Norma Redpath Studio, Melbourne

The achievements of Norma Redpath (1928-2013) mark her as one of the outstanding Australian sculptors of her generation. Her carved works of the 1950s, exquisite bronzetti of the 1960s and her monumental public works all speak of an engagement with international sculpture. In 1961 she won the Italian Government Scholarship and the Althea Dyason Bequest Grant (awarded by the Art Gallery of NSW), allowing her to study at the prestigious Brera Academy in Milan. During the next two decades, Milan became Redpath’s home away from home, where she mixed with leading Italian sculptors, and became a passionate advocate both for Australian art internationally and for encouring artists to work within an international context.

Through the generous facilitation of her family, Redpath’s former home and studio in Parkville, was bequeathed to the University of Melbourne with the intention that it be made available to artists and academics. The house and studio is now managed by the Victorian College for the Arts (VCA) and available to Australian and international visitors with an association to the VCA. Artists, writers and researchers are invited to undertake residencies of varying durations, with the program devised to engage residents with the local art and academic community as well as providing opportunities to develop new work. Both its cultural and geographic centrality makes the VCA an ideal context for visiting artists and scholars to undertake a variety of engagements with its various communities. These may include professional networking opportunities, talks and workshops with students and the general public, and other exhibition and publishing outcomes as appropriate.

The Norma Redpath Studio will provide a number of residencies each year to Australian and international artists and writers. To apply, please email a one-page cv together with a 500 word statement outlining your research interests in Melbourne to art-australia@unimelb.edu.au. You should also include preferred timeframes.

Applications are assessed on 15 December and 15 June each year, and applicants notified with two weeks of those dates.

From 2016–2018, the Norma Redpath Studio Studio is supported by the Copyright Agency through the Cultural Fund.