Growing Pains Studio

Growing Pains is looking for artists under 30 to share an unconventional studio space which will take over Burrinja’s main gallery space, and create a collaborative artwork in March/April 2019.

Image by Brendan Hartnett

Image by Brendan Hartnett

Growing Pains is exploring the themes and ideas behind uncertainty and tension. As young artists in a society driven by the importance of success and validation it forces us to place importance on the future; what we will be doing, who we will be and how we will achieve these goals set out for us.  Feelings of uncertainty, dissatisfaction, ennui and tension are something that we need to physically, mentally and visually explore in order to understand ourselves, our practice and who we are as artists.  The reality is we aren’t really sure what the future holds for our art, we are still learning changing and evolving, and we really are just artists making art.
We want to push boundaries and expectations. We want to create a space where anything goes (literally, the gallery is being rebuilt!) and artists can experiment and explore. Working in an unconventional collective allows us to change the ideology of the typical gallery space. Our intentions are to create a working, moving and provocative space where artists will be working in a blended environment of their own space and a collective work. The typical gallery space can easily become sterile and remove the process behind the work on display. We want to show everything about our practice; the mess, frustration, the feelings of exhilaration and creativity. The growing pains studio will be like a physical folio and diary of our art making. 

Space to work and materials are provided, as well as mentoring, advice and assistance where possible. A certain amount of hours working in the space is expected.

Participants will be selected via an application process, with applications being assessed by a panel of industry peers.

What you get

  • Studio space to use during Burrinja open hours, where anything goes because the walls are getting pulled down

  • Most materials required will be provided (up to $100 worth per artist)

  • Use of digital projectors and sound equipment if required

  • Covered by Growing Pains Public Liability

  • Constructive feedback from peers about your work

  • A supportive group of like minded artists

  • Support and advice from the Growing Pains team

  • Your info and work shared on the Growing Pains website and social media accounts

What’s expected

Image by Brendan Hartnett

Image by Brendan Hartnett

  • Attendance in the studio minimum 12 hours a week for 3 weeks

  • Be in the studio for the majority of March 30 + 31 2019 10am-5pm for the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Weekend

  • Contribute to the collaborative artwork a minimum 6 hours across the 3 weeks plus 4 hours across the Open Studios Weekend

  • Be open to collaboration and meeting people


Applications due: 31 January 2019
Successful applicants notified: Early February
Studio available: 28 March
Open Studios Weekend: 30 + 31 March
Exit studio as is: 18 April

How to Apply

Fill out the below application form by 31 January. The form has a few details so we can contact you, as well as some ‘getting to know you’ questions. Please include a link to your work, or email with a few images.

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