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Artist in the park

Welcome to the Territory Wildlife Park - Artists in the Park Program

If you are interested in creating work in the Territory Wildlife Park, we are inviting you to explore the possibilities and come and work in the Park to make it happen! The program is designed to enhance community engagement with the Territory Wildlife Park by bringing together artists who work in a range of art practices to develop new work dedicated to the experience and expression of the Territory Wildlife Park.

Proposals from individuals, groups and collaborations between artists will be accepted. Indigenous artists, young and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

The Goals of Artists in the Park are to:

  • Support the creation of new work that is inspired by or linked to the animals, plants and habitats represented at the TWP.
  • Create environmental awareness to users of the park and a greater understanding of the relationships between plants, animals and the landscapes and processes that shape and affect them through art, design and creative expression.

What Are The Selection Criteria?

Applications that best demonstrate:

  • A commitment to long term achievement in artistic development such as ongoing artistic practice and study.
  • Artistic merit and innovation.
  • Projects that consider the site/location/context.
  • Sound project management skills, with evidence of thorough planning, adequate resources and support for previous projects.
  • Ability to provide your own equipment if needed.


The Artist in Residence is open to:

  • Visual Artists and Crafts persons from a range of creative practices (see below platforms).
  • Artists over the age of 18.
  • Artists of any nationality
  • Emerging and Indigenous Artists are encouraged to apply.

The Territory Wildlife Park

  1. Will provide access to staff and exhibits within agreed parameters.
  2. Will provide secure, safe and supportive working environment/s.
  3. Will provide the Artists involved in the program with opportunities to participate in activities and events such as the Dry Season and Christmas Fairs at Territory Wildlife Park and the Threatened Species Art Exhibition.
  4. Will provide assistance to the artists who wish to run workshops or art classes at TWP as part of the program (in the form of promotion and administrative support through our usual marketing and media channels).
  5. Will provide a Territorian Pass to allow free entry to the Park for 12 months from issue.

The Artist

  1. Will commit to developing new work that responds directly to the environments in the Territory Wildlife Park.
  2. Will commit to being at the Territory Wildlife Park for a minimum of 1 day or a total of 8 hours per week for the 12 month Residency period. Alternative arrangements can be negotiated for interstate artists.
  3. Will agree to participate in media opportunities for newspaper, radio and television
  4. Will agree to promotions through the TWP and Arts NT channels
  5. Will allow images of work produced through the program to be used in promotional material to promote the program and events or activities associated with the program.

Arts NT

  1. Will promote the Artists in the Park program and the artists involved.
  2. Provide support to artists by assisting artists who wish to apply for funding from the Arts NT Grant Program.

    The artist must meet the essential selection criteria and provide the necessary support material.

This program is open to all art forms such as sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, textiles and fibre, jewellery-making, photography, film, dance, theatre, sound (musicians and sound artists), new media, text (poets and writers), land art and ephemeral/installation art.

What You Should Submit?

Submissions can be emailed, mailed, delivered or faxed to:

Jasmine Jan
General Manager Visitor Services
Territory Wildlife Park
PO Box 445
Berry Springs NT 0838

Phone: (08) 8988 7228
Fax: (08) 8988 7201

  • A completed application
  • Your current CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • 5 to 10 examples of your work (this can be a weblink or images on disk or via email to

How Are Applications Assessed?

Please use this application to tell us what you would like to do. If your application is successful, the Territory Wildlife Park will be as supportive and responsive as possible to making your residency successful. Please note there is no salary or payment associated with this program. This program does not provide on-site accommodation however Artists will be permitted to camp overnight for short periods of time if required.

Applications will be assessed by a panel drawn from the Territory Wildlife Park. The panel will assess applications against the selection criteria. A second round may take place if placements are unable to be filled.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Submission closing date – 30 November of each year
  • Applicants notified – mid-December of each year
  • Orientation Day for the Program –  TBA January the following year
  • Program ends – 31 December of that year

Contact Details
I am applying as an:
Are you registered for GST?
Activity Description
Outline what you would like to do and how you will use the Park to do this?
Give an outline of why this program will benefit you and what you will bring to the Territory Wildlife Park.
How will you use the 10 months? What resources/equipment will you use at the Park? Describe the kind of activities you might do as part of the Public program, including but not limited to, answering questions from the public, running workshops, artist talks,
Have you identified where or how you might get this assistance?
Supporting attachments

Terms and Conditions

  • Bring along your camping gear and set up camp for the night;
  • No camping trailers or roof top camping tents or caravans, standard camping tents only;
  • Toilet and shower facilities;
  • Camp set up only available from 3pm;
  • Pack up must be done by 9am

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