Sydney Observatory Residency Program

The inaugural Sydney Observatory Residency Program provides a supportive environment for researchers and creatives to undertake a project relating to the Observatory’s disciplines, collection and programs. Residencies are open to established and emerging academic researchers, artists, scientists and creative organisations, with collaborations and interdisciplinary collaborations between art and science encouraged.

The program offers space in-kind at the Observatory alongside the opportunity for residents to collaborate with the curators on projects that engage audiences with the Observatory collection through the development of public programs.

In its over 160 years, the Observatory has led many significant projects, including the creation of the colonies first meteorological records, the chartering of over 430,000 stars in the southern sky and has employed dozens of female ‘computers’ and scientists to measure the stars. Government Astronomers worked and lived in the building until 1982 when Sydney Observatory became part of the Powerhouse.

The Residency Program operates on a seasonal model, with residents undertaking 4–12 week placements and further extends the Powerhouse’s support of contemporary creative and scientific practice and research.

Expressions of interest are now open until 30 September 2020.

Key Dates:

  • 20 August 2020 – Expressions of Interest for 2021 Open
  • 30 September 2020 – Expressions of Interest Close
  • 1 December 2020 – Summer Season Commences
  • 1 March 2021- Autumn Season Commences
  • 1 September 2021 – Spring Season Commences

Visit our website for more information and to apply


Friday 21 August, 2020
Wednesday 30 September, 2020
Sydney Observatory
Venue Address
1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point

Sydney ,

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