Artsbox is a vibrant, intimate and creative space home to Artists-in-Residence throughout the year, located outside the Footscray Library. It is a space for emerging, mid-career and professional artists to create new work, test and explore ideas, and develop their arts practice. Resident artists are often present at various times throughout the week, so why not pop by and see what they’re up to?
Apply for residency
Artists, performers and writers can apply for creative residencies at Footscray’s Artsbox and Bluestone Church Arts Space. The short-term residencies (up to eight weeks) provide artists with the space to create new work, test and explore ideas, and develop your arts practice. Artists of all genres and mediums are welcome to apply. There is no requirement for you to be a resident of the City of Maribyrnong.
Testimonials from previous Artsbox artists-in-residence
During my Artsbox residency, Council went above and beyond to help me with many incredible networking opportunities within the community, plus ongoing support to achieve my artistic goals. I felt nurtured as an artist the entire residency by the open armed support and recommend this to any artist wanting to apply!
Dallas Frasca - Musician / Festival Director A Hitch to the Sticks
Artsbox Resident February-March 2018
I was lucky enough to complete a two month residency at Artsbox and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity. Having a fully equipped space to go to every day and create work surrounded by the bubbling Footscray community was a wonderful experience. Thanks so much to Maribyrnong City Council for creating and managing such a unique resource and opening it up to artists.
Ben Davis - Illustrator
Artsbox Resident August-September 2018
As an artist, a residency is a valuable experience and Artsbox allowed me to work continuously for a sustained period of time. Residencies validate an artist’s practise, giving them unique experiences that can be drawn on for much longer than the period of time physically spent at the residency. The unique location of Artsbox added a particular stimulus to my work – the rich cultural diversity of Footscray provides a two way street for artists and passer-by. My interactions with the people of Footscray were positive and I believe the many visitors to Artsbox gained through this shared arts experience.
Lee Bethel - an artist working with paper
Artsbox Resident August 2017
Meet the artists
Resident artists are often present at various times throughout the week, so why not pop by and see what they’re up to?