The Origins Artist Residency

Name of Residency: The Origins Artist Residency

Origins Centre promotes good principles for the common good through mindfulness practice, retreats, study, landcare and the arts.

Many artists are seeking to integrate their work and vision with the greater cause of a safe, just and thriving world. The Origins Centre is open and compatible with this view. We want to integrate the arts more thoroughly into our culture and welcome you to apply.

We are open to all the arts from visual through movement, writing, or music. Each residency lasts from one to four weeks. Each artist gets a private room and a studio in the forest, access to a workshop and access to a beautiful space with good acoustics for movement, music making, yoga, meditation and mindfulness. We have shared facilities for cooking, washing and ablutions.

We ask for a payment of $20 per night (to cover accomodation costs) and a cultural contribution of an artist talk, performance or donation of an artwork. Often the artist will cover their accommodation costs by holding a workshop, with all donations from the workshop going to the artist.

The Origins Artist Residency program runs during the months of February, March. July, October and November. There is an open call out for artists to apply for these months.

We are particularly seeking regional/local artists but we are very much open to interstate or international artists.

The Application process is simple. Just email our Artist Residency Manager, Timbo Roberts, at with a proposal.

This proposal should include:

  • How you intend to utilise your stay.
  • The time-frame you wish to stay (we offer 1-4 week residencies).
  • How you intend to pay for the residency, either self-funded or with a grant (we can offer a letter of support if needed).
  • Examples of your work.
  • Links to websites.
  • What cultural contribution you could make to the community? Artist talk, open studio, workshop, donation of work, etc?

From here a dialogue will begin and we can work towards a potential residency.

Anne Clark is a teacher of pottery and mindfulness at Origins. We have a purpose built, fully equipped cabin with attached studio and kilns that are available. Inquire through Anne via

Timbo Roberts is the Artist In Residence Coordinator and living onsite at the Origins Centre for 2020. He is a practicing multidisciplinary artist working mostly in electronic music and visual art.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Residency Programme since: 2019
Description of Organisation: The Centre is quiet, beautiful and inspiring. Many different groups and individuals seek to contribute to the common good, and all are welcome here. Activists come to recover and renew many people come for mindfulness training. Artists come here to write, rehearse, paint or simply soak up the atmosphere. Students come to study away from distraction.

In 1983, the property was generously donated to Origins Centre, a WA group interested in Buddhist ideas and practices. Although retreats and Buddhist study groups have always been held here, the Origins Centre has now evolved into a universal, inclusive and practical place open to the community. Through the years the Centre has welcomed many groups exploring a variety of subjects including environmental activism, art workshops, bush regeneration, mental health, youth and children’s education and play. To learn more about our facilities, visit our website

Organisation founded in: 1983
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Woodworking tools
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : We are in connection with local schools for if an artist wishes to hold workshops.
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $20 AUD per night.
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): If the Artist holds an event, the Dana received from the event can contribute to their residency cost.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Housing
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    • Teaching
    • Donation of artwork
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Other
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Perth
    Nearest Train Station: Bunbury
    Street & Number: 153-157 Jayes Road
    Postal Code: 6253
    City: Balingup
    Country long: Australia
    153-157 Jayes Road
    Balingup 6253 Australia
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