photo access is proud to support emerging and established artists to pursue new and innovative practices in Photomedia. Each year a number of artists are selected for residencies, providing artists with full access to our facilities along with mentorship, and support from our extended community.

The Dark Matter residency aims to provide a supported opportunity for artists whose practice incorporates darkroom-based or other alternative processes. The residency aims particularly to foster the creation of innovative image-based works that involve artistic experimentation, critically engage with contemporary darkroom-based practice as well as exploring social, political, environmental and aesthetic questions of contemporary relevance. Over a 10 month period, residents work on a body of work to feature in the annual exhibition program. Submissions open in August each year. Sign up to the newsletter for reminders.

Presented in collaboration with the Australian National University’s School of Art and Design, photo access’ Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) program mentors recently graduated photo-media artists to transition from study to professional practice. One recipient is selected each year from the ANUSOAD Grad Show.

Each year photo access awards a residency to a graduate from the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Photography and Photo Imaging course to foster their creative and artistic development.

Current residencies

Black and white collaged photographs depicting crashing waves with circle cut outs and layering

Dark Matter 2024

Artists experimenting in darkroom-based and alternative processes