Cowwarr Art Space Artist in Residency

The Artist-in-Residence Program is an integral part of life at Cowwarr Art Space. The owners and co-directors Carolyn Crossley and sculptor Clive Murray-White live in a portion of the Art Space and warmly welcome the broadest range of arts practice, related disciplines and nationalities to the Space.

As members of Resartis, the Cowwarr Art Space follows the principle of offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people the essential time and place away from the pressures and habits of everyday life framed within a unique geographic and cultural context. The program encompass regional based, urban, national and international artists.

The Faculty of VCA & MCM Melbourne University. We are very excited with our new alliance with The Melbourne University.  After discussion with Brian Long, Project Manager, Professional Partnerships, The Cowwarr Art Space Residency Retreat has come into being with the support of the Regional Training and Engagement Fund  (RTEF).  It provides selected students and graduates from the Faculty of The VCA  the opportunity to participate in our residency program. This has add great depth to our program and is of great value to all our other residents.
Aberdeen City Council associated with the Diamond Jubilee Commonwealth Travel Bursary to assist young and emerging artists to participate in residencies in Commonwealth Country’s.  We are very pleased to be a Delivery Partner in this program and look forward to the chance to offer a unique experience for a young artist.

Cowwarr Art Space is a unique regional contemporary arts venue, that has been operating since 1993 in a restored heritage industrial Butter Factory C.1918 situated on the outskirts of Cowwarr, a small rural community in Victoria, Australia. Cowwarr has a small general store, Catholic Church, primary school and pub.  The Art Space provides the perfect creative haven for artists wanting to get away from it all and make new work in a self-directed residency, focused individual project or in collaboration. The country location between Traralgon and Maffra in the rich farming country with a backdrop of the Victorian Alps lends itself to a calm reflective experience.

Accommodation is available for artists for either long term or short term residencies, depending on availability. The options are four work/live studio apartments; the Garden Studio, Balcony Studio, Butter Room and the Janina Suite. The studio flats live/work spaces are self contained and fully furnished with cooking facilities, bedding and towels.  Free WI-FI and TV’s available in all studios. Laundry and some bathroom facilities are shared. All visiting artists need to provide food, transport and art materials for themselves and are expected to leave the studios clean and tidy.

Public transport train travel between Melbourne and Traralgon every hour most days.  (Limited bus connections to Cowwarr use Traralgon as the destination for more travel options)  We can meet train connections in the Art Space van when prearranged.  Shopping/provisioning trips can also be arranged.

Gippsland public transport time tables for trains and buses Vline

Gippsland Adventure link to Tourism Information


  • We cannot offer support for artists (visas, travel, accommodation, living or production costs)
  • The exception being Candidates eligible for the above Residency Partnership Programs
  • We can supply letters of support for applications to funding organisations for the residency


  • Weekly accommodation: from $200/week (single and couples)
  • Less than a week: $100/night including breakfast (minimum charge single and couples)


  • Visit our AIR Blog to get a feel for the program
  • Check available dates on the Residency Calendar  if a studio is listed in the calendar it is occupied
  • Check out the Studios 
  • Email for further information


  • Tell us why you want to undertake a residency and what you hope to accomplish
  • Tell us a bit about yourself and your artwork (send images jpg or web links)
  • Please indicate which studio you prefer (allocation depends on availability)
  • Provide us with your preferred dates (allocation depends on availability)
  • Complete contact information, including address, email and phone numbers
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