Applications for 2014 Residencies open now!
The School of Arts invites applications from writers and illustrators and storytellers working in the areas of Children’s and Young Adult Literature for its 2014 program of residencies. 

Funded from 2012-2014 by a grant from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, in association with Arts New England and the School of Arts at the University of New England, the program has supported a dynamic series of residencies for established and emerging creators over the past two years.  This is the third year of the program and we look forward to setting up an exciting program.

Each two-week residency provides writers and illustrators with the time and space to work on a continuing or new project, while also leading workshops and giving presentations to the Armidale community. 
Successful applicants will receive $5,000 and the program will subsidise accommodation and transportation costs.  Studio or office space will be supplied as required. 
Past Writers and Illustrators in Residence have carried out the following projects. 
Clare McFadden (2012), writer and illustrator of The Flying Orchestra, began work on her new picture book. 
Kevin Burgemeestre (2012), writer and illustrator of B is for Bravo, completed illustrations for his first young adult novel, Kate.
Tristan Bancks (2012), author of the Nit Boy and Mac Slater novels among others, worked on a first draft of Two Wolves, a crime-mystery novel for young readers. 
James Roy (2013), author of Town, City, and Miss Understood, among many others, worked on a draft of a new novel about Sudanese refugee immigration to Australia. 
Trent Denham (2013), digital animator and illustrator on projects ranging from classical antiquity to imagining the deeps of the ocean for James Cameron, completed the illustration for his new digital picturebook app, Jerome’s Gift.
Deborah Abela (2013), author of the Max Remy Superspy series and many other novels, conducted primary research on her new novel about a young Maltese girl who moves to Australia after World War II. 

Residencies will be held at the following times (exact dates to be negotiated): 

Mid- May 2014
Mid-Late August 2014

Workshops will be geared to target the New England region, with a focus on the following demographics:
·       Primary or Secondary School students (organised by the New England Regional Art Museum)
·       Local University and TAFE students and staff.
·       The New England community.

For this year’s program, we encourage applications from writers and illustrators working in the following fields:
·       Indigenous writers/illustrators/storytellers
·       Graphic Novels
·       Digital/Interactive Media
·       Children's Picture Books

Criteria for applicants include the following:
·       A clearly articulated plan for the residency, which should address the style of workshops to be offered, and the creative project to be undertaken during the residency. 
·       Experience running workshops for the relevant demographics is desirable.
·       A publishing profile in the relevant fields of children’s or young adult literature, picture books, graphic novels, comic books, multimedia and digital illustration. 
·       Evidence of NSW child protection certification, or a commitment to obtain such certification before commencing the residency.
·       Two letters of reference from professionals in relevant fields, such as literature, publishing, education, or community events. Letters should attest to the applicant’s ability to run public workshops and other events.  (Please note: a letter from an applicant’s agent is not considered sufficient.)
The application form is available here: 

Applications should be sent to by 1 March, 2014

For further information please contact Dr Elizabeth Hale at: