By Belle Hann

    In many cases, 2020 has been a mighty difficult year for creative folks. Yet, there is finally some good news on the horizon. Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) has announced a new artist residency program.

    Titled RESIDENCE, this program offers creative spaces for artists and small/medium collectives, located in a newly renovated heritage building in their arts precinct.

    In the first program year, the residency spaces will be available at no cost. This decision was made in response to the significant impact of COVID on the local arts community.

    “COVID19 has hit independent artists hard,” according to Daniel Santangeli, FCAC Artistic Director and Co-CEO. “At FCAC we want to see artists continue to create work in the western suburbs, and RESIDENCE will make this possible.”

    Residencies will take place in Henderson House, a freshly refurbished bluestone building with a rich history and river views. The new spaces available include galleries, theatres, as well as artist studios. The four month residencies are open to artists from all disciplines and from various stages in their career. FCAC particularly encourages artists from indigenous, migrant and refugee, disability and LGBTQIA+ communities.

    Expressions of Interest open on Monday 2 November and can be submitted via online form, or in audio or visual formats:

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