SITUATE (previously RMIT iAIR, the international Artist in Residence program) is a residency program for artists, curators and researchers. SITUATE connects people through art by creating onsite real-time opportunities for creative experimentation, cross-cultural dialogue and global mobility. SITUATE manages a series of Reciprocal Residencies where we send RMIT-affiliated and Australian artists overseas and receive artists from the partner organisations.
The Austrian Arts Residency Exchange was initiated in 2007 as a partnership between SITUATE and the AIR Krems International Studio Residency Program in Vienna, Austria. The residency is located in Krems, a 12th century township located at the junction of the Danube and Krems rivers, 88.5 kilometres northwest of Vienna in the Wachau region of Lower Austria. The studios at AIR Artist in Residence Krems were founded in 2000 by the federal state of Lower Austria to foster international cultural exchange in the region. The studio apartments are suitable for individuals and small families. The residency at Krems provides a studio apartment, a stipend, personal support, and access to a common area with some tools and office facilities.
In 2011 an annual residency and exchange partnership began between SITUATE and the Gushul Studio Residency Program at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. This residency has been developed to connect and expand Indigenous culture and explore ideas of Indigeneity, and is open to Indigenous artists, art theorists and curators. Please note that this residency is open to studio art practitioners—such as photographers, painters, filmmakers, video/audio artists, installation/digital artists—as well as art researchers. As this initiative has been developed to strengthen the dialogue and knowledge exchange between Australia and Canada, selection will prioritise applicants who are Australian citizens and residents over non-Australian applicants. This residency is open to indigenous applicants (including non-RMIT affiliates).
The application period for the 2017 Canadian Indigenous Arts Residency Exchange is now closed.
In 2014 an annual residency and exchange partnership began between SITUATE and the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) / Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (KdMoFA), Taiwan. This residency is hosted by KdMoFA and TNUA, which is located 30 minutes north of Taipei City via train. Overlooking the Kuandu Plain and constructed alongside the mountain slope, the KdMoFA is the first fine arts museum located within a university campus in Taiwan. A contemporary art piece with unique architectural design, the four-storey museum --- with two basement levels comprising nine exhibition galleries --- offers a quality exterior and interior exhibition space of 2376 sq m. Breaking out of traditional proportional constraints, the design of the museum has adopted an incongruent style to create a sense of movement imbued with interesting possibilities.
The application period for the 2017 Taiwanese Arts Residency Exchange is now closed.
In 2017 Asialink will launch its first Creative Industries Exchange between Australia and Japan. The exchange will be hosted by Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan and RMIT’s SITUATE. A three month residency in Japan is open to Victorian arts professionals who have practices intersecting with the Creative Industries such as Design, Architecture and Gaming. This includes artists as well as curators, researchers and arts managers. Both residents will have the opportunity to engage in public programs and outcomes. The Victorian artist will be awarded an Asialink grant towards their airfare, daily living expenses and materials. Tokyo Wonder Site will provide accommodation, hosting, studio space and exhibition/project costs.