ANCA has its studios located in two specialised complexes, at Mitchell and Dickson. Each complex has toilets and showers with access to a communal kitchen, common area and a public phone. All studios have been fitted out with gas heating and ceiling fans which provide a comfortable work environment all year round.
ANCA MITCHELL is located in one of Canberra's industrial areas, just a 10 minute drive north of the city centre and within walking distance of hardware and convenience stores. Here the majority of studios are 60 square metres, with larger spaces of 80 and 100 square metres. Each studio has high ceilings, 3 phase power and roller door access. The complex has been designed to allow truck access to each of the studios and is therefore ideal for those working on a large scale and/or with heavy, noisy equipment. (This is not, however, a pre-requisite for Mitchell studio tenancy).
ANCA DICKSON is made up of studios opening onto a leafy central garden courtyard. The ANCA central administration office and Gallery are also situated there. The Dickson complex is located in Canberra's inner north, close to shops, community facilities and transport links. The majority of studios are 32 sq. metres, all have double-door entrances, and some also have 3 phase power and/or vent extraction systems.
ANCA studio rents for a single occupant (including a compulsory per month security charge) are as follows:
|*Note: these prices are as of April 2010 and include GSTand Public Liability Insurance.|
New tenants are required to pay a bond which is equivalent to one month's rent in advance. Individual tenants are also asked to pay a yearly public liability insurance fee.
All studio spaces may be shared, reducing the cost per individual artist and allowing convenient pooling of equipment.
Applications for studio space are available by contacting the ANCA office, or by downloading from our web site. Each application will be considered by the New Tenants Committee and interviews conducted with each applicant. Applications are welcome throughout the year.
INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE TENANTS
ANCA is a self-supporting organisation meeting the studio and exhibition needs of some forty-five practicing artists. Established in 1989 with funds from the ACT Government, the organisation provides emerging and established artists with affordable studio spaces.
ANCA caters for a broad range of artists including photographers, painters, gold and silver smiths, wood workers, textile workers, sculptors and many others.
The sharing of joint facilities and the inter-disciplinary nature of the work provides artists with professional support and dialogue rarely found outside an academic institution.
ANCA studios are available for rent by both emerging and established artists and applications are invited from all committed arts practitioners. A high degree of professionalism and commitment to studio practice is expected. As ANCA is a collaborative organisation, it is expected that tenants will participate in the running of the complex.
ANCA is run by a Board of nine people (three from each campus and three Ministerial appointees) with provision to co-opt additional expertise. In addition, there are sub-committees for Publicity and Promotion, Maintenance, the Gallery and New Tenants on which ANCA members are expected to serve during the period of their tenancy.
Tenants hold an annual exhibition at the ANCA Gallery at Dickson and the space is also available for hire by artists in the wider community, primarily for exhibitions although it may be used for short term hire for meetings, workshops or as a studio.
The thirty-five studios in Dickson (20) and Mitchell (15) have been specifically built to maximise natural light and are designed for easy access for large art works and equipment. The buildings are functional and have similar:
- concrete walls and cement floors
- separate electricity metering
- 24 hour access
- well ventilated with natural and fluorescent lighting
- access to three phase power
- sink with cold water
- provision for phone connection
- connecting doors to some studios
- separate gas heating
The Mitchell buildings have eleven studios of 60 square metres, three of 80 square metres, and one of 100 square metres, all with ceiling heights of 3 to 4 metres; storage bays; access to studios is by roller door. Twelve studios at Dickson are 32 square metres, two are 46 square metres, and six are 48 square metres, all with ceiling heights of 2.8 and 3.5 metres. A kitchen, toilets and shower, a blue phone and parking are shared amenities at both campuses.
In addition to rent, tenants are required to pay a bond equivalent to four weeks rent, public liability insurance, a security charge at Dickson, and a fire services charge at Mitchell.
The terms of lease are for three years, including a probationary period of four months, with an option of renewal for a further three years. Applications for shared tenancies are considered by the Board, and an additional fee is payable for the extra person.
The Selection Process for Applicants for Studios
Decisions are made by the New Tenants Committee on whether an applicant is suitable for a studio at ANCA. A 3-person committee comprising a Board member plus 2 other ANCA tenants will interview all applicants. Efforts will be made to include a male and female representative, representative from both Dickson and Mitchell and a range of artistic disciplines on the interview panel.
The New Tenants Committee will consider each applicant against the seven selection criteria and will make its decision about suitability on that basis. Applicants must therefore address the criteria in their application and be prepared for questions about those criteria.
Applicants will be advised in writing following the interview about whether they have been found suitable for an ANCA tenancy or not. This does not mean an immediate guarantee of a studio, as there is a waiting list, which varies in length from time to time. When a studio does become available the New Tenants Committee will assign the studio to someone on the waiting list. This decision will be influenced by factors such as the need to balance ANCA tenants at each site in terms of gender, artistic discipline and emerging/established artists, status and position on the waiting list.