Sydney Observatory Residency Program

On the left, Observatory dome is open to show telescope, on the right in the distance we see Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up in the night
Photo by James Horan

The Sydney Observatory Residency Program invites practitioners across scientific and creative disciplines to create new work or research inspired by Sydney Observatory’s history, collection and disciplines. The program builds upon the rich history of research on the site that has inspired generations of scholars, scientists, artists and audiences.

The program offers space in-kind in the Messengers Cottage at the Observatory alongside the opportunity for residents to collaborate with curators on projects that engage audiences with the Observatory collection with potential project outcomes across programs, research and exhibitions. The residency creates an exchange of ideas, knowledge and information between the residents, the Museum, our professional networks and audiences. Each 2022-2023 resident will receive a $5,000 honorarium. This years residents work across a diverse range of disciplines and industries including science, astronomy, theatre and visual arts.

Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is positioned on the highest point of Sydney Cove. The Observatory plays a central role in the history of timekeeping, meteorology and astronomy in Australia. In over 160 years it has kept time for New South Wales, established one of the longest continuous weather records in Australia and catalogued 430,000 stars in the southern sky. Learn more about Sydney Observatory’s history and work here.

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