Inkmasters Cairns Artist in residence Laura castell


Residencies provide a unique opportunity for artists to step away from their usual environment for a period of intense focus on their practice


InkMasters artist-in-residence program is open to Australian and International artists and printmakers at all stages of their careers. Applications are invited by submitting a proposal in the year prior to the residency, This should include a cv and up to 10 high res photographs of work (at least 1 Mb), by 31 Jan. The residency program aims to support the making of new work that meets the program objectives of excellence and innovation in printmaking and also aims to extend the knowledge of printmaking in the local and regional arts community.

Artists may also fund their own residency at very reasonable rates and can apply by submitting a proposal any time. InkMasters will endeavour to assist with accommodation where possible.

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  • The residency duration for local and national applicants is up to 4 weeks, international applicants may spend up to 6 weeks. Dependent on circumstance time frames may be individually negotiated.
  • Program participants should not be engaged in undergraduate studies in the year of the residency.
  • Generally, the selection panel chooses artists from a pool of applicants who work in differing printmaking media for inclusion within each residency program.
  • The Panel will consider aspects such as the artist’s use of new and traditional techniques across a range of differing printmaking styles, and the need for a balance between emerging, mid and late career artists.
  • Applications will be assessed by the selection panel, comprising distinguished printmakers from the region and where appropriate, appointed specialist advisers. The decision of the panel is final.


  • Selected AiRs will be asked to make themselves available to share their specialised skills and knowledge with the local community through activities such as: skills-development workshop for local artists, public talk or presentation, participation in panel discussion. An additional fee will be negotiated for workshop delivery.
  • Participating artists will contribute a representative body of work produced during the residency to the InkMasters collection.
  • The collection will be used for the purposes of exhibition and research. InkMasters retain the right to reproduce work made by residents for future promotion of our programs but will in all such instances acknowledge the artist as being the maker of the work.
  • Participants have choice of equipment and facilities including etching, lithography and relief printing.



  • Open to artists based outside Australia
  • 6 weeks access to the printmaking studio
  • Accommodation
  • Living stipend - AU$2000
  • Materials stipend - AU$350
  • Travel stipend - up to AU$1000


  • Open to artists based outside North Queensland4 weeks access the printmaking studio
  • Accommodation
  • Living stipend - AU$2000
  • Materials stipend - AU$350
  • Return air fare within Australia - up to $1000


  • Open to artists within North Queensland
  • 4 weeks access to the printmaking studio
  • Living stipend - AU$2000
  • Materials stipend - AU$350

Artists in residence

2018 Gary Shinfield (Sydney)

2017 G.W Bot (Canberra), Anthea Boesenberg (Sydney Printmakers), Barbie Kjar (Hobart), Bronwyn Alice Rees (Firestation Printmakers)

2016 InkFest Roslyn Kean (Director of The Stables Print Workshop Sydney) and Jenny Kitchener (Northern Rivers NSW).

2014 Inkfest Ron McBurnie (Monsoon Press Townsville), Silvi Glattauer (Baldessin Press Melbourne), Raymond Arnold (Landscape Art Research (LARQ) Queenstown, Tasmania), 

2012 Inkfest  G.W. Bot (Canberra), Michael Kempson (Cicada Press Uni NSW, Sydney), Rew Hanks (Sydney).

2011/12 Nicole Wust from Design HyperWerk Institute, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland. Created two short films about printmaking in North Queensland and shown at InkFest 2012 inaugural Print Biennale.

Laura Castell Inkmasters Artist in Residence February 2020