A residency opportunity for Australian writers in Rome.
About the residency
The BR Whiting Studio residency is an opportunity for writers to direct their own program of activity and expand their practice and networks. There are 3 residencies on offer of varying duration: 1-month (with $5,000 support), 3-months (with $10,000 support), and 6-months (with $20,000 support).
The Studio is an apartment in the Roman neighbourhood of Trastevere. It was given to the Australia Council by Lorri Whiting, an Australian abstract painter who was embraced by the Italian art scene. She spent many years living in Rome and exhibited in prestigious galleries across Italy, the UK and New York. She established the BR Whiting Studio as a gift to the Australia Council in honour of her late husband, the writer B.R ‘Bertie’ Whiting. The residency was originally established for the benefit of Australian poets and poets are encouraged to apply for the residency.
Rome is a city rich in history, culture and religion. There are many opportunities for a writer to connect with bookshops, literary societies, universities, academics and translators. Residents are encouraged to make contacts prior to the commencement of their residency. Several previous residents have organised readings through universities and institutions such as the Keats Shelley House.
Applications close: Tuesday 11 October 2022 at 3pm AEDT
Location: Rome, Italy
Art form: Literature
Amount: $5,000 (one-month residency); $10,000 (three-month residency); $20,000 (six-month residency)
Notification date: early December 2022
Length of residency: One month, three months or six months
- 24 July – 24 August 2023
- 4 September – 27 November 2023
- 4 December 2023 – 27 May 2024.
Who can apply
- Only individuals may apply to this category.
- You must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.
Who cannot apply
You cannot apply if:
- You received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
- You owe money to the Australia Council
- We will not accept applications from legally constituted organisations.
Australia Council staff will consider applications according to the assessment criteria and will seek recommendations by industry advisors as needed. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by early December 2022.
Applicants must address the following assessment criteria:
- Artistic merit
- suitability of your practice to the residency program and its artistic environment/offer
- quality of work previously produced, and public and peer response to your work
- suitability of your proposal to the residency program
- the skills and artistic ability of your collaborators and their relevance to the proposed activity
- realistic and achievable planning, resource use and evaluation.
- Impact on career
- how the proposed activity strengthens your artistic practice
- the relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity
- how the proposed activity strengthens your capacity as an arts professional, particularly in relation to international development and collaboration.
For more information and to apply, visit the Australia Council website here.