Applications have now closed for the Artist Residency to be held at Tarraleah in October 2020

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. We welcome applications from;

– People at the start of their artistic practice

– Senior artists with significant experience

– Mid-career artists

– Returning participants 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. 

– 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. 


These are trying times and many of our people are doing it tough. The 2020 Residency for this year will cost participants $60 rather than $90 and we require a $200 non refundable deposit rather than $400.  Your refund of $140 is processed after your attendance at the residency and completion of the debrief survey.  

– Should the residency be cancelled due to Covid all monies paid will be 100% refunded.

– Should the residency be postponed applicants will have a choice to re agree with the new dates or get a refund.

– It may be necessary, due to physical distancing, that some elements of the residency will be delivered online.

– If the residency in it’s entirety has to be delivered online (triple fingers crossed not) all participants receive a 100% refund.


Applications are through an EOI process designed to give a brief overview of your vision and takes about 20 minutes if you have decided on your project. Join our mailing list for residency alerts.

Expression of interests are 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 project proposals have gone on to full creative development and production. Tasmania Performs actively seeks out collaborations with organisations to support residency artists. We have teamed up with the Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) who support up to three residency projects with inkind venue hire for a week for self funded creative development. Past recipients have included Sinsa Mansell’s solo dance work BlACK, which will premier in a major festival in 2021. 

Other projects supported in their development and production include;

Hera Direen and Ana Thema’s  Drag Queen Murder Mystery Anna Kidd on her show That Parking Lady with Dramaturg Peter Matheson. Anna recently completed a creative development with Director Maude Davey and Musician Craig Irons working towards a premier production.

Helen Swain brought her solo work Who Cares to the residency and has gone on to work with Director Care McLean which was scheduled to tour in 2020 but has been postponed due to covid. 

Jordy Gregg has worked on his first script Park Days. Jordy went on to be selected to participate in New Zealand’s Breaking Ground and Yellamundie as part of the 2019 Sydney Festival to further develop this work and has just received further funding from Tim Minchin, The Australia Council and Arts Tasmania.

The Tarraleah Residency has been working with palawa/pakana artists for a number of years and during the residency supports them with specialist Aboriginal mentors.

In 2020 we will work with Blue Cow Theatre to support a curated residency opportunity for Tasmanian playwrights, with a solid first draft, to further finesse their work ready for the stage. 

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:

2019 Artist Residency
2018 Artist Residency
2017 Artist Residency
2016 Artist Residency
2015 Artist Residency