logo of Lighthouse Arts shows a drawing of Nobbys Lighthouse built 1858 within a circle and the words Lighthouse Arts Newcastle

Studio Spaces
for Artists-in-Residence
on Nobbys-Whibayganba headland

Lighthouse Arts residencies are currently booked for 2022 please keep in touch for current updates 

Calling all
writers, poets, historians,
fine artists, 
fibre and jewellery artists,
digital and graphic artists,
printmakers, ceramicists,
musicians, and multi-disciplinary creatives.

Lighthouse Arts invites you to
produce or advance your creative work
at an inspiring and historic workspace. 

Book a weekday studio space,
located inside the heritage-listed cottages
on Nobbys-Whibayganba headland.

Join the diverse range of creatives on site at any one time,
get involved in rich conversations about artistic and cultural practice,
explore potential collaborations.

Thanks to ABC Newcastle and Anthony Scully for this video.

Lighthouse Arts residencies are currently booked for 2022 please keep in touch for current updates

FAQs for potential Artists-in-Residence

Writers, artists, musicians … creatives from around the globe are offered access to:
– An historic and inspiring place in which to work.
– A studio space which includes a desk, chair and internet access. Note: Studio Spaces (except the Music Studio) are quiet work areas.
– A Communal Space separate from the studio spaces for meals, conversations, and phone calls. 

You select either a one week block or one day a week for six weeks.

Other opportunities available on site:
– offer your original creations for sale at the arts trading store. 
– enquire about our live events venue 2022.

You select either a one week block (Monday to Friday) 

or one day a week for six weeks (more suitable to local creatives).

Residencies are sponsored (therefore free) for creatives who reside in the Hunter region, specifically: City of Newcastle, City of Maitland, Port Stephens Council, City of Cessnock, Singleton Council, Muswellbrook Shire, Upper Hunter Shire, Dungog Shire, City of Lake Macquarie.

If you live outside the Hunter, a sliding fee scale from $100 to $250 will be charged for a whole residency. The factors determining the fee charged include artist’s situation and location and will be discussed and agreed in the application process. 

Lighthouse Arts is made possible through the generous support of Hunter Writers Centre, Port Authority NSW and City of Newcastle. Our aim is to build a strong and vibrant arts community at Nobbys-Whibayganba. Join us to help build this community.

Creatives from all over the world are invited to apply.

Priority will be given to applicants whose circumstances have been adversely affected by COVID-19.

We encourage submissions from cultural practitioners who prioritise honesty, fairness, trust, accountability and respect when engaging with Lighthouse Arts.

Wet areas are not currently available. Painters and ceramicists are encouraged to use the residency to create small, preparatory works. Oil paints are not permitted. Any damage to the site must be paid for by the artist.

This studio is located in a building separate from the other Studio Spaces and is for rehearsing, composing, collaborating.  We welcome solo players, duos and trios. We welcome bands but you cannot play at high volume.
Equipment is supplied – check with us what is available. 
This is not a recording studio. 

We aim to be inclusive of all creatives. Some facts to know: the site is isolated and access is challenging. It is a 500m level walk from the carpark to the white gate then a 200m ramp to the cottages, with a steep incline towards the end of this ramp, however, we can provide golf cart transport. If you feel you may have an issue with access please indicate this on the form or contact us via lighthousearts@hunterwriterscentre.org so we can plan together how best to provide assistance. 

If your application is successful, you will be sent a handbook and an online booking link plus the terms and conditions about use of the space including the work health and safety plan.

We reserve the right to update, change or replace any part of these notices by posting updates and/or changes to our website. It is your responsibility to check this page periodically for changes.

Nobbys headland
studio space - chair, desk, window
Aerial view showing geology and buildings of Nobbys-Whibayganba headland
Lighthouse Arts 16th Dec