The Origins Artist Residency

General information

Brief 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, care, youth and children\'s education and play. To learn more about our facilities, visit our website

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

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 room, a studio in the forest, access to a workshop and access to a beautiful space with good acoustics for movement or music making. We have shared facilities for cooking, washing and ablutions: all available on a donation basis either as a financial donation and/or through a cultural contribution of an artist talk, performance or donation of artwork. We operate on the basis of fair exchange and mutual support.

The Origins Artist Residency program started in February 2019. It runs during the months of February, March. July, October and November. We have an open call out for artists to apply for 2019 and 2020.

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

For further inquiries please contact Lachlan Jefferys <>

Lachlan Jefferys is the Artist Residency Coordinator who lives onsite with his wife Lauren and their son Jasper. Lachlan has a background as a successful commercial sculptor and contemporary painter. He had been working at Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) in Berridale, Tasmania since it opened in 2011 and recently left the Front of House management team at the end of 2018 to facilitate this new residency program.

Anne Clark is a co-manager and 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

We look forward to hearing from you.

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

Organised prior to residency through a dialogue with the coordinator.

Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Kitchen
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Retreats and visiting guests

How to reach

Nearest airport


Contact information

The Origins Artist Residency
153 Jayes Road
6253 Balingup

Phone: 0456075392

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