Sydney Olympic Park Authority

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The program is managed by the Arts unit of Sydney Olympic Park Authority and is part of our effort to create a unique arts and cultural dimension for the township being created at the Park. The program can accommodate a maximum of 4 participants at one time (or 5 if two successful applicants happen to be a couple), and each will have a room within a restored cottage on the site and access to well-equipped studio and workshop facilities. The Armory precinct, while only 13kms from the centre of Sydney, has a tranquil rural quality ?? it is bordered to the east by the Newington Nature Reserve, a woodland and wetland area of high ecological value and to the north by the Parramatta River. A fee of $55 per week Australian dollars is charged. The fee can be waived, at the Authority??s discretion, if the artist??s proposal will deliver definite artistic outcomes for Sydney Olympic Park, e.g. creation of a temmporary public artwork or similar.

Residency Programme since: 2005
Description of Organisation:

The Sydney Olympic Park artist-in-residence program provides an opportunity for local and international artists to live and work within the community of artists at Newington Armory, a unique heritage-listed site at the Olympic precinct.

Sydney Olympic Park Authority, the organisation that funds the program, is responsible for the management and development of the 700 hectare precinct, which includes large parklands, major sporting and and entertainment venues and a growing community of businesses and residents.

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Governmental Institution
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Ceramics facilities
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
  • Office
  • Welding tools
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): There is no grant attached to this residency. SOPA suggests that interested artists organise their funding through appropriate arts funding agencies/arts councils/embassies/consulates prior to lodging their applications.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: N/A
    Nearest Airport: Sydney Kingsford Smith
    Nearest Train Station: Lidcombe
    How to reach by plane: About 30 minutes by car from Sydney International Airport.
    How to reach by train: Train from Sydney??s Central Station to Lidcombe then change at Lidcombe for Olympic Park Station. A short bus ride on no. 525 from the train station to Newington or Parramatta will bring you within walking distance of the Armory. Ask the bus driver to let you off at the stop nearest to Jamieson Street.
    How to reach by car: Newington Armory is situated within Sydney Olympic Park and is easily accessible by car from all directions. See the Sydney Olympic Park website for detailed maps and travel information.
    Street & Number: 8 Australia Avenue
    Postal Code: NSW 2127
    City: Sydney Olympic Park
    Country long: Australia
    8 Australia Avenue
    Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127 AUS
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