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Library spaces have reopened. For more details see Library COVID-19 updates.

Applications for the 2020 residency are now open

How to apply
  • Applications are invited from letterpress printers, and artists in printing or book arts who have created a significant body of work and who are demonstrably able to make full use of the Piscator Press workshop.

    Please complete the online application form by Sunday 1st March 2020 11.59pm.

    Questions include:

    • Personal details
    • CV upload (max 2 page PDF file only. Max file size 5MB)
    • Which are your preferred residency dates? (8 weeks between 3/08- 28/11/2020)
    • What is your print making experience? (max 200 words)
    • Have you used a moveable-type press before? If not, how do you propose to be independent on the Piscator Press? (the library cannot offer technical support) (max 200 words)
    • Description of your proposed project (max 500 words)
    • How would your project engage with the library and its users? (max 200 words)
    • Relevant images upload (Max 10 images/works in a PDF file. Max file 16MB)
    • How did you hear about the University of Sydney Library Printer in Residence?
    • I have read the Terms of the residency and understand that if I am successful in my application that I must supply the University of Sydney Library with a copy of the publication or work produced during the residency

    Download full terms and conditions


    For further information about the residency or to discuss your application please contact:

    Celia Brown, Academic Liaison Librarian, Sydney College of the Arts (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays)
    celia.brown@sydney.edu.au
    02 8627 9815

    Julie Sommerfeldt, Manager Rare Books and Special Collections
    julie.sommerfeldt@sydney.edu.au
    02 8627 5063

Technical abilities and available equipment
    • Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of and be skilled in using an Albion letterpress (or similar) and will be expected to use the equipment and type available in the Press (see Inventory for indicative images of the space and equipment) as well as any materials they may supply. The library cannot offer technical support in using the available equipment.
    • We are working towards an environmentally friendly print workshop so only soy or water based inks and non-toxic cleaning agents are to be used.

    Download Piscator Press workshop and equipment inventory


What the residency provides
  • The residency provides:

    • A gross payment of $7,000 to be paid in fortnightly instalments in respect of the eight-week residency period.
    • Access to the Rare Books & Special Collections of the University Library as a community user and research support from relevant library staff.
    • Use of the Piscator Press workshop.
    • Standard qualities and quantities of ink and paper (with the generous support of Art Scene).
Terms of the residency
    • The residency must be arranged for 8 weeks within the University of Sydney Semester 2, 2020 period (3 August 2020 to 28 November 2020).
    • For the avoidance of doubt, the resident is an employee of the University and all intellectual property rights in and to the publication/ creative work and any other materials created by the resident pursuant to the residency (“Residency Materials”) will be owned by the University. The University grants the resident a royalty-free licence to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public, the Residency Materials for any purpose in perpetuity.
    • The residency is acquisitive, so a copy of the publication/creative work will be supplied to Rare Books & Special Collections.
    • An offer from the University to take up the residency is dependent on agreement on the dates of a residency of 8 weeks.
    • The $7,000 residency payment is to cover all costs associated with the residency period including any additional materials required to complete the work (aside from provided standard ink and paper stock), and payment to any collaborators.
    • The University cannot provide any travel or accommodation support for the artist. Any travel or accommodation requirements are to be arranged by the artist at their own expense.
    • The Printer in Residence will be asked to participate in a variety of outreach and engagement activities. The proposed program will be arranged in agreement with the library and should include:
      • Two Open Studios, proposed in week 3 and week 6 of the residency
      • A public talk and exhibition of work (including work in progress) at the culmination of the residency
      • A workshop with Sydney College of the Arts print media students
    • Any external collaborators or visitors to the workshop must be arranged in agreement with the library.
    • While in residency, the Printer in Residence will be responsible for keeping facilities and equipment in the Press workshop clean and tidy and adhere to University Work Health and Safety guidelines.

    Important note:

    Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position - applicants must be an Australian Citizen or have Permanent Residency or have existing work rights relevant to the term of the position. Sponsorship is position specific and is not transferrable between roles.