museum of Brisbane Collection. Artists receive studio space within the Museum, access to museum resources and facilities, and intellectual and creative support and feedback through engagement with museum staff and audiences.

The residency culminates in a new site-specific installation that will be showcased in the Museum for a period of up to eight weeks. During this time, the artist will also deliver one engagement and/or learning activity for audiences.

The Artist-in-Residence program is open to Brisbane-based artists, as well as artists who have a connection or interest in the city or the Museum. The work can be interdisciplinary, encompassing disciplines including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, musical composition, performance, and the work may also be socially-engaged or participatory, engaging members of the local community.

The residency takes place in The Studio, located at Museum of Brisbane. Artists will work in a way that engages the Museum’s visitors, as each installation is conceived for and executed in the space in which the public sees it. The Museum’s goal is to support artists and to allow visitors to see them at work first-hand. The opportunity will suit artists seeking to test new ideas in public and who are interested in connecting with others through their work.

The objectives of the Artist-in-Residence Program are:

  • To support the development of art and creative practice in Brisbane
  • Recognise the value artists and creative practitioners bring to our community
  • Inspire dialogue between artists and members of the community, provoking different viewpoints or perspectives about the city, its history, community and environment
  • Re-interpret the collection and re-imagine the museum environment, providing new opportunities for artistic research and audience engagement
  • Members of the public will have the opportunity to see the work unfold first-hand, giving them a unique insight into the creative process

The residency provides artists with the opportunity to:

  • Display their work in a professional museum context and to a large and culturally diverse audience
  • Research, interpret and engage with the Museum of Brisbane Collection and/or the local community
  • Collaborate with our Engagement and Learning Team to design and deliver one public program


The Artist-in-Residence Program is supported by Mr Tim Fairfax AC and Museum of Brisbane donors.

Application process

Applications for 2018 have now closed.

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