Powerhouse In Paris First Nations Arts Residency

Rebecca Varidel
11th Jan 2024


Powerhouse Parramatta and the Cité internationale des arts, Paris, are today announcing that applications are now welcome for the second year of a new First Nations residency program that supports Australian creative practitioners.

The 2024 galang residency is a three-month residency program that enables two First Nations creative practitioners who are based in Australia to undertake their work in Paris. The galang residency program will provide opportunities for the research and development of new work with applications open to First Nations creative practitioners across a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, visual arts, weaving, performance, poetry, dance and music.

It is the second year of the program, with the inaugural galang residencies offered to Bundjalung, Kullilli and South Sea Islander journalist Daniel Browning and Baramadagal weaver Jayne Christian.

"The opportunity to be part of the galang residency has been a trajectory-changer by opening up connections and possibilities for the places and ways we can tell our stories," said 2023 galang residency recipient Jayne Christian.

Two, three-month fully supported residencies for Australia-based First Nations creative practitioners will be offered for 3 May–29 July 2024 and 3 July–27 September 2024. Successful applicants will be announced in March 2024.

"Jayne Christian and Daniel Browning's first residencies held last year at the Cité internationale des arts highlighted how important it is, now more than ever, to enable artists from all over the world and from all backgrounds to meet, exchange ideas and work together. Indeed, the galang residency program is a unique platform for First Nations artists based in Australia to create a fruitful dialogue with creators from the French and international artistic and professional scenes. This is at the core of the Cité's mission, which offers the laureates of these programs, regardless of their disciplines, the opportunity to meet other artists they would not be able to meet elsewhere and to open their references and practices to other horizons and new audiences," said Head of the Residency Department, Cité internationale des arts, Vincent Gonzalvez.

"Powerhouse is proud of our collaboration with the Cité internationale des arts, which continues to support First Nations creatives by providing platforms to research and develop new work within an international context. We are looking forward to seeing the residency outcomes in 2024," said Powerhouse Chief Executive, Lisa Havilah.

Applications are open until 5pm, 11 February 2024. For information on application requirements and how to submit, visit》 powerhouse.com.au/first-nations/

Powerhouse sits at the intersection of arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in engaging communities with contemporary ideas and issues. We are undertaking a landmark $1.4 billion infrastructure renewal program, spearheaded by the creation of the flagship museum, Powerhouse Parramatta; expanded research and public facilities at Powerhouse Castle Hill; the revitalisation of the iconic Powerhouse in Ultimo; and the ongoing operation of Sydney Observatory. The museum is custodian to over half a million objects of national and international significance and is considered one of the finest and most diverse collections in Australia. They are also undertaking an expansive digitisation project that will provide new levels of access to Powerhouse collections.