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Please contact our Arts team directly to discuss your proposal


If you are an artist based in the West and looking for a creative space in a supportive arts environment, the Deer Park Art Spaces may be for you. The Low-cost Art Studio Opportunity seeks applications from practitioners working within any of the arts disciplines (visual, literary, performing, media).

The studio is located on the first floor in the Hunt Club Community & Arts Centre, one of the few significant nineteenth century buildings in the City of Brimbank. The studio features period detail and good natural light, access to water, a shared kitchen and toilet facilities.

Joint applications from individuals or a group of artists willing to share the space are welcome.

Key dates

Applications close on Monday 9 March at 5pm

Studio location

Hunt Club Community & Arts Centre (HCCAC)
775 Ballarat Road, Deer Park Vic 3023


For further information or to discuss the application process, please contact:

Lisa Horsburgh
Art Spaces Officer

Michael Shiell
Visual and Public Art Officer

T: 9249 4600

Arts and Cultural Development Unit

Sunshine Art Spaces is administered by Brimbank City Council’s Arts & Cultural Development Unit. We provide a range of opportunities for residents of Brimbank (and others) to participate in and access the arts through exhibitions, workshops, studio space, arts projects, artist talks and special events. We also manage the Bowery in St Albans, which is Council’s primary arts venue.

We work within the Community Cultural Development (CCD) model, engaging creatively with the community through cultural practice. Brimbank is one of the most culturally diverse municipalities in Victoria, with 45% of residents born overseas. We use the CCD model to engage with new and existing communities as well as Council-identified priority groups.

Arts and Culture Vision / Mission Statement

The Arts and Culture team aims to cultivate a vibrant and creative Brimbank, making arts and culture a vital part of the lives of the citizens of Brimbank. This is achieved by supporting and valuing artists and engaging the community in arts and cultural activities.

The Studios

We aim to cultivate a vibrant and creative Brimbank, making arts and culture a vital part of the lives of the citizens of Brimbank. This is achieved by supporting and valuing artists and engaging the community in arts and cultural activities.

The Studios

Five low-cost artist studios are located at the HCCAC. These are available to emerging or established artists for a period of one to two years at a cost of $30.50 per studio per week including electricity and Wi-Fi.

All spaces have natural and fluorescent light and access to running water. Studios are secure, have afterhours access, timber or vinyl floors and storage.

The studios have the following dimensions:

Studio 1: 2.80 x 4.90m – occupied

Studio 2: 4.10 x 3.73m – occupied

Studio 3: 3.45 x 3.75m – open for application

Studio 4: 3.65 x 3.75m – occupied

Studio 5: 3.65 x 3.75m – occupied

The Artist Studio Residency Programs

Resident artists are required to enter into an agreement with Council via the Deer Park Art Spaces program. The program is intended to enable artists to extend and/or develop their own arts practice and enrich the arts and cultural life of Brimbank, the HCCAC and Deer Park Art Spaces during the course of their residency.

The studio program provides networking opportunities and advice in relation to CCD as well as opportunities to engage in exhibition, education and workshop programmes. Council has a strict Occupational Health and Safety Policy with which resident artists are expected to comply.

Please note:
Artists must have and maintain Public Liability Insurance if they are successful with their application.


We are interested in receiving expressions of interest for the Artist Studio Residency Program from artists working across all art forms including visual, literary, performing and new media arts. Emerging artists (within their first five years of practice) and artists from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

⦿ Artists must be 18 years of age or older.
⦿ Artists must have or be willing to obtain Public Liability Insurance.
⦿ Artists may apply in tandem with others as a shared studio space.

Selection Criteria


Arts Practice

A demonstrable commitment to arts practice. This could include formal studies or exhibition/publication history.

The potential and creative talent of the applicant.

(Please note that the HCCAC strongly supports emerging artists. Therefore, limited exhibition/production/published history will not detract from your overall application assessment.)

Description of Activities

Artistic merit and innovation

Development of activities which engage the community in arts activities, preferably with a CCD framework.

The potential to engage people in creative activities.



Excellent interpersonal skills

Team player

Energy and enthusiasm

Artists from within Brimbank and the Western Region are strongly encouraged to apply

The commitment of the applicant to make use of the studio opportunity

Activities that engage one or more priority groups, for example, the indigenous community, people who are socially disadvantaged, people with a disability, aligned with the vision in Council’s Social Justice Charter, will be highly regarded.

Selection Process

Applications will be assessed by a panel comprised of Council representatives including Brimbank City Council’s Arts and Cultural Development Unit. Applications will be shortlisted according to the Selection Criteria. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to meet with the selection panel. All applicants will be notified of the outcome in writing.

Required Information

  1. Completed application form
  2. Artist CV
  3. Support Material

Support Material

Applicants should include the following material in support of their application:

Visual Artist
No more than 12 images presented as slides, photographs, on disk in jpg form, or as hard copy exhibition flyer/catalogue. New media artists may choose to identify an appropriate website that displays their work.

A recording on CD, DVD, USB or website. If the device has multiple tracks please nominate the tracks to which the Selection Panel should listen.

Two copies of up to two manuscripts. Total maximum 30 pages each.

Performer/ Choreographer/ Theater maker
A DVD or video tape with footage of 15 minutes or less OR 10 images presented as slides, photographs, on disk or flyer/catalogue and the option of up to 3 pages of written material.

Please note: All audio-visual materials should be self-playable and recorded in a format that is universal. You should not rely on the Committee to have particular software required to view your support material. Applications that do not have the required support material will not be accepted.

Privacy Statement: The personal information requested on this form is being collected by Council for reference and identification purposes. To ensure confidentiality of information requested, we will only use personal information provided by you for the purposes of offering Council services and programs. The information may also be disclosed to third party providers acting on behalf or as agents of Council or in instances where Council is required by law to release or make the information available. Applicants understand and consent to the information being used for the above purposes and he or she may apply to Council for access to and/or amendment of the information. Requests for access and/or correction should be made to Council’s Privacy Officer.

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