Applications for residencies between JANUARY and JUNE 2020 are now closed.

Applications for residencies between JULY to DECEMBER 2020 close 5pm Sunday 31st May 2020.

(For the EASS (ANU graduate) residency category see here.)

Our artist-in-residence program is open to Australian and international potters and ceramic artists. It provides an opportunity for a short-term change of environment to develop new work, change direction or simply re-invigorate through engagement with a different community.

Canberra Potters’ objectives are to promote excellence and innovation in ceramics, foster an appreciation of handcrafted ceramics in the broader community and encourage the professional development of its members. The residency program is an important part of its overall program, which incorporates teaching, professional development, exhibition and retail activities. Artists-in-residence are encouraged to interact with society members and the public through various aspects of these activities.

The society, a not-for-profit arts organisation, is an ACT Government Key Arts Organisation. As such it receives some funding from the ACT Government and manages Watson Arts Centre, an ACT Government arts facility. It runs an extensive education program of classes and workshops for members and the public.

The Watson Arts Centre premises include two large teaching workshops, a members-only workshop, spacious gallery, retail shop for the work of a selected group of members, library, administration areas, kiln room, glazing room and clay storage. There are four individual studios for rent to ceramic artists and a studio with adjacent self-contained furnished residential accommodation for the artist-in-residence program. The artist-in-residence studio is wheelchair accessible, as is the residential unit and most areas of the WAC premises. (The residential unit and studios were purpose built in 2011.)

The artist-in-residence studio is equipped with a potter’s wheel, table, large ware trolley, clay trap, built-in under-bench cupboards, built-in shelving, wedging slab and a sink with running water. (Wheelthrowing and handbuilding tools can be supplied if artists are unable to bring their preferred tools.) There is access in the teaching workshops to  slab rollers and a pugmill in the kiln/glazing shed.

In the kiln room there are a number of electric kilns of various capacities and two gas kilns. Outside there are a soda kiln and a gas raku kiln. It is important to note that there are no kilns specifically set aside for the use of artists-in-residence; kiln use has to be booked and fit in with other use. Facilities for wood- and salt-firing are available at Strathnairn Arts Association in Holt, Canberra, with which CPS has a close relationship. Strathnairn is approximately half an hour’s drive from Watson Arts Centre.

Watson Arts Centre is on the north side of Canberra, approximately 15 minutes drive or bike ride from Canberra’s CBD.