“...It is always an amazing experience and privilege to have artists from around the world sharing part of their lives and art with us at the Cowwarr Art Space. This is what makes the Art Space a unique place and provides us all with a broader perspective on Art and world affairs...” - Carolyn Crossley Director

The Artist-in-Residence Program is an integral part of life at Cowwarr Art Space. Carolyn Crossley lives in a portion of the Art Space and warmly welcomes the broadest range of arts practice, related disciplines and nationalities to the Space.  The residencies are not restricted to gallery-based outcomes and have encompasses a wide range of art forms including; contemporary and experimental art, digital design, sculpture, photography, craft, fashion, music, dance, composition, writing, and sound works.

An artist-in-residency is like no other creative experience. It enables you to encounter and explore your emotions and encounter your art practice in a very intimate way.  It gives you the freedom to discover a new space which gives you freedom to reinterpret your own art in a new way. 

As members of Resartis, the Cowwarr Art Space and CAN Inc. follow the principle of offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people the essential time and place away from the pressures and habits of everyday life framed within a unique geographic and cultural context. The program encompass regional based, urban, national and international artists. The program has hosted 20 artists in 2016 and a total of 110 Artists from 16 different countries to date.

Online Application Form at the bottom of this page. Read on for more details. 

RESIDENCY PARTNERSHIPS: We are delighted to be in partnership with BLINDSIDE an Artist Run Initiative (AIR) with a space in the Nicholas Building in Melbourne's CBD.  It is managed by a voluntary board of dedicated arts professionals. BLINDSIDE provides unique experiences for artists and their development, always striving to expand the sphere of artistic practice and empowering artists to see into fruition bold and spectacular ideas. We provide the opportunity for audiences to see the breadth of contemporary art practice from sculpture, drawing, painting and performance art, through to new media, video, sound, installation and craft.  The BLINDSIDE REGIONAL ARTS RESIDENCY is supported by the City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria and Cowwarr Art Space.

NICOLE BREEDON is the recipient of the 2017 Regional Art Residency and takes up residence in the Garden Studio this August. Nicole will create a body of work entitled Everything’s OK. The work is a slip cast ceramic depicting a partially decomposed/zombie hand gesturing “OK” which appears to be forcefully protruding from a small mound of dirt.

The Faculty of VCA & MCM Melbourne University Cowwarr Art Space Residency Retreat  has come to an end. It was a great program that provided students and graduates from the Faculty of The VCA  the opportunity to participate in our residency program in 2014-15. This had add great depth to our program and was of great value not only to the artists involved but the other residents in the program and it created great links and connections to the region.   

CAN Inc. Cowwarr Arts Network Incorporated is a not-for-profit incorporated association that operates out of and in collaboration with the Cowwarr Art Space.

Cowwarr Art Space is a unique private regional contemporary arts venue, that has been operating since 1993 in a restored heritage industrial Butter Factory C.1918 situated on the outskirts of Cowwarr, a small rural community in Victoria, Australia. Cowwarr has a small general store, Catholic Church, primary school and pub.  The Art Space provides the perfect creative haven for artists wanting to get away from it all and make new work in a self-directed residency, focused individual project or in collaboration. The country location between Traralgon and Maffra in the rich farming country with a backdrop of the Victorian Alps lends itself to a calm reflective experience.  

Residential Live/Work Studios  There are four individual studios; Garden Studio, Balcony Studio, Janina Suite and the Butter Room. The spaces are self contained, fully furnished with cooking facilities and pots and pans, linen, bedding/towels and TV.  Laundry and some bathroom facilities are shared. We also have a communal herb and veggie garden.  The Stduio's are available for long term or short term residencies, depending on availability.  

Please Note: The Studio's are currently fully booked.  We will be opening applications for 2018 soon. 

Communication Free Wi-fi access to the NBN, Mobile signal is limited. Telstra is recommended and phones with a blue tick for rural access.

Transport train travel between Melbourne and Traralgon every hour most days. Gippsland Line (Limited bus connections to Cowwarr use Traralgon as the destination for more travel options)  We can meet train connections in the Art Space vehicle when prearranged.  Shopping/provisioning trips can also be arranged with Carolyn or Clive.  Google Maps now has public Transport App for Vline and buses.   Currently there are major infrastructure works on the train line so check for updated information on the Vline web site.


  • This is a privately funded facility
  • We cannot offer financial support for any artist for; visas, travel, accommodation, living or production costs
  • We can supply letters of support for applications to funding organisations for the residency
  • All visiting artists are expected to leave the studios clean and tidy.
  • International artist will need to apply for an Australian Visa Immigration Link


  • Weekly accommodation: from $250/week for singles and $300/week for couples and contact us for groups or if you intend bring more family members.
  • Less than a week: $100 minimum charge
  • Artist are responsible for all their own living expenses and production costs
  • Specialised equipment and kiln firing costs are worked out individually depending on use


  • Visit our AIR Blog to get a feel for the program
  • Check available dates on the Residency Calendar  if a studio is listed in the calendar it is occupied
  • Check out the Studios
  • Email for further information caninc@cowwarr.com


  • Tell us why you want to undertake a residency and what you hope to accomplish
  • Tell us a bit about yourself and your artwork (send images jpg or web links)
  • Please indicate which studio you prefer (allocation depends on availability)
  • Provide us with your preferred dates (allocation depends on availability)
  • Complete contact information, including address, email and phone numbers


2016  AIR's:  Brazil, Júlia Palazzo, community art, Garden Studio | USA. Alison Svoboda, sculpture, Garden Studio |VIC.  Rebecca Delange, ceramic/sculpture, Garden Studio | VIC. Betra Fraval, painter/sculptor, Janina Suite | VIC. Jordan Wood, collage/sculpture Garden Studio | USA. Linden Eller, collage, Janina Suite |  NZ. Madeleine Child, Philip Jarvis, ceramics, Garden Studio |  VIC. Jethro Harcourt, sculpture, ceramics, Pottery Studio | VIC. Michelle Caithness,  drawing, Garden Studio | VIC. Cassie Stevens, graphic artist, Garden Studio | Argentina, Paz Velasco, photography, installation, Janina Suite | USA. Josephine Gariboldi and Paul Zmolek, performance, choreography, Garden Studio | VIC. Sophia Hewson, painter, video, Janina Suite | VIC. Kate Hodgetts, painter,print, photography, Garden Studio | USA. Robyn Hillman-Harrigon, writer, Janina Suite| VIC. Carol Swain, painter, Garden Studio | VIC. Callum Jackson, painter, Garden Studio| VIC. Leona Gray, singer, composer, Garden Studio |
Long Stay AIR's:  VIC. Claire Marston, installation, Cowwarr Art Space Gallery Assistant Manager, Butter Room Studio | VIC. William Young, Painter, Balcony Studio|
2015 Regional Training and Engagement Program (RTEF) Victorian College of the Arts Partnership: Hartmut Veit, sculpture/installation | Leanora Olmi, photography | Kiera Brew Kurec, performance video | Kenny Pittock, ceramic, installation, sculpture | Georgie Mattingley, photography, video installation| 

Banner Image: The String Contingent Residency 2012