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27-29 October 2017

This is an opportunity for Tasmanian artists of all persuasions who are interested in live performance to come together and explore new project ideas. Applications welcome from…

* People at the start of their artistic practice
* Senior artists with significant experience
* Mid-career artists
* Returning participants from previous residencies exploring new ideas.
* Collaborative teams working together on a single concept and should apply under the name of whomever is the lead artist on the project.
* Applications from culturally and linguistically diverse artists are strongly encouraged.

This 3-day, 2-night event provides a supportive, creative environment to test ideas, consider new collaborations and explore cross art form possibilities.

A range of highly skilled mentors from different arts practices across Australia are provided to inform project development.

Activities include: Pecha Kucha presentations of participant projects, working with mentors in groups and one-on-one,  optional morning warm ups, informal networking and skill workshops.

Transport, high quality accommodation and evening meals are provided.

Note: Whilst the residency is heavily subsidised by Arts Tasmania and supported by Tarraleah, each successful applicant will be required to pay a deposit of $400 to secure their spot of which $320 is fully refundable after attendance at the residency and completion of the debrief survey.


Where the residency might take you and your idea

In 2016 Zeb Direen pitched their idea for their first solo show Lipstick.  After the residency Lipstick was selected for the 2017 RAWspace program as part of Ten Days on the Island Festival and attended PACT Youth Theatre Queer Development program in Sydney. They have now secured a collaborative team and have been selected to present at the Butterfly Club  in September as part of Melbourne Fringe.

In 2015 Glenn Murray shared his concept for Babel and found his two collaborators, composer Heath Brown and sound & lighting designer Jason James. Babel has since been presented in Melbourne to the Major Festivals Initiative, secured seed funding, had a work-in-progress showing during Festival of Voices  in 2016 and premiered as part of Ten Days in 2017.

At the 2014 Residency, Nathan Maynard, shared a play idea called The Season.  A year later this play took him, for 2 weeks to attend Yellamundie, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playwriting Festival, where he was provided with a professional cast, director and dramaturg. The Season went on to secure 100K Australia Council Funding and Major Festivals Initiative Funding to premier at the Sydney Festival and Ten Days on an Island in 2017.  The Season will be next performed in Melbourne in October and is being pitched for a 2018 national tour.


A few of the 2016 testimonials

I’ve come away feeling it is absolutely possible to work my ideas into a performance piece, I feel support in pursuing the development of my ideas, the mentors have given me so many ideas, tools, questions to consider.
~ Essie Kruckemyer

The residency has really impacted our understanding of how we should move forward strategically with our project, introduced us to some wonderful artists in Tasmania and it has given us a network to call on to start making the next stage real.  The mentors were incredibly generous with there time and the advice and questions they offered. Being exposed to the mentors has put us in contact with some really exciting artists to collaborate with as well as reconsidering some of our approaches in constructing the work itself.
~Caitlin Comerford

My ideas are usually very scattered so having a weekend to describe my idea to a wider audience and to have assistance in refining and narrowing down what i wanted to do was a really valuable experience. It has especially changed the way I think about approaching new projects and has already started me thinking of next year.  Meeting such a diverse group of experienced mentors has helped me to create and envision works that not only satisfy me as a performer but to also reach an audience, how to experiment outside of the norm and opened a wider world of people to contact for this project and possible future ones.
~Zeb Direen

As my art practice evolves my interest in interdisciplinary projects has also, putting me and my practice in front of theatre makers as a potential collaborator and getting advice and direction from informed professionals is invaluable.  The mentors were clear in their suggestions and there was no confusion in terms of the direction I should take with my project. The advice was also consistent from one mentor to the next. The general arts advice was also invaluable.
~Nicole Robson

I have been through many different kinds of residency/workshop processes and what I have mostly experienced in these situations is that the project has become muddied and I have felt less connected to it by the end. But with this residency I experienced the opposite – what I experienced was a ever increasing clarity with the project and whenever I felt I was pandering or losing my grip on it there was someone there to remind me of or bring me back to the primal/spiritual/essential reason why I was making the work. At the end of the day all I feel is gratitude.
~ Lucien Simon