APPLICATIONS OPEN | Due midnight Sunday 20 October 2019

BLINDSIDE is inviting applications to the 2019 — 2020 SUMMER STUDIO Residency Program from artists graduating from a Bachelor or Honours program in 2019 and who wish to maintain momentum and continue their research or practice based projects over summer.

Since 2011, BLINDSIDE’s Summer Studio Residency Program has transformed the gallery space into a studio residency, culminating in a studio exhibition. Supporting the practice of two artists in gallery spaces 1 and 2, the Summer Studio Residency Program provides a unique platform for the examination of practice and work within a combined studio and exhibition context.

BLINDSIDE welcomes applications from people who wish to work independently, collectively or collaboratively and encourages applications that seek to approach the gallery space as a testing site for ideas and working space. The residency will conclude with a short 3 day studio exhibition to kick off our 2020 program. This showing should be approached as a presentation of residency findings or works in progress rather than as a fully resolved exhibition.

The successful applicants will receive:

  • Access to BLINDSIDE as a closed workspace from Wednesday 26 December 2019 – Saturday 18 January 2020.

  • A studio exhibition or presentation of residency outcome on Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 January 2020, with a public opening event on Thursday 16 January 2020.

Gallery Floorplans

BLINDSIDE is located on the seventh floor of the Nicholas Building, on the corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street in Melbourne’s Central Business District.

Gallery One is 40 square metres with a ceiling height of 3.4 metres. The north-facing wall is MDF. The other walls and floors are concrete.

Gallery Two is 25 square metres with a ceiling height of 3.4 metres. The west and south-facing walls of the gallery are MDF and the remaining walls are concrete.

Have a look at our GALLERY FLOOR PLANS for detailed measurements, as well as a 3D MODEL.

Name *
Address *
Please include area code.
Please provide a brief description of your project. Max 50 words.
This is a written account of the conceptual premise of your proposed project — the thoughts, themes, ideas and cultural relevance of the project and why it should be developed over Summer at BLINDSIDE. (Max 250 words)
Please describe what you hope to achieve through the BLINDSIDE Summer Studio. (Max 250 words)
Please provide a link to your CV. See below for a number of free and easy content hosting services.
Optional Data
BLINDSIDE is funded by government arts funding sources and is often requested for information regarding our demographic of exhibitors. Please tick any box that you feel describes you. Please feel free to tick more than one box. Please note that this section will not affect your application in any way.
I am aged:
I live in:
Terms of Submission *
By clicking submit I agree for BLINDSIDE to use submitted text and support material to promote my project should my proposal be successful.

Support Material Guide

BLINDSIDE only accepts support material as an online weblink. 

Please do not upload zipped files. Please ensure all files uploaded including  are saved with your name in the file name, for example:

Lastname_Firstname_2017-Proposal.pdf / Lastname_Firstname-CV.docx 

BLINDSIDE would prefer your support material to be uploaded via Google Drive.

Please note that Google Drive is our preferred online hosting platform. There are also a number of other free and easy to use third party hosting sites, most of which allow you to password protect material.


Applications will be assessed by the BLINDSIDE Artistic Directors following the proposal period. We will notify all applicant of outcomes. Please note due to the high volume of applications, BLINDSIDE is unable to provide feedback.