Virtual residencies are a long-term solution

While nothing beats in person exchange, virtual residencies are here to stay in the post-pandemic future.

Over the past two weeks, Melbourne-based organisation Res Artis has been conducting an international conference, pulling together 220 registrations from 46 different countries.  

Res Artis Executive Director Eliza Dawson said: ‘Nothing beats in-person exchange, but with every challenge comes an opportunity, and we see this event as an opening to make virtual residencies more diverse and [allow] access to a greater audience, who could not otherwise attend.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina