Emerging First Nations Residency Call-Out

photo access is excited to announce the launch of the Emerging First Nations Artist Residency. This program provides an emerging First Nations artist with the opportunity to create and develop new photo-media works with the mentorship of photo access staff. The selected artist will have full access to the organisation’s facilities and will be given an exhibition in July 2025.

About Us

photo access is the Canberra region’s centre for contemporary photography, film, video and media arts. Located at the Manuka Arts Centre, we are a not-for–profit, member-based organisation fostering the creation, sharing and appreciation of photographic culture and photo-media practice.

Each year, photo access presents a dynamic program of exhibitions featuring local, national and international emerging and established photographers and photo-artists, together with accessible public talks, events, performances and artist residencies that foster critical debate about, understanding of and engagement with image practice. We are home to the only publicly accessible darkroom in the ACT region and support a vibrant community of makers working in contemporary darkroom and alternative photo-media processes.




Residency Details

Duration: The residency will run for two to six months, with specific periods negotiated between the artist and photo access.

The Resident will have comprehensive access to the photo access darkroom (including chemicals) and maker space (including scanners, desktop computers, and camera equipment) and will receive extensive technical and conceptual mentoring from our experienced staff and faculty, ensuring you feel fully supported throughout your artistic journey.

Promotion: photo access will produce media and online content to highlight the artists and their work throughout the residency.

Exhibition Opportunity: The artist will showcase their projects in an exhibition at the photo access Gallery in July 2025. The exhibition will be supported with promotional materials, gallery staffing, security, and a catered opening.

Accommodation, living allowances and travel expenses are NOT included in the residency.

Key Dates

Applications close: 11pm Friday 26 July 2024. AEST. All applications MUST be submitted online using the application form below. Late applications will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of August 2024.

Emerging First Nations Residency

Submission applications

Artist Details


Project Details & File Upload

Please provide your project proposal for 2024 Emerging First Nations Residency. Please include what facilities (darkroom etc) that your project will require or utilise. (maximum 300 words).
Max. file size: 64 MB.
Your artist CV (no more than one page).
Drop files here or
Max. file size: 64 MB, Max. files: 6.
    Provide 6 images of your current work. Images MUST be high resolution JPGs, max 2MB each. Please name your files in the following format example: 1_smith_centreoftown_silvergelatin_2021

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