Hickey Street Cottages Creative Residency Program

The Hickey Street Cottages Creative Residency Program offers creatives studio space at the heritage listed cottage at number Six Hickey Street, Ardross. The space will provide you with a platform to develop and explore ideas and engage with the Melville community and wider communities.

Creative Residents will have access to:

  • A dedicated and lockable studio space, leading onto the large external shared veranda overlooking the bush reserve and the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River).
  • A communal kitchen space.
  • A bookable shared space, suitable for meetings.
  • Sculptors and painters can use the outdoor/backyard area to work on larger projects
Apply for the program
Rear view of 6 Hickey Street.

History of 6 Hickey Street

The historic cottage is located at the bottom of Yagan Mia Wireless Hill Reserve. The former Single Men’s Quarters is the third in a row of four buildings that form part of the historic Applecross Wireless Station site.

Built in 1912 to accommodate the staff who worked at the top of the hill, the cottages are a highly significant part of the sites history. The road between the cottages and the main station buildings was known as Radio Drive, and was possibly the first bitumen road in Perth.

The space is now coalescing to form a creative retreat for writers, visual artists, photographers, sculptors and musicians seeking studio space at a strategic site and location.

A102 Photograph - Hickey Street Cottages, Ardross, 1919. Melville Photographic Collection


To be succesful in your application for residency at 6 Hickey Street, you must be an established creative professional or be able to prove your creative talents. If you are unsure, fill in the application form and one of our team will be in touch.

Creative residents are also asked to provide a benefit to Melville and the wider community. This can be done by sharing your research and ideas explored during your residency through:
  • Workshops, talks and story-telling
  • Performances
  • Publishing
  • Exhibitions
  • Our Arts & Events programming

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