Eugene Howard is an independent artist and arts worker, he is Artistic Director/CEO of Residency Projects Inc., a Not-for-profit arts and cultural organisation he founded with artist Kate Hill in 2017. Eugene works across various mediums looking into ideas around care, custodianship and place. He has been involved in numerous inter-disciplinary projects as both an artist, administrator and producer.
Through Residency Projects Inc. he has worked in partnership with the Victorian State Government, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, Parks Victoria, and various Local Government Authorities and cultural organisations. He is currently developing a major new multi-use, permanent arts and cultural center on the outskirts of Melbourne, the 'Garambi Baan/Laughing Waters Residency Centre', launching in 2020.
Eugene sits on the Testing Grounds Board, and since 2017 has sat on Nillumbik Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee, steering the development and delivery of the Council’s Arts & Cultural Strategy (2018-2022). He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne), RMIT University and has undertaken scholarship with the New York Studio School in Italy. As an artist, Eugene has exhibited internationally and is held in both private and institutional collections including RMIT, Maroondah City Council and Abbotsford Convent Foundation, amongst others.
Writing professionally for artists and organisations since 2016, successfully securing both Federal, State and Local Government funding, as well as a wide range of philanthropic support for a range of projects including infrastructure, programming, exhibition, professional development, scholarship, residency and organisational funding. Most recent successful projects include:
- Marten Bequest, administered by the Australia Council for the Arts
- Creators Fund, Creative Victoria (multiple)
- VicArts Grants (Creative Victoria)
- Australia Council for the Arts Project Funding (multiple)
- Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leaders program
- Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras/ANZ Community Fund (SGLMG)
- Helen McPherson Smith Trust
- Leadership Victoria
- The Besen Family Foundation