2018 APW Artist-in-Residence Program

APW seeks proposals from Artists/Printmakers resident outside Melbourne who would like to undertake a 3-week APW Artist Residency in September or October 2018.

Artist apartment living room
Artist apartment bedroom
Artist apartment living and dining area
Artist apartment dining area
Artist apartment bathroom and kitchen

Situated in the cultural heart of Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australian Print Workshop’s architect-designed visiting artist’s studio and apartment provides an ideal base for artists, with an array of galleries, cafes and shops at APW’s doorstep.

APW Artists-in-Residence are provided with three weeks ‘rent-free’ use of the APW visiting artist’s studio and residential apartment and non-exclusive use of the professional printmaking equipment and facilities of the APW Open Access Studio, to print their own work.

APW Artists-in-Residence are also offered the opportunity to produce one limited edition print in collaboration with APW’s highly skilled printers, published by APW.

Artists receive a stipend of $3,500 towards the cost of their travel to Melbourne, living expenses and the purchase of printmaking materials.

2018 Residency dates are:

  • Monday 3 September - Saturday 22 September
  • Monday 1 October - Saturday 20 October


The APW Artist-in-Residence Program includes:


APW Artists-in-Residence are provided with ‘rent free’ accommodation in the APW Self-Contained Artists Apartment for the duration of their residency and non-exclusive use of the professional printmaking equipment and facilities of the APW Open Access Studio, to print their own work.

Studio Access

APW Artists-in-Residence are provided with ‘rent free’ use of the Open Access Studio for the duration of their residency.

Australian Print Workshop Open Access Studio provides artists with access to a wide range of professional printmaking equipment and facilitiess for etching, lithography, relief printing and monoprinting. The Studio is well-ventilated and air-conditioned, and provides a friendly and relaxed environment in which to work and to meet other artists.

Studio access during the residency is non-exclusive, with access to the studio being shared with other artists. The Open Access Studio is open for community use from Wednesday to Saturday (9am -5pm). The APW Workshop Assistant (Technician) is available to assist with technical queries during these times. The APW Artist-in-Residence may also use the Open Access Studio on Mondays & Tuesdays (9am-5pm) provided that the Studio is not required for APW Special Projects or APW Education Programs. Please note that due to OH&S, access to the Open Access Studio facilities is limited to usual business hours.

Processing materials provided by APW include: Acid (Ferric Chloride), Turpentine, Methylated Spirits, Shellac, Grounds: soft & hard, Grit for Litho Stone Graining, Aquatint Rosin, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Whiting, Salt etc.

Other printmaking supplies including paper, inks, newsprint, tarlatan, rags, plates etc. are readily available at art stores within walking distance of APW. The APW convenience store stocks a small number of items available for purchase including newsprint, tarlatan, copper, gum arabic and rags.

APW Open Access Studio facilities include

  • Hilton manual etching press (bed size 165cm x 100cm)
  • Hilton manual etching press (bed size 168cm x 100cm)
  • Antique etching press (bed size 88cm x 38cm)
  • Albion press for relief printing (platen size 60cm x 45cm)
  • Albion press for relief printing (platen size 48.5cm x 37cm)
  • Columbian press for relief printing (platen size 50cm x 40cm)
  • Takach-Garfield motorized lithography press (bed size 176cm x 100cm)
  • Takach-Garfield manual lithography press (bed size 142cm x 85cm)
  • Over 100 lithography stones (sizes from 18x30cm to 73x102cm)
  • Graining sink and 2 levigators (for graining lithography stones)
  • Guillotine for cutting metal plates
  • Quality rollers, brayers and leather nap rollers (from 9cm to 90cm wide)
  • Ventilated process room with fume extraction
  • Ferric chloride baths (maximum size 125cm x 98cm) for etching copper
  • Aquatint box
  • Large stainless steel sink for soaking paper
  • 2 Hotplates
  • Light box
  • Large drying rack and drying boards
  • Expansive bench space
  • Fume extraction system and Nederman for localized fume extraction


Travel allowance

APW 2018 Artists-in-Residence will be provided with a financial contribution towards their travel and living-away-from-home costs of $3,500.

APW Artists-in-Residence may choose to use this contribution to pay for return airfares to Melbourne. The remainder may be used as a contribution towards printing material costs or other living-away-from-home costs such as meals and/or local transport.

Please note that there is no car parking available at APW and parking options in the area are expensive and/or inconvenient. Public transport is easy to access. The #86 tram travels along Gertrude Street and stops 50 metres from APW. The train is also a short walk from APW.


Print collaboration

APW Artists-In-Residence are also offered the opportunity to produce one original limited edition fine art print in collaboration with APW Printers during their residency that will be published by APW.

APW covers the costs associated with production of these fine art prints including provision of APW Printers, access to APW Printing workshop facilities, printmaking materials and all other workshop overheads. 

Working in collaboration with an APW Printer, the APW Artist-in-Residence will have the opportunity to complete a limited edition fine art print, each work is then printed in an edition (plus proofs). Ownership of the resulting edition/s is usually split evenly between the Artist and APW.

A detailed scope for the print collaboration project is confirmed following consultation with the Artist-in-Residence.


Conditions of Residency

APW Artist-In-Residency program is for a set period of time, and must be undertaken during the agreed timeframe.

Dates for the residency are non-transferable.

APW Self-contained Apartment is for the use of program recipients only (the space has been designed for single occupancy).

Use of APW Open Access Studio is non-exclusive and successful applicants will be required to abide by the work practices of the APW Open Access Studio.

Prior to using APW Open Access Studio successful applicants will be required to attend an Open Access Studio orientation session. This session will cover OH&S and the safe usage of studio equipment and materials. It will also cover the booking system for the studio.

All artists using APW Open Access Studio are required to sign an APW Open Access Artist agreement form before they use the APW studio.

APW Artists-In-Residence are asked to donate a representative example of their work (produced by the artist during their residency) to APW for its archive. This work is to be designated as an APW proof and is printed extra to any editions printed.

At the conclusion of their residency, recipients agree to complete a brief report about their project. The report is to be submitted to APW to assist with ongoing project evaluation and is due 1 month after the residency has been completed.

How to apply:

Applications must include:

  • A letter outlining your proposed print project including APW facility requirements
  • A current resume (clearly outlining your printmaking skills and experience)
  • Links to where your work can be viewed online
  • Preferred residency dates

Applications must be submitted by email to: auspw@bigpond.com with the applicant’s full name in the email subject line (eg: Your Name – APW AIR 2018) or via our online form

Applications close: 5pm, Wednesday 30 May 2018