Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program

Now in its third year, the Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program focuses on supporting artists to develop works that are site-specific or site-responsive. Works created through the studio residency will be presented throughout the Convent as a vibrant and temporary means of fostering delight and dialogue, as well as fostering engagement between our site, urban landscape, artistic community and audiences.

The Studio Residency Program offers a unique opportunity for artists to have time, space and support to undertake site-specific or responsive research, investigation and consideration. Residency artists will invest in their own practice, and at the same time build their professional network and share their work with diverse audiences. They will receive a six month residency at the Convent, and a $2,500 honorarium to create site-responsive works that promise to ignite curiosity.

2020 Studio Residents

Hayley Tanzer (January – June 2020)

Hayley Tanzer is a musical diva with an unmistakable voice. Known for her cinematic, high-glamour, escapist works that are at once intensely powerful, deeply fragile and darkly humorous, her work spans stages, clubs, galleries and festivals and fuses musical forms to a multitude of performative and artistic outcomes. Her musical compositions move fluidly from opera to disco and from the experimental to pure pop – exploring self-image, gender, romance and the power of the alter ego. Her film and curatorial works are renowned for their elaborate dreamscapes and meticulous aesthetic that take stylistic cues from 70s retro-futurism, Euro camp and Australian pop culture nostalgia.

Tanzer’s residency with Abbotsford Convent will involve the creation of a original, iconic Australian disco composition embedded in a large-scale video installation, developed in collaboration with fellow artists within the alternative queer scene of Melbourne. It will be shown across a number of explosive musical events in 2020, beginning with a launch within the Convent itself.


Jacob Boehme (July – December 2020)

Jacob Boehme is a Melbourne born and raised artist of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations, South Australia. Jacob is the founding Creative Director of Yirramboi Festival, recipient of the 2018 Green Room Award for Curatorial Contribution to Contemporary and Experimental Arts.

Jacob is a multi-disciplinary theatre maker and choreographer, creating work for stage, screen, large-scale public events and festivals. Jacob has led the artistic direction of Tanderrum (Melbourne Festival), Boon Wurrung Ngargee (Yalukit Willam Festival), Thuwathu (Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair) and choreographed for the opening ceremonies of Dreamtime at the G, FINA World Swimming Championships and the Cricket World Cup. Jacob is the writer and performer of the critically acclaimed solo work Blood on the Dance Floor, recipient of the 2017 Green Room Award Best Independent Production. Jacob currently sits on the Board of Directors for Dance House and Polyglot Theatre and is a member of the Ministry of Culture Taiwan South East Asia Advisory Panel. Alumni of the Victorian College of the Arts, (MA in Arts – Playwriting, MA in Arts – Puppetry) Jacob is currently the recipient of the 2018 Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship and the Artistic Director of Geelong After Dark.

2019 Studio Residents

Acacia Christensen
Leisa Shelton

2018 Studio Residents

Minna Gilligan
Luke George


Please contact the Abbotsford Convent’s Tenant Community Manager for any questions about the studio residency program.

Leonie Wray
Tenant Community Manager
03 9415 3610