Adjudication process and criteria

The Trust has established an impartial expert advisory panel to assist and support the review, adjudication and selection of suitable residency candidates. Adjudicators review applications reflecting the artistic discipline(s) and expertise they represent as members of the advisory panel. Completed application forms (including references), curricula vitae/resumés and portfolios are used to assess the suitability of candidates for a residency. This material is evaluated and ranked objectively and consistently by the advisory panel using assessment criteria.


The assessment process encompasses a competitive evaluation of the applications, portfolio submissions, a review of the curriculum vitae and references, and the formal adjudication by the advisory panel. Applications are assessed against the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit: This component focuses on the artistic quality and originality, as demonstrated by the curriculum vitae and portfolio submission. It is also a reflection of the applicant’s recognition by their peers.
  • Proposed project: This component focuses on the potential contribution of the applicant’s proposed project and the outcomes on the artistic community, general public and the applicant themselves. This criterion also reflects the potential contributions to the art form.
  • Workplan: This component focuses on the practicality of the project, the workplan, methodology, deliverables, timeline, resources and the demonstrated track record of the applicant.
  • Consistency with program vision: This component assesses how effectively and compatibly the proposed project supports and aligns with the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence vision.

Final decisions will be made in November each year. Only complete and fully eligible applications will be processed. Successful candidates will be notified in December.

If candidates have questions about eligibility, the application/assessment process or the residency program in general, they are encouraged to contact the Trust by email at prior to the annual application deadline.