Artist-in-residence program

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Artist-in-Residence program is a year-long opportunity for one artist to enhance their arts practice and knowledge with visual arts, literature and performing arts. The exciting interface between art and botany provides motivation for this program, allowing artists to respond to the living collection and other resources to create dynamic engagement between artist, visitors and natural environment.

The residency may culminate in a new site-specific installation, a series of performances or presentations in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, as well as engagement and learning workshops, and/or an event. Proposals that are social and participatory, engage with diverse audiences and consider site, place and natural elements are encouraged.

The program aims to support local artists to contribute to Brisbane's creative economy, while allowing visitors to observe and engage with various creative processes. The program also suits people who want to test new ideas in the public realm and connect with others through their work.

Robyn Bauer

Robyn is a full-time artist living in Brisbane’s Paddington. She is known for her colourful streetscapes of the inner-city suburbs of Brisbane. These streetscapes include the trees and other flora which flourish in our subtropical Queensland climate. She usually works en plein air (outdoors) setting up her easel in shady spots around the suburbs, city, parks and gardens.

Robyn works in a variety of traditional media including acrylic, oil and charcoal. She also creates detailed ink and wash tonal drawings on paper, often drawing with twigs found on the spot. Working on location provides a freshness and an immediacy in the artist’s mark-making.

During her residency, Robyn will be:

  • exploring many facets of the gardens
  • documenting the seasonal changes to the flora during the year.

She will have a particular focus on the Australian rainforest area. She will be observing and recording the life in this area including the birds, lizards and other fauna.

Another of her goals during the year is to increase her knowledge of different plant species. As a keen gardener herself, she has a particular interest in the displays of the community horticultural groups who exhibit their plants in the auditorium.

Robyn will be working daily in the gardens. You can follow her progress online by visiting her website or via Instagram - search @robynbauer.

Program scope

This residency is designed for artists interested in:

  • supporting the development of creative practice in Brisbane
  • encouraging dialogue between creatives and the broader community
  • giving the public access to view the creative process, engage with other creatives, and/or understand alternative perspectives
  • exploring and representing the natural world through composition, subject or promotion.

This residency provides artists opportunities to:

  • present their work in a professional context to diverse audiences
  • research, engage and interpret the botanic history and knowledge of the area
  • access resources (material and botanical) and facilities required throughout the duration
  • collaboration opportunities with the Brisbane Botanic Gardens team to design and deliver public programming.

This residency expects artists to:

  • plan and facilitate a series of opportunities for the public to engage in at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens (e.g. workshops, demonstrations)
  • liaise regularly and collaborate with the Visitor Experience Coordinator to provide an educational learning experience for staff and present at the beginning and conclusion of the residency about their experiences and practice developed
  • maintain a publicly accessible journal process throughout the residency, in a format chosen by the artist and agreed to the Visitor Experience Coordinator
  • curate a final exhibition of their work at the end of the residency at the Richard Randall Studio.


If you are interested in becoming the artist-in-residence, request an outline of the submission criteria by email to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens team.

The residency period will be from 10 February 2020 to 19 February 2021.

Note: the program is not a funded position. The selected artist will not be paid, but supported in-kind by the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Important dates

This table includes information on critical dates for the artist-in-residence application process.
Applications open Friday 20 September 2019
Applications close Sunday 27 October 2019 at 11.59pm
Shortlisted applicant interviews 18-29 November 2019
Successful applicant announced Friday 6 December 2019
Artist-in-residence induction 10-14 February 2020 (to be confirmed with successful applicant)


Last updated:17 September 2019
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