Sydney Observatory Residency Program

The Sydney Observatory is delighted to launch an annual Residency Program in 2021. Eleven residents have been selected for the inaugural residency program from across a diverse field of practices from astrophysics, science, philosophy and the environment to visual art and theatre.

Each resident will spend three-months working out of the historic building on Millers Point, collaborating with the institution and its staff on projects that engage audiences with the Observatory’s disciplines, collection and programs.

Since it opened in 1858, the Sydney Observatory has led many significant projects, including the creation of the colony of New South Wales’ first meteorological records and the cataloguing of over 430,000 stars in the southern sky. The scientific site also has a rich human history, having employed many scientists to measure the stars, including dozens of female ‘computers’ in the pre-digital age. Government astronomers worked and lived in the building until 1982 when the Observatory became part of the Powerhouse Museum.