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Residency Program

Multiarts Residency Program

The Artist in Residence program has been developed by Tanks Arts Centre to appeal and cater to a range of arts practitioners including visual arts, music, writing, performance, multi-media and community cultural development. Opportunities exist for short and long term projects, especially those that have a connection to or presentation outcome at Tanks Arts Centre.

Applications are welcome from all parties, with no set application deadlines.  We encourage creative ideas from local, national and international artists and community groups.

Download the Multiarts Program Guidelines and Application Form

Residency Accommodation
No. 5 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

The residence is situated on the periphery of the Gardens precinct, and adjacent to Saltwater Creek. The refurbished four bedroom 1970’s Queenslander home, sits amongst towering mango trees, with a large balcony overlooking a tropic garden and a very short walk from Tanks Arts Centre .

The house is offered as short to medium term accommodation to artists hosted by the Tanks Arts Centre Residency Program, and for artists and performers engaged in our program of events.

The house may be made available to other host organisations in Cairns who need to accommodate artists, scientists and researchers for short to medium term accommodation.

Download Residency Accommodation Application

The program’s objective is to offer a socially and creatively conducive environment in which artists can live and work; to attract professional and student artists and scientists from around the world to experience the region and exchange ideas.

Cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration is highly encouraged.  Applicants may share the accommodation with other resident artists and/or scientists, though this is not enforceable.

Internships: Arts & Science Residency Program

The aim of our residency is to attract professional and student artists and scientists from around the world and house them in an environment conducive to an ideas exchange on their experience of our region.

Sister Cities Residencies

Tanks Residency Program has a special exchange program for the artists and communities of our sister cities:

  • Oyama, Japan
  • Minami, Japan
  • Riga, Latvia
  • Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
  • Lae, Papua New Guinea
  • Scottsdale, USA
  • Zhanjiang, China

Artists from these cities are encouraged to develop projects that aim to increase awareness and understanding between the peoples of our cities.

Download the Cairns Sister Cities Residency Exchange Program Application Form

Organisations in our sister cities are encouraged to consider hosting Cairns based artists in the spirit of cultural exchange.

For more information please contact:
+61 7 4032 6600