Arts X Science Residency

Arts X Science Residency supports a First Nations artist or collective to research and develop a new work between Arts House and Science Gallery Melbourne.

Applications for Arts X Science Residency are now closed. 


Arts House is excited to continue our partnership with Science Gallery Melbourne for an interdisciplinary research and creative development residency. 

This is an opportunity for a First Nations artist(s) to work across Arts House, Science Gallery Melbourne and the new Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter at The University of Melbourne. 

Over six weeks, selected artists will be supported in the residency to develop their own research directions. The residency will run for two weeks at Arts House and up to four weeks at Science Gallery, including opportunities to meet with leading academics and scientists of the University of Melbourne.

Science Gallery Melbourne is part of the acclaimed Global Science Gallery Network and is embedded in the University of Melbourne. Science Gallery explores the collision of art and science and plays a vital role in shifting our understanding of science, art and innovation. 

Read the following for more details:

Key Dates

  • EOIs close Thursday 18 November 5pm
  • Notifications mid December 2021
  • Program runs July 2022 – June 2023


Arts X Science Residency is an interdisciplinary research and creative development program for an Australian-based First Nations artist, collective or small company. 

  • The selected project will receive $20,000 project fee contribution, plus superannuation and oncosts.
  • The selected project has access to 2 weeks supported venue-based residency at Arts House and up to 4 weeks with Science Gallery Melbourne.
  • The residency takes place between July 2022 – June 2023. 
  • Arts House and Science Gallery Melbourne have financial resources available to ensure that an artists’ access and inclusion needs are met, if required to participate in the program.
  • In addition to access support, both organisations are able to provide culturally appropriate mentor/ support person to work with the artist(s) if required. 

Please see FAQs for more information [PDF | Word]

How to Apply

We want you to apply in the format that is easiest for you. You can submit these formats through the SmartyGrants EOI system:

  • Written
  • Video
  • Auslan video (we can arrange interpretation of your video if needed)
  • Audio 

Please get in touch with us prior to the closing date if you need to submit your application outside of the SmartyGrants system or via a recorded zoom for access reasons.

If you would like to discuss the application process with a First Nations staff member, please get in touch – contact details below.

Got a Question?

If you have read our documents and attended the Info Session but still have questions, please contact:

Tara Prowse
Arts House Creative Producer
0447 570 178 (text only)
(03) 9322 3720

The Arts X Science Residency is for First Nations artists. If you would like to discuss the EOI process directly with a First Nations staff member, please get in touch via the contact below or info@melbourne.sciencegallery.com

National Relay Service (NRS)
TTY users: phone 13 36 77 – then ask for – 03 9322 3720
Speak and Listen users: phone 1300 555 727 – then ask for – 03 9322 3720
Internet relay users: connect to the NRS (internet-relay.nrscall.gov.au) – then type in – 03 9322 3720


The Arts X Science Residency is supported by the City of Melbourne through Art House and with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts and by the University of Melbourne through Science Gallery Melbourne.

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