Artists in the Park
The Artist in the Park program is designed to give artists opportunities to access the Park’s amazing collection of flora, fauna and naturalistic style exhibits. The program also gives artists the chance to interact with and tap into the knowledge and experience of our highly skilled zookeepers and guides. Artists are able to interact with Park visitors and showcase their arts practice or even get staff and visitors involved in their arts practice through workshops or community art projects.
Artists receive 12 months membership with the Park which entitles them to all the same benefits and discounts in the café and gift shop as full members. Artists will also receive a greater level of access to the Park’s collection and staff and for the residency period are able to do any of the Wild Encounters free of charge. This benefit is only for Artists-in-the-Park and does not extend to partners or family members who must pay if they wish to share the experience with the artist.
The program is open to a range of creative practices and platforms e.g. sculpture, painting, printmaking, textiles and fibre, jewellery, photography, dance, theatre, text (writers and poets), sound (musicians and sound artists), new & mixed media.
Emerging and indigenous 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.
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
What You Should Submit?
- A completed application form
- Your current CV (no more than 2 pages)
- 5 to 10 examples of your work
Submissions can be emailed, mailed or delivered to:
Check out what some of the past Artist's in the Park had to say about their residency.
Kylie Frewen - Lord
A naturally beautiful place of inspiration for artists of varied styles. The interaction with guides and keepers,in the park, will challenge, and potentially change the way you engage with your subject. It has allowed me to gain further knowledge on the behaviour and physicality of a range of animals
Visiting the park over the course of my residency has allowed me to view changes in the environment across our northern seasons and interact with the ever changing display of flora and fauna.It has also been quite valuable to see how artists from other disciplines approach a common subject. I wish future artists all the best in their time spent on park. My most sincere gratitude to the staff who have welcomed me to their "office". Your generosity and enthusiasm for your work and the animals in your care is admirable.