Police Point Artist in Residence Program

The Police Point Artist in Residence Program is situated at Police Point Shire Park just outside the Point Nepean National Park in Portsea, Victoria. Since the program started in 2015, there have been over 130 artist residencies at Police Point Shire Park. This program is one of a kind and allows creative practitioners solitary time to develop their creative practice. 

The Police Point Artist-in-Residence program is founded on the belief that artists look closely at the way the world works, notice things that others may have missed, challenge ideas, experiment, and create new opportunities to look at the world and its resources. Through the program, artists are encouraged to use their observational skills in portraying the variety of cultural and natural resources throughout the park such as historic structures, cultural landscapes, geologic features, coastal waters, and marine life as well as plant and animal life. Over the next three years, in line with the Council and Well Being Plan 2021 -2025, and Our Arts and Culture Plan 2024, we will build on the achievements of the existing Police Point Artist in Residence program. We’ll do this by creating a sustainable future in which creative practitioners (artists, curators, cultural practitioners, and collectives) are provided with a unique and meaningful opportunity to explore, and potentially extend, their practice in a social environment that is both rich in history and nature. Through the provision of this series of residency opportunities the Mornington Peninsula Shire will be known as a place where ambitious work is supported, made, exhibited, and promoted.

Please click on the pdf below, to download the relevant information. Applications open in October here.

The successful applicants for 2023 can be found here. 


Police AiR Information Updated 2023
View from Gatekeepers Cottage, Police Point Shire Park. Credit: Kym Griffiths

Reflections from previous Artists in Residence

The Police Point Artist Residency was a precious experience and a catalyst of various new bodies of work. Living and working at Monmar for a month, I was deeply inspired by the beauty of its extraordinary landscape. The inspiration I gained being in contact with the unique rhythms of the place and the flora of the sacred women’s land of the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people had proven to be invaluable and has continued to inform my practice to this day.” – Marynes Avila

“The coastal landscapes, birdlife, tranquillity and views from the cottage makes the Police Point Residency an experience that stays with you forever.” – Steve Salo

“Wild, free, unique, memorable, beautiful, was the landscape. Life changing, free, happy, productive, excited was me. A wonderful experience, cherished.” – Sarah Morrow

“My two weeks at Portsea were an unforgettable experience. Spectacular displays of everchanging light, magnificent skies and ocean are an endless source of inspiration. I loved the tranquillity, the solitude, and the opportunity to be immersed in nature, a chance to connect with the landscape and reconnect with myself.” – Maria Radun