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The Arts

Parramatta Artists' Studios Open: Applications

Justine Youssef in her PAS studio, 2020. Photo Jacquie Manning

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Parramatta Artists' Studios (PAS) is the energetic home for creative production in Western Sydney. Our focus is on what happens in and around the studio space to develop critical artistic practice. We nurture ideas and experimentation. We support artists to take risks and share studio conversations and processes. We work to establish or build on peer and professional communities. We believe in empowering and equipping artists to build thriving and sustainable creative lives.

We have supported hundreds of artists since opening in 2006 and have a growing community of alumni who are at the forefront of contemporary artistic practice in Australia. Through our supported studio facilities in Parramatta and Rydalmere we offer subsidised studio tenancy programs, career development programs, residency programs and community-connected programs.

To find out more about our program visit Parramatta Artists' Studios.

2021-2022 Parramatta Artists' Studios Open Applications are now open

Parramatta Artists’ Studios Open is a series of short-term residency projects that take place both online and across the Parramatta local government area.  PAS Open speaks to the nature of this program being flexible, welcoming and encompassing of new possibilities.  

The PAS Open program will be delivered in two parts, the PAS Open Digital Residencies (Open now) and the PAS Open On-Site Residencies (Coming soon). 

This call out is for artists interested in being part of our digital residency program which marks the start of the PAS Open program. You can read more about the entire program in our program guidelines.

What is the PAS Open digital residency?

PAS Open digital residencies support artists to:

  • Undertake self-directed research or create new work
  • Deliver a talk about their project or practice at the end of their residency period
  • Deliver a public program in collaboration with PAS or partner organsations (for an additional fee)

PAS Open digital artists will be supported by: 

  • Regular meetings with a mentor
  • Support from the PAS team 
  • A community of peers through the PAS Open Together program
  • A residency fee of $3,000

Two of the PAS Open digital residencies will be supported by a new commission through our partnerships with Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library and Sydney Opera House. 

How do I find out more?

All applicants must read the information included in the 2021 - 2022 Parramatta Artists’ Studios Open Digital Residency Guidelines.

You can also attend one of our online information sessions via the booking links below:

    How do I apply?

    Applications open Thursday 2 September 2021.

    Digital residencies will begin in mid-November 2021 and run until April 2022. For more information, please see our 2021 - 2022 Parramatta Artists’ Studios Open Digital Residency Guidelines.

    To apply, please complete the online application form.

    Applications close at 12 midnight Thursday 30 September 2021.

    Contact us

    Our staff are also available on email or phone to answer your questions.