The City of Greater Bendigo, in partnership with several local businesses created a new program to support artists and creatives during the pandemic recovery. The program provided artists and creatives the opportunity to take part in a paid residency at a workplace for up to three months.
The Creative Recovery Residency Program offers time, space, mentorship, financial support and professional development to five artists or creative businesses to develop new work, carry out research, or produce creative projects using their choice of mediums that relate to the specific workplace.
The City’s Greater CREATIVE Bendigo strategy identified a need to grow partnerships between the creative and business sectors. As part of this innovative program the City will fund the five residency positions.
2021 Creative Recovery Residency
Five talented creatives, Caitlin Royce, Kerry Punton, Mia McAuslan, Bailey Bish and Kathy Holowko were selected from an expression of interest to be placed with local organisations, Coliban Water, Bendigo Bank, Bendigo Pottery, The Emporium Creative Hub and the City of Greater Bendigo to complete a creative residency in the workplace.
During 2021, the five artists spent time with their prospective organisations, developing their ideas and work, often having to work from home studios rather than onsite, due to the pandemic lockdowns. The artists and businesses remained flexible with each of the residencies developing their own unique experiences and outcomes. More about the artists here.
2022 Creative Gastronomy Residency
Five talented creatives have been selected for a Creative Gastronomy Residency Program at five local businesses and organisations that represent some of the region’s UNESCO City of Gastronomy diverse offerings.
Natalie Ryan, Andre Sardone, Paul Fletcher, Aleshia Ng and Anne Tweed have been selected to complete a workplace based creative residency at Silver Spoon Estate, Bridgeward Grove, the Food and Fibre Centre for Excellence at Bendigo TAFE, PepperGreen Farm and the Bendigo Agricultural Show Society respectively.