The Norma Redpath Studio provides a number of residencies each year to Australian and international artists and writers. It also formally supports the programs of CoVA partners, including The Wheeler Centre, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Gertrude Contemporary.
As part of its engagement and impact activity, CoVA manages the Norma Redpath House and Studio. The achievements of Norma Redpath (1928-2013) mark her as one of the outstanding Australian sculptors of her generation. Her carved works of the 1950s, exquisite bronzetti of the 1960s and her monumental public works all speak of an engagement with international sculpture. In 1961 she won the Italian Government Scholarship and the Althea Dyason Bequest Grant (awarded by the Art Gallery of NSW), allowing her to study at the prestigious Brera Academy in Milan. During the next two decades, Milan became Redpath’s home away from home, where she mixed with leading Italian sculptors, and became a passionate advocate both for Australian art internationally and for encouring artists to work within an international context.
Through the generous facilitation of her family, Redpath’s former home and studio in Parkville, was bequeathed to the University of Melbourne with the intention that it be made available to artists and academics. The house and studio is now managed by the Centre of Visual Art and available to Australian and international visitors with an association to the VCA. Artists, writers and researchers are invited to undertake residencies of varying durations, with the program devised to engage residents with the local art and academic communities as well as providing opportunities to develop new work.
From 2017–2019, the Norma Redpath Studio Studio is supported by the Copyright Agency through the Cultural Fund.