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Applications Open: NSW Design Residency

Two tables designed by Marlo Lyda. Left one has tabletop made of reddish marble. Right one has tabletop made of white marble. Legs are made of metal angled geometrically.February 13, 2023

Image credit: Remnants Collection by Marlo Lyda, 2022. Photograph by Zan Wimberley.


The Powerhouse Museum and Create NSW invite early career NSW designers and makers to apply for the inaugural NSW Design (Early Career) Fellowship – Powerhouse Residency valued at $100,000.

Building on the museum’s vital work in fostering the careers of emerging Australian designers and makers, the program will nurture young talent by providing infrastructure to support studio practice with guidance from industry experts, including experienced practitioners.

Three designers will be supported to undertake a six-month residency and professional development at Powerhouse. Each resident will receive $25,000 in financial support; in-kind mentorship by an established designer relevant to their field; studio space at Powerhouse Ultimo – including access to the museum’s expansive workshop facilities and technicians; and practical connections within the sector to develop their networks and skills.

Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said this inaugural design residency with Powerhouse will provide an exciting launching pad for emerging talent and become an incubator for leading design created in NSW.

‘Creative problem-solving and innovation are driving forces in the design industry. This investment by the NSW Government provides the next generation of design professionals and makers with expert guidance to foster creativity, refine their skills and instil greater confidence to transform curiosity into cutting-edge design,’ Mr Franklin said.

‘Powerhouse is committed to ensuring the ongoing vitality of the NSW design industry. This residency is an exciting opportunity for emerging designers and makers to accelerate their careers by embedding themselves within the museum’s creative precinct to expand their studio practice.’ said Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah.

The residency must take place between July 2023 and December 2024. Each resident will produce a new work of during this period. Applications are open now and close Monday 13 March 2023. Applicants are encouraged to review the Powerhouse Climate Action Plan and incorporate sustainable thinking and practice in their applications.

Open: 13 February 2023
Close:13 March 2023
Residency dates: from July 2023, for six-months


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Clio Ellis | Powerhouse
0450 492 745

Emma Blong | Create NSW
0438 473 719

About Powerhouse
Powerhouse sits at the intersection of arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in engaging communities with contemporary ideas and issues. We are undertaking a landmark $1.4 billion infrastructure renewal program, spearheaded by the creation of the flagship museum, Powerhouse Parramatta; expanded research and public facilities at Powerhouse Castle Hill; the renewal of the iconic Powerhouse in Ultimo; and the ongoing operation of Sydney Observatory. The museum is custodian to over half a million objects of national and international significance and is considered one of the finest and most diverse collections in Australia. We are also undertaking an expansive digitisation project that will provide new levels of access to Powerhouse collections.

About Create NSW
Create NSW is the NSW Government’s arts and cultural driver, which brings together arts, screen and culture functions in an integrated entity. The agency forms part of the Arts, Sport and Tourism Group within the Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, and is responsible for furthering Government’s vision for NSW to be known for its bold and exciting arts and culture that engages the community and reflects the state’s rich diversity. Create NSW invests in the success and future of arts, screen and culture in NSW through infrastructure and funding programs.