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Guest Artist in Residence

Applications for 2018 are NOW OPEN

Northcote Pottery Supplies would like to invite emerging and established ceramic artists to apply for a three month residency in 2018. Selected artists will be allocated a private studio space, rent free, at our Brunswick East location. This is an opportunity for artists to develop and produce work, experiment, tackle a new project or more.

Residency dates for 2018

  • 5 March - 25 May (12 weeks)
  • 12 June - 31 August (12 weeks)
  • 17 September - 7 December (12 weeks)

Aims of the residency program

  • To support and encourage an emerging or established artist in their ceramics practice
  • To strengthen and add diversity to our Resident Artists Program
  • To offer a unique workshop and Meet The Artist opportunities to our students and local community

Residency features

  • The opportunity to work in an active ceramics centre, alongside other practicing artists
  • 3 months private studio space  at Northcote Pottery Supplies, rent free
  • Studio space approx 3.4 x 2m, equipped with wheel, work desk and shelving
  • 24 hour studio access
  • 10% retail discount on selected materials sold at Northcote Pottery Supplies

Responsibilities for the resident

  • A commitment to work regularly in the studio
  • To develop and run a one-day workshop in consultation with NPS staff (time volunteered)
  • If the residency period falls on Open Day (late August) to open their studio to the public, alongside other resident artists
  • In consultation with Northcote Pottery Supplies donate a piece of artwork to the Northcote Pottery Supplies Collection at the conclusion of the residency period

Selection criteria

  • Clarity and planning of proposed project and outcomes
  • Commitment to work regularly in the studio, weekday availability is favoured
  • Clear outline of proposed workshop, including materials and equipment required
  • Quality images of artwork
  • Overall professionalism of application
  • Ability to work positively within a group environment

Important information

  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome by December 2017, with shortlisted applicants invited for interview the following week
  • Our Guest Artist in Residence program is for studio space only, we are unable to provide accommodation
  • We do not take applications from full-time students
  • For more information email


2017 Residents

Jenny Bartholomew
6 March - 26 May 2017

Oh what a lovely space – light filled and spacious, at times contemplative and others industrious. A space to develop ideas, methods and scale and explore new mediums. Like the gorgeous black clay from the all too close shop, yes the black one, the expensive one! It’s like working with licorice.

My proposal had been to develop alternate trophy forms in response to my ongoing research within The Heritage Collection of the Royal Victorian Agricultural Society. The trophies eventually took the form of Clydesdale hooves, some stylized, other realistic. The hoof form is a nod to the trophies of the colonial big game hunters (think elephant tooth umbrella stands). Some of the trophies carry the repetitious marks of the plough and tilled fields, others the stalks of grains, grasses and plants cultivated by pre-colonial farmers.

Kyoko Imazu
13 June - 1 September 2017
IG @kyokoimazu

Ceramic is a new medium for me in comparison to my other printmaking practice. I was teaching myself from online forums and friends’ advice but I never really had a chance, time and space to dedicate myself to hands-on experiments with different types of clays and techniques.

So my aim as a Guest Artist in Residence at Northcote Pottery Supplies was to use different types of materials and create larger than usual sculptural pieces.

Being the Guest Artist at the light-filled spacious studio at Northcote Pottery Supplies allowed me the complete focus I needed to really think about the direction I wanted to take with my ceramic practice through experiments with different materials.

NPS staff and other resident artists made me feel respected and welcomed in the studio. I felt like I was part of the community and able to ask questions and their expertise.

My work has changed quite drastically in concept, scale and materials during the three months. I surprised myself when I compared my work in the beginning and the end.

The end of my Residency provided a new beginning for me – the best outcome of programs like this.

Beth Croce
18 September - 8 December
IG @bio_perspective