Stiwdio Maelor was established in July 2014 by Australian artist Veronica Calarco to provide residency opportunities for artists and writers from the UK and other parts of the world.

After completing a degree in Printmaking and a Postgraduate degree in Weaving at the Institute of the Arts, Australia National University, Veronica worked for a decade as a community artist in Canberra, The Kimberleys and Alice Springs, until eventually deciding to concentrate on her own art practise. In 2004, Veronica spent a two-month holiday in Wales. This led to nearly a decade of living between Wales and Australia, before she finally decided to settle more or less permanently in Wales, and to start a PhD at Aberystwyth University.

Veronica’s has found that the most exciting and memorable part of her artist career has been doing residences. She has completed residences at Parliament House, ACT; Thirning Villa, Sydney; The Regional Print Centre, Wales; Tronud (weaving with Vibeke Vestby), Norway; Grindells Hut, South Australia; Cill Railaig, Ireland; Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, New York; Sauerbier House, South Australia; Trelex, Switzerland.

With her background in community arts and her positive experience of artist residencies, Veronica has long nursed what she thought was an impossible dream – setting up a residency program of her own so that more artists could have a chance to experience a residency. When Maelor came on the market at an affordable price, she saw how this dream could become a reality. With a non-existent budget and heaps of elbow grease, Veronica has established Stiwdio Maelor—a place for artists to escape from daily life and work in community with other artists in an amazing area.

As an independent, self-funded project, Stiwdio Maelor seeks to operate ecologically and sustainably on a not-for-profit basis. To this end, resident artists pay a small contribution towards their accommodation and are requested to live environmentally when at Maelor. Many also donate saleable works. Residency rates are kept as low as possible so that all creators can take advantage of the project. As the support for Stiwdio Maelor grows, Veronica hopes to expand its opportunities and programs.

Apply: Applications for 2018 are now open. Email stiwdiomaelor@gmail.com for information and an application form.

Bursary: Applications are now open for the bursary, offering a four week residency. Deadline is 2nd April 2018.

Competition: Each year Maelor holds a competition, with the prize being a residency. The next competition will be announced in Spring 2018. The 2017 competitions were Multimedia and Short Story.

Donate: If you wish to donate to enable Maelor to continue to grow and support artists from all over the world – email stiwdiomaelor@gmail.com. Or you can support us in developing the Friends of Maelor initiative. An example of a reward we are offering when you become a Friend is discount on entry fees to competitions, bursaries etc. There are also other rewards and we hope to develop more in the future. Find more information and a form to become a Friend here: Friends of Stiwdio Maelor

Who we are: Veronica Calarco, Molly Brown, Nia Rowlands

Current artist in residence: Marianne Büttiker

Next artists in residence: Andrea Coyotzi Borja and Anna Jensen

Current writer in residence: Nathan Wood

Next writer in residence: John Gallas


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NON-DISCRIMINATION Policy: Stiwdio Maelor encourages applications from artists of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status or marital status.