Sydney Olympic Park Authority

General information

Brief 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


Brief description of residency program

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 program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
Type of organisation
  • Part of a Governmental Institution

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Partners
Grants available

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 artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


OtherRural-type setting but located very near to central Sydney

  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Metal Working Tools
Number of studios

between 11 and 16

Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Concerts

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.

By plane

About 30 minutes by car from Sydney International Airport.

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.

Nearest airport

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Contact information

Sydney Olympic Park Authority
5 Olympic Boulevard
NSW 2127 Sydney Olympic Park

Phone: +61 2 9714 7300

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