Creative in Residence

Part of the Ebb + Flow program by North Midlands Project

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We're the North Midlands Project, a not-for-profit arts, culture, history and heritage organisation working towards regional Western Australia to be known for its happy, healthy communities and vibrant, connected towns. We want to hear people from the community, visitors and potential residents say 'I love this place!'

We're based in Carnamah and Geraldton in Western Australia's Mid West region and deliver quality arts, culture, history and heritage activities across the seven regional local government areas of Carnamah, Coorow, Mingenew, Morawa, Perenjori and Three Springs (collectively known as the 'North Midlands') and in the City of Greater Geraldton.

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About the Residency

The Package

  • Remuneration of $6,000 inclusive of GST

  • Accommodation at Artist House VII in Carnamah

  • Materials up to $2,000 inclusive of GST

  • Studio and workshop space at The Exchange in Carnamah

  • Four week exhibition of your existing work at The Bank Gallery in Carnamah

  • Catered launch of your exhibition with artists talk at The Bank Gallery in Carnamah

  • Access to our Regional Learning Hub (computers, printers + office space) in Carnamah

  • Marketing + promotion of activities


As part of our Ebb + Flow program, North Midlands Project has a series of planned residencies throughout 2021. The residencies are four weeks long, paid opportunities for creatives of any medium to develop new skills, advance their practice, research projects, or create new work while sharing their practice with the communities of the North Midlands in WA's Mid West region. It is our intention to have each of the regions in Western Australia and the metro area represented.

Each residency consists of:

  • Exhibition/performance, launch and public artist talk at The Bank Gallery in Carnamah

  • Seven public activities/workshops/talks throughout the North Midlands

  • One collaborative work created with the community for the 2021 Ebb + Flow body of works (more info below)

Applications are currently closed for our Creative in Residence program. Please follow us at for future opportunities.

About Ebb + Flow

Our 2021-2023 artistic theme is Ebb + Flow, using the creative and collaborative nature of arts to explore the past and look to the future.

From conversations with our community, an underlying concern about the potential decline of our communities, including new fears of unpredictable hibernation/lockdown periods were identified. Working to address this, we have designed our 2021-2023 arts programming around the theme of Ebb + Flow, which encourages the community to join professional creatives-in-residence to explore the natural, economic, and personal cycles that are present where they live. These hands-on arts activities engage participants as individuals with an important place in their region, and engage WA artists in meaningful work with direct social outcomes.

The creative program fosters self-worth and resilience in both the participants and artists, builds on the understanding that we Stand Stronger Together and reminds people that changes in our regional communities are often temporary. That there are periods of decline and growth, drought and rain, hardship and prosperity, that factors outside our control often ebb and flow.

Example Itinerary

Week One

Thursday Arrive, settle in!

Friday Orientation + immersion tour of the region

Saturday 1st Workshop

Week Two

Tuesday 2nd Workshop

Friday Exhibition Launch + Artist Talk at The Bank Gallery

Saturday 3rd Workshop

Week Three

Tuesday 4th Workshop

Saturday 5th Workshop

Week Four

Tuesday 6th Workshop

Saturday 7th Workshop

Week Five

Thursday Exhibition deinstall

During the week Complete artwork for the Ebb n Flow body of works

Accommodation is booked through to Sunday afternoon

Residency Dates

Residency dates will be coordinated using the program schedule as a guide and working in with creatives availability.

EOI Process + Key Dates

STAGE ONE - Online Submission

EOI Open

31 August 2020

EOI Close

13 September 2020


18 September 2020

STAGE TWO - Interview via Zoom


21 - 27 September 2020


November 2020

A second EOI process may be held in early 2021.

Applications are currently closed for our Creative in Residence program. Please follow us at for future opportunities.

How to Apply

Here are the three core questions of the EOI

  • Tell us about your creative practice/work (350 words max)

  • Do you have experience working with communities? If yes, please provide details (500 words max)

  • How do you plan to engage the community through A) the seven activities/workshops; and B) the final collaborative piece? (500 words max)

Applications are currently closed for our Creative in Residence program. Please follow us at for future opportunities.


Is this residency only for experienced applicants?
No - we welcome expressions of interest from creatives and arts facilitators at all stages of their careers.

Is this residency for visual artists only?
No - we would love to have a range of creative media throughout the residencies. This might be dance, public artwork, film, play-writing, stand-up comedy, music, poetry...

Who can apply?
Any creatives from any region of WA (including the metro area) are encouraged to apply. We aim to have all regions and the metro area represented.

Who owns the final collaborative work?
The artist and North Midlands Project with share joint copyright for the reproduction of the work. The artist will retain ownership of the final collaborative work, with the understanding that it will be available for loan in 2022 and 2023 for an exhibition of the collective works in multiple locations.

When does the artist receive remuneration?
25% of the artist payment will be transferred in the month before the residency start date; 25% on commencement and the balance upon the completion of the residency.

Do I need a private vehicle?
Yes - you will need a personal vehicle to travel to and from community activities. If you are unable to bring your own vehicle, please get in touch with us to discuss alternative arrangements.

Can I bring a partner/child?
Potentially, this can be discussed.

Can I bring a pet?
No - Unfortunately pets are not permitted due to potential allergies of future guests.

Can multiple people apply for one residency?
Yes - we welcome group applications of up to three people.

Is there somewhere I can find out more about Carnaamh and the North Midlands area?
Yes - Check out

Applications are currently closed for our Creative in Residence program. Please follow us at for future opportunities.

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