Police Point Artist in Residence (AiR) Artist Brief
Police Point Shire Park (PPSP) and the Point Nepean Peninsula is a nationally significant cultural heritage site ‘…located in the [traditional] lands of the Boon wurrung balug, one of at least six clans of the Bunurong/Boonwurrung who were part of the Kulin Nation of Central Victoria’ (Management and Conservation Management Plan, 2012). It intersects with Boon Wurrung and European cultural heritage and the present day, and is a place where all people can learn from the past, enjoy the present and share the future.
From 1850-1970s, Police Point Shire Park was the location of the local Police Barracks and Quarantine station. The Gatekeeper’s Cottage was occupied by the police officers with the first Quarantine Station Superintendent being Sebastian Kendall who was stationed at Police Point from 1911 - 1942. In 1970, the site was used by the Department of Defence, repurposing the police barracks for army use. More recently in 2004, the government transferred the land and the historic cottages to the Mornington Peninsula Shire, and the park was established. It has since been added to the National Heritage list in 2006, and is also included in heritage listings at both state and local levels.
The Gatekeeper’s Cottage is situated on the 17.5 hectare Police Point Shire Park, Portsea which is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD. With its outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, the Park has a rich history that played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria.
The local township of Portsea is within walking distance and Sorrento is a short three minute bus or car trip. Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, a newsagency, cafés, restaurants, cinemas and galleries form part of the village atmosphere. Access to public transport means that most areas of the Mornington Peninsula can be accessed.
The Gatekeepers Cottage is a two-bedroom residence with reading room and studio, kitchen and dining room, bathroom (with bath and shower) toilet and laundry.
Parking for one car is available on site. Visitor car parking is located some distance away at the entrance to Police Point Shire Park. Whilst the Gatekeeper’s Cottage is considered isolated, the Park shares its eastern border with privately owned residences.
What is provided?
• Studio: easel and work tables (2)
• Kitchen: fully equipped with stove top, wall oven microwave and fridge
• Dining: Table and Chairs (4)
• Laundry: washing machine, clothes rack, vacuum cleaner and cleaning products
• Bedrooms: double bed, single beds (2), rugs, bedside tables and lamps, linen and towels
• Reading room: Double fold out couch, two lounge chairs, reading lamp, radio/CD player
• Outdoors: Parking for one car, vegetable garden, garden table and chairs
What do applicants need to provide?
• Clothing, personal toiletries, arts materials, food, mobile phone and personal iPads etc.
From time to time we receive requests regarding pets. We would love to accommodate pets but unfortunately the residency is situated in an environmentally sensitive area and pets are not permitted. Assistance animals are an exception.
• The base rate for 2020 is $300 per week (plus GST)
• Successful applicants will be:
- Invoiced prior to the commencement of their residency and full payment is required before occupancy of the cottage
- Required to provide a credit card bond for any specific breeches of the Occupancy Agreement
- Responsible for all other costs associated with the residency including travel, contents insurance, materials and equipment
• There is no stipend or living allowance
Who can apply?
The Police Point Shire Park Artist in Residence (AiR) program is open to all emerging and established artists, writers, musicians and creatives. The Mornington Peninsula Shire invites Expressions of Interest for both supported and fee paying residencies ranging from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of six weeks.
Criteria and assessment process
Completed application forms will be assessed by a panel of community representatives and Shire officers.
Successful applicants are required to enter into an agreement between the Shire and applicant. This will outline the obligations of both parties.
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