Glass and Science Residency


Supported by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority


The Glass and Science Residency has been developed as a new opportunity for an Australian artist working primarily in glass, to work as artist in residence in the state-of-the-art Canberra Glassworks facility for four weeks across National Science Week in August 2016. The Glass and Science Residency will allow them to explore connections between the science of glass and the science of the Murray-Darling Basin through research, field trips and experimentation in glass from their studio space at Canberra Glassworks.

The residency includes:

  • Travel allowance to a maximum of $4000 for the pre-residency field trip to two Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) communities across a one week period and the residency field trip to one MDBA community for three days. Travel should be proposed to Canberra Glassworks on application. Travel will be coordinated and paid for by Canberra Glassworks. (Note: the travel allocation is from the artist’s home address to MDBA communities and it may include economy flights, hire car, bus, fuel reimbursement for use of own car at 64c per km and taxi costs)
  • Accommodation allowance of up to $120 per night for a total of six nights for the pre-residency field trips to two MDBA communities over a one week period and one nights for the residency field trip during the residency period;
  • $1000 honorarium/artist fee;
  • Per diems to the amount of $60 per day to a maximum of $300 per week. Per diems will only be paid to the artist when they are traveling interstate from their home address to MDBA communities or interstate to Canberra Glassworks for the four week Glass and Science Residency period.
  • Free Canberra Glassworks equipment/space for the four week residency period;
  • A materials allowance of $2000;
  • Access to a technical assistant if required for up to 4 hours per day x 5 days per week at $25 per hour or a maximum of $2000, with this technical assistant to be approved and paid for by Canberra Glassworks.
  • A designated work space;
  • Free access to shared accommodation in The Chapel at Canberra Glassworks for the four week Residency period if traveling to Canberra Glassworks from interstate.

Access includes:

  • kilns
  • flameworking area
  • cold shop
  • hotshop
  • mould room

It is important to note that equipment and facilities are shared with a range of artists through a bookings system. Artists must be familiar and highly skilled with the equipment that they are proposing to use.

The artist in residence will be expected to:

  • participate in the residency on a full-time basis
  • make a significant contribution to the cultural life of the centre
  • engage with other artist in the centre and the public.
  • give a public talk/demonstration.

Photos from the Murray-Darling Basin

Renmark from the air during 2004. Photo: Michael BellCopyright: Murray-Darling Basin Authority
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