Southern Tablelands Arts Artist-in-Residence (STA AiR) 

The STA AiR is an ongoing commitment to offer residences for Artists to be inspired by the Southern Highlands and Tablelands of regional NSW. Our home is full of extraordinary place, people and opportunities with unlimited potential for rich Arts residency experiences.

The STA AiR program is open to all professional artists from all disciplines, individually or in groups.

The program embraces Visual Artists, Performers, Writers, Musicians and multi-disciplinary practises and supports new work, research and collaborations inspired by the host venue and location.

The STA AiR program is open to all Artists living within Australia. Those living within the STA region* are particularly encouraged to apply.

Each successful applicant will receive a two week residency which includes,

  • Artist fee 
  • Travel support 
  • Accommodation support or provided accommodation

STA AiR applications are currently closed. View the STA AiR Projects coming up and already completed.

Find an AiR STA have compiled a comprehensive list creative residency programs and opportunities from across the state, nation and globe. 

The STA AiR Partner Venues

NSW Rail Museum

Thirlmere, Wollondilly

Retford Park

Bowral, Wingecarribee

Shaw Wines

Murrumbateman, Yass Valley

Southern Cross Cinema

Young, Hilltops



This webpage (and those linked therein) are the full guidelines for the STA Artist in Residence program. Further information can be gained by contacting STA.  

  • Each AiR is self directed and may include optional public programs as proposed by the Artist.
  • Artists are asked to consider the unique qualities of each of the STA AiR partner venues venues and nominate the location that best supports their practice and/or protect
  • Artists are responsible for securing their own local accommodation to conduct their residency at three of the five venues. Please read further details about accommodation in each of the venue pages. In this case accommodation costs are reimbursed up to an agreed value.
  • Artists will be responsible for their own travel to, during and from the residency, travel costs are reimbursed up to an agreed amount. 
  • Each residency location is in regional NSW and public transport options are limited. Transport and transfers are the responsibility of artists and as such STA recommend a private or hire vehicle is an important consideration.
  • All venues will provide a studio/workspace and access to a kitchen and amenities while on site.
  • Each venue will vary in terms of facilities and access to staff.
  • The Southern Highlands and Tableland regions of regional NSW experience low temperatures in winter. AiR studio spaces vary and Artists are asked to be prepared for cold weather.

Key Dates

  • STA AiR program for 2022 is closed. 2023 Program dates TBC

Who can Apply

The STA AiR program is open to professional artists from all disciplines, individually or in groups. The program supports new work, research and collaborations inspired by the host venue and location. The program is open to artists living within Australia, those living within the STA regional area are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Applications are currently closed

How to Apply

An online application form will ask the following:

Personal Information

Name, contact details, Identity information. 


Residency must be taken between the 12 -25 of July. Or at another time as agreed. Flexible dates may be available for certain venues. Please indicate on the form which dates you would like (must begin before the end of July). These dates will be considered as part of your application, taking into account venue and accommodation availability. 

Preferred residency location

You will choose three preferred locations and give reasons for the location choice. Choice of Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW Rail Museum, Retford Park, Shaw Wines, Southern Cross Cinema.

Your art form

The primary artform you will use the residency to work on. 

Your current work

Include links to current projects and bodies of work. 

Professional development

How do you feel this residency will improve your practice. 


Outline what you hope to achieve during your residency.

Public Liability Insurance

Artists will be required to have current public liability insurance. If you need advice on obtaining this you can contact us

ArtsLaw has a  comprehensive Insurance information page for the Creative Sector, including a of Insurance providers.


upload or link to current cv and bodies of work. 

Optional: workshop, public event or performance 

Will attract an additional fee and materials budget as negotiated

The 2020-22 STA AiR Program was proudly funded by the NSW Government through Arts Restart.

*Southern Tablelands Arts works with six contributing local government areas of; Goulburn Mulwaree, Hilltops, Upper Lachlan Shire, Wingecarribee Shire, Wollondilly Shire and Yass Valley.

[email protected]
0427 938 110 
Or by appointment at one of our
Mobile Office locations

PO Box 1323 Goulburn 2580
ABN 67 208 214 681

STA is a registered COVID safe business in NSW. We follow Covid safe guidelines.

We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the lands where we create, live & work. 

© Southern Tablelands Arts. All Rights Reserved

error: Content is protected !!