Artspace Visual Arts Centre

General information

Brief description of organisation

Artspace Visual Arts Centre is a leading international residency-based contemporary art centre, housed in the historic Gunnery Building in Woolloomooloo fronting Sydney Harbour. Committed to the development of new ideas and practices in contemporary art and culture, since the early 1980s Artspace has been building a critical context for Australian and international artists, curators and writers.

Prioritising the ideas and practices of artists, Artspace fosters the development of challenging new installation-based work, including projects in video, performance, sound, interactive and other forms of developing technologies. Through public program, education and publication activities Artspace explores critical contexts for contemporary art and encourages examination of the diverse social, political and visual processes that shape Australian culture within both regional and global frameworks.

Each year Artspace presents around 20 gallery projects; hosts over 50 artist residencies; initiates a range of public program and education activities; and publishes \'Column\', a regular Artspace periodical as well as cultural theory books and artist monographs.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Artspace supports artists’ research and practice through a comprehensive Studio Residency Program. Hosting visitors from around Australia and the world, Artspace is a key hub for the contemporary art community in Sydney and across New South Wales, fostering dialogue between local artists, writers and curators and their national and overseas counterparts.

Artspace operates four residential and seven non-residential studios on-site in the Gunnery Building, Woolloomooloo. The Residency Program provides local, national and international artists with the space and time to develop new ideas and work, as well as enabling the construction of major site-specific works for the Artspace Gallery Program.

Artspace Studio Residencies are available via an application process to artists and other related professionals not directly involved in the Artspace Gallery Projects Program. On average two residential and four non-residential studios are allocated across the year in this manner.

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Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
Type of organisation
  • Other

Contemporary Art Centre

Residency conditions

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

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Selection procedure

By Committee

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Computer
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

Stop at Kings Cross Station. Exit the station via the Victoria Street exit, walk down Victoria Street and down the steps leading onto Cowper Wharf Road.

By plane

Sydney Airport

Nearest airport

Sydney Airport

Contact information

Artspace Visual Arts Centre
43-51 Cowper Wharf Road
NSW 2011 Woolloomooloo Sydney

Phone: +61-2-9356 0555
Fax: +61-2-9368 1705

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