The Power Institute is delighted to announce eminent Australian artist Imants Tillers as the resident artist and mentor for the inaugural 2022 Schaeffer Fine Arts Library Residency and Mentorship, a yearly initiative that will offer a graduate or final-year undergraduate student from Sydney College of the Arts the opportunity to be mentored by and to exhibit with a practicing contemporary artist.

The 2022 iteration will ask a student to respond to a selection from Imants Tillers’ Daily Research series, working drawings and texts produced over a number of years, while also referencing the Schaeffer Fine Arts Library in some form, for example, touching on ideas such as documentation, research, archiving, writing, books, paper or artist books.

The student artist will be mentored over a research and making period, which will be followed by an exhibition of both artists’ work in the Library.


Key information

Open to: Current SCA students: MFA, PhD or final-year undergraduates

Application deadline: 20 July 2022

Mentorship, research and making: 1 August to 19 September 2022

Exhibition: 30 September to 11 November

The successful applicant will be paid a fee of AU$1,000.

Apply for the 2022 Residency

More About Schaeffer Fine Arts Library

With an interior renovation designed in 2001 by architects Allen Jack + Cottier and supported by art collector John Schaeffer, the library is an important resource, research centre and meeting point for students studying at both SCA and the Department of Art History. It also services the wider university community.

The library’s collection comprises approximately 140,000 items including books, journals, exhibition catalogues, dissertations and visual media. The collection subject scope encompasses the history of the visual arts with a particular focus on modern and contemporary artists and movements, art of the Asia-Pacific region, and Australian indigenous art. The collection includes works on semiotics, philosophy, cultural studies, museum and gallery curation, architecture, literature, photography and cinema.

The library also holds part of the personal archives of Emeritus Professor Bernard Smith and the archives of the Sherman Gallery