Expressions of Interest from Tasmanian performing arts practitioners for the annual Artist Residency to be held at Tarraleah from 11-13 October 2019 are closed. 2020 dates will be announced in our Quarterly enews.

This is an opportunity for Tasmanian artists at all points in their career and from all aspects of the performing arts  to come together and explore new performance 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.
* Writers, directors, makers, dancers, performers, sound designers, choreographers etc – any artist with a project idea they want to work on…
* Collaborative teams working together on a single concept and should apply under the name of whomever is the lead artist on the project.
* We celebrate diversity and welcome all artists to apply including those with diverse abilities, sexualities, genders, age, ethno-cultural and socioeconomic status.

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.  We have secured Bec Reid, Angharad Wynne Jones, Kirk Page and Chris Mead as mentors for the 2019 Residency.

Activities include: 20×20 presentations of participant projects ideas, 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 $310 is fully refundable after attendance at the residency and completion of the debrief survey.  


The EOI application survey is designed to give a brief overview of your project and should take about 20-30 minutes if you have decided on your project. 

Expression of interests will be reviewed by a curatorial panel who will take into consideration the calibre/potential of the artist, the quality of the idea plus a range of other balancing issues including art forms, geography, and experience to ensure the right mix of people for a vibrant weekend. 

2019 participants and mentors

Where the residency might take you and your idea 

Many Residency projects have gone on to be showcased through the  RAWspace program in 2015 and 2017.  Several projects from the 2017 & 2018 Residencies were offered a week venue hire inkind at MAC for  self funded creative developments. 

2018 Participants Andy Vagg and Sinsa Mansell each secured a MAC residency for 2019. Sinsa collected documentation during her residency for her solo dance work BlACK which has been used to help secure funding towards further development of the work. Andy met Bryony Geeves at the Residency and she has become a key collaborator on his project The Poseidon Adventure and will join him at the MAC residency later this year.

Since the 2018 Residency Anna Kidd has been working on her show That Parking Lady with Dramaturg Peter Matheson and recently completed a creative development with Musical Director Craig Irons and Director Maude Davey. A second creative development is planned for August towards a premier production in 2020.

In 2018 Helen Swain brought her solo work Who Cares to the residency and has gone on to work with Dramaturg Peter Matheson and successfully applied for City of Hobart Funding towards a development and showing later in 2019

Jordy Gregg has worked on his first script Park Dayz at the 2017 and 2018 residencies as part of the pakana stream. Jordy has gone on to be selected to participate in New Zealand’s Breaking Ground and Yellamundie as part of 2019 Sydney Festival to further develop this work.

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 Zeb attended the PACT Youth Theatre Queer Development program in Sydney. Tasmania Performs went on to provide development support in 2017 and produced Zeb: A Gender Odyssey in July 2018 at the Backspace Theatre. 

Past participant testimonials 

(The residency) connects artists from the north to the south. It broadens the scope of thinking. It creates a concentrated environment to explore an idea. It opens up new connections to bring in to your project. It generates important discussions of the wider arts community & local arts. It gives artists a chance to meet with someone / several people who they look up to in their industry and have multiple chats which would otherwise never exist. ~ Bec Jones 2018

I went to the residency to push myself out if my confort zone by starting Les Petites Annonces with Edith Perrenot. We both arw new to theatre rules, and we learnt a lot. It was very challenging and confronting to test our project in front of everyone but we felt safe and positively criticised. Concerning my ongoing practice, this residency was highly relevant because the discussion and workshops with other artists and mentors were very encouraging and will help me to push my personal practice more deeply into performance with less apprehension of the stage fear.
The availability and conversation with the mentors were precious because they took time to listen to us, analize how they could help us with their knowledge and networks. Being exposed to them also forced us to articulate more what we wanted.
~ Julia Drouhin 2018

 (The Residency) has given the project a clear pathway forward so that it will progress not just stay as an idea. It helps clarify your focus as an individual artist and what your strengths are.~Kirsty Grierson 2017 

 How refreshing to be surrounded by colleagues all at different stages in their careers as well as their project formations. I didn’t sense any ego or competition between participants or anyone else, and perhaps it was this diversity and the fact that the art itself was never in question, it was taken for granted that everyone there would take what they had grown on the weekend and bring their own practice to the project to the best of their ability.~ Rachel Myers 2017

 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 2016 

 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 2016 

For testimonial videos from past participants and mentors see our archive pages:

2018 Artist Residency
2017 Artist Residency
2016 Artist Residency
2015 Artist Residency