Calling All Creative Communities in Baw Baw

Published on 08 December 2017

Community groups are encouraged to nominate a town in Baw Baw Shire to host an ‘Artist in Residence’ for the annual ‘Come and Play’ arts festival in May 2018.

The month-long celebration of local arts, facilitated by Creative Gippsland, is presenting a unique opportunity for one town from each of the six Gippsland regions to host an artist throughout the festival.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci is encouraging community groups and clubs across Baw Baw to nominate their town and shine a spotlight on our creative communities.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to show your community to the world by supporting an exciting cultural event and exchange. We are looking for towns that are vibrant, engaged communities who want to support and promote creative arts activity”, said the Mayor.

“Having an artist in your community throughout the festival is a great way to kick start a new project, enliven an area, engage the community and have some fun!

“We are seeking expressions of interest from towns now so that early in the new year we can advertise for artists knowing the locations we have to offer and knowing the wants of those communities.

“In 2017 we saw huge success when the Walhalla Board of Management hosted visual artist Anne Riggs as their ‘Artist in Residence’. Anne shared her passion for sketch art and photography with locals and visitors throughout the festival attracting large crowds to the area.

“We know more than one community will be interested, so to help us select the right community let us know why yours would be a great choice to host one of the artists and activities.”

To find out more information or to make a nomination, download the Artist In Residence Hosting Program Application Form (Print Version).

Applications are welcome from any town/district but must come via a community not-for-profit group and ensure the concept of an ‘Artist in Residence’ has community support.

Only one application from a town/community can be accepted.

Applications close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

All enquiries can be directed to Council’s Cultural Development Team on 5624 2407 or by email at