Creative Recovery Residencies Bendigo

Creative Recovery Residency Positions Announced

Five talented creatives, Caitlin Royce, Kerry Punton, Mia McAuslan, Bailey Bish and Kathy Holowko have been 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.

Part of the City’s recovery initiatives for the Creative Industries, the Creative Recovery Residency program has been designed to nurture Greater Bendigo’s talent providing time, space, mentorship, financial support and professional development for the creation of new work, to carry out research and produce creative projects in collaboration with the organisations.

There is a growing movement towards businesses supporting artists and creatives through residencies by providing space and funds to develop self-guided creative projects. Creatives can stimulate creative design thinking, promote positive organisational culture and assist business to connect with their communities in unique and innovative ways.  The Creative connects with new audiences and communities and has access to resources for experimentation and development. The community and economy benefit from increased innovation and social inclusion, through the creative process. 



We've developed a new creative residency program in partnership with several local businesses, which gives 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 activities have a wide scope, for example, creatives could develop a series of works that respond to the culture or business setting, capture daily activity, document interviews with staff using a variety of mediums, research into business archives if available, develop creative activity that is inspired by materials available on site, design spaces at workplaces or produce digital projects.

Artists or creatives living or working in the Greater Bendigo region whose practice or business operates across any creative discipline including makers, visual artists, sound/lighting designers, writers, multiform artists, performers, musicians, designers, film makers, digital creators/storytellers, architects, programmers and gamers are encouraged to apply for the residency program.

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.



Bailey Bish and Bendigo Bank

Mia McAuslan and Emporium Creative Hub

Caitlin Royce and Coliban Water

Kerry Punton and Bendigo Pottery

Kathy Holowko and Discovery Science & Technology Centre, Bendigo

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