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Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens

Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens

Artists at Heritage Hill

Heritage Hill offers artists an opportunity to partake in their residency program, providing free studio space to create, develop or continue a body of work.

The program contributes to the rich cultural diversity within the City of Greater Dandenong by connecting with the local community through art.

The selected artists use free studio space onsite to create, develop or continue a body of work. 

Heritage Hill 2017 Artist-in-Residence Program

Heritage Hill is currently seeking applications for their 2017 Artist-in-Residence program.

The Heritage Hill Artist-in-Residence (AinR) program supports local, emerging, mid-career or established artists. The program provides the opportunity for artists to develop their artistic practice in an engaged and supportive cultural facility with local historical significance. We invite artists working in all mediums to apply, including visual artists, sculptors, painters, illustrators, writers, musicians or other performance artists, sound and or multimedia artists, video, installation or performance artists, craft or textile artists.

The AinR program aims to contribute to the rich cultural diversity within the City of Greater Dandenong by connecting with the local community through art and promoting the profile of Heritage Hill as a leading arts and culture facility.

Heritage Hill is offering selected artists free studio space onsite for a negotiable period (usually 3 months) to create, develop or continue a body of work. 

The three studio spaces on offer are upstairs at Laurel Lodge: in Bedroom One, the Nursery (attached to Bedroom One), and Bedroom Two.

To submit a proposal to exhibit, please download and complete the Heritage Hill Artist in Residence application pack (Word - 339KB) and submit with all supporting document by Friday 14 October 2016.

Current and future artists in residence 

Debbie Symons
November 2016 to January 2017 

Debbie Symons’ works link statistical databases on endangered species to elucidate environmental crime, questioning the involvement of capitalistic venture in the critical, global environmental issues now emerging. Conceptually Symons’ works aim to sensitise a desensitised society. She recaptures ‘peer-reviewed’ data and forces it back into the public sphere, creating an analysis of real time environmental predicaments. Symons collaborates with scientific organisations, such as the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species to facilitate the statistical data pertaining to her works.

Symons’ works have been shown internationally through the International Urban Screen Association and nationally; Urban Screen Federation Square, Melbourne, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, RMIT Gallery, Project Space RMIT, Albury Digital Outdoor Gallery, Craft Victoria, Trocadero Art Space, Shifted Gallery, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Monash University Faculty Gallery and The Substation. Symons’ was awarded the [MARS] gallery prize in the 2014 inaugural Linden Art Prize.
In 2009 she received Australia Council for the Arts New Work grant and has recently completed her PhD titled, Anthropocentrism, Endangered Species and the Environmental Dilemma at Monash University with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship.


Brendan Nicholl
February to April 2016

Brendan Nicholl is a local artist and is a painter, community activist, and men’s shed participant. Brendan’s professional craft and training was in traditional sign-writing. Brendan held a solo exhibition in his new body of work 'Round the Corner and on the Hill' at Heritage Hill Museum and Historical Gardens in June 2016.

“I paint what is around me mostly in oils, starting with a sketch en plein air. I seek out ordinary scenes that may surprise the viewer and remind them that where they live is interesting and beautiful. Painting this urban view is for me a way of feeling at home here, appreciating not only the shapes and colours that fill our suburbs but the sense of history within the scene. My subject is fringe and remnant territory, I know I am recording some scenes before they disappear.“


Past artists in residence