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Tuesday August 11, 2020 | by Arina Novak

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Australian and New Zealand artists vie for the JamFactory's fourth biennial FUSE Glass artist residency

JamFactory has issued a call for applications for the fourth biennial FUSE Glass artist residencies, one of the most prestigious Australian glass art residences, which is awarded to Australian and New Zealand professional, mid-career artists working in glass. The residency will last up to four weeks at JamFactory in Adelaide between March and August 2021, and the deadline for applications is September 11. The successful recipient will be provided with accommodations and an allowance of $2,000 to assist with living expenses. In addition, the travel costs, such as return flights and transfers as well as car travel to and from Adelaide, will be covered by JamFactory, which will also contribute to the return freight for work produced up to a total cost of $1,000. 

The recipient will have access to a dedicated workspace in the non-public part of the glass studio equipped with a bench, stool, and storage space, and access to the cold shop, lamp-working, and kiln facilities. During the residency, the recipient will have a chance to collaborate with a team of skilled assistants who will assist the artist for 12 four-hour glassblowing sessions.   

The successful resident will present a slide talk to the JamFactory community and meet with the FUSE donors and participate in a series of social gatherings.

The residency will culminate in a solo exhibition in the new purpose-built galleries at the South Australian heritage site Carrick Hill. The show will open at the end of 2021 and will feature works completed during the residency as well as other existing projects. The exhibition will accompanied by a print and online catalog, an opening event, and public programs.   

Applicants should email their application materials to fuse.residency@jamfactory.com.au by September 11, 2020. The application must include a 200-word statement about the nature of the candidate’s work, a 300-word proposal highlighting goals for the residency, a maximum 2-page up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, and a PDF or PowerPoint document with up to ten images of an artist's work. Glass artists with at least eight years of experience in the field and who are permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand are eligible to apply. The proposals will be evaluated by the jury panel featuring South Australian glassmaker Nick Mount, the Head of JamFactory’s Glass Studio Kristel Britcher, and the Director of Carrick Hill Tony Kanellos.  

To learn more about the program and application process, visit the FUSE Glass Prize website.

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