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Applications are now open for the 2019 residency

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

    Applications should be sent as a single PDF file by email to rarebook.library@sydney.edu.au by Sunday 3rd March, 2019 at 11.59pm, and must comprise:

    • A cover letter indicating your history as a printer or book artist, the current themes of your work, and the projected dates of the residency between August 5th - November 20th, 2019.
    • A curriculum vitae indicating contact details, work completed and exhibited, any teaching and/or lecturing experience, and expertise in the use of printing equipment relevant to the Piscator Press workshop
    • A statement (up to 800 words) of the proposed publication/creative workto be undertaken at the press, and how this will be accomplished.
    • A portfolio of work, in the form of digital images sent by email or file transfer, or reference to a website, or other format by agreement with the Library. NO samples of work should be posted to the Library. Original work received will not be returned.

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

    Celia Brown, Academic Liaison Librarian, Sydney College of the Arts (Mon, Wed + Thurs)
    celia.brown@sydney.edu.au
    02 9351 1037

    Fiona Berry, Rare Books & Special Collections
    fiona.berry@sydney.edu.au
    02 8627 2003

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

Technical abilities and available equipment
  • Candidates must have proven knowledge and practical skills of using an Albion press (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 any technical support in using the available equipment.

    Download Piscator Press workshop and equipment inventory

What the residency provides
  • The residency provides:

    • A gross payment of $5,000 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, 2019 period (August 5th- November 30th 2019).
    • 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.
    • A copy of the publication/ creative work will form part of 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 $5000 residency payment is to cover all costs associated with the residency period including any additional materials (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 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 lecture and exhibition of work (including work in progress) at the culmination of the residency
    • 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.
    • Candidates must have proven knowledge and practical skills of using an Albion press (or similar) and will be expected to use the equipment and type available in the Press as well as any materials they may supply. The library cannot offer any support in using the available equipment.
    • 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.

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