STEPHEN CUMMINS BEQUEST: Development for Emerging Queer Performance
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: Midnight Sunday 24 August 2014
Performance Space is seeking proposals for three, one-week intensive residencies, to enable emerging artists working in the realm of queer performance to develop an aspect of their practice. The residency will be supported by an artist fee, technical support, and through one-on-one mentorship with an established Australian performer, director, or dramaturge.
In 2012 Performance Space utilised the Stephen Cummins Bequest to found a residency program to develop and re-energise queer performance in Sydney. While there are many excellent performers and some consistently supportive and fabulous venues, the opportunity to dramaturgically develop work in a critically rigorous context and cross over from the club scene into a contemporary performance context has been somewhat lacking. The cabaret, short-act format has remained the dominant presentation model and there have been few new models developed to provide opportunities for emergent queer artists who are extending their practice into other performance realms. This mentorship and residency program for emerging queer performers or collectives, aims to address this limitation and provide space for the development of new work.
Performance Space is offering
- A one-week-long residency in Track 12 Carriageworks.
- An artist fee of $1,000 (total) per residency.
- Curatorial support and feedback from Performance Space staff.
- Up to 2-days of technical support.
- Mentorship sessions with an established artist.
- A facilitated showing and feedback session (Friday afternoons).
1st Residency, Mentor – Martin del Amo: 20 – 26 October 2014
2nd Residency, Mentor – Victoria Spence: 27 October – 2 November 2014
3rd Residency, Mentor – Chris Ryan: 3 – 9 November 2014
To make a proposal complete and return the Stephen Cummins Bequest proposal form below or HERE.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your proposal please call 02 8571 9114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘CUMMINS BEQUEST’ in the subject line.
The deadline for proposals is Midnight, Sunday 24 August 2014.
Please submit your proposal as a single .pdf document along with support material to HERE with ‘Cummins Bequest’ in the subject line.
ABOUT STEPHEN CUMMINS
Stephen Cummins (1960-1994) was an Australian filmmaker, photographer and curator. After studying Sculpture and Photography at Sydney College of the Arts, Stephen’s early work included several solo and group photographic exhibitions, and collaborative work in the theatre with several dance and performance groups, often at The Performance Space.
His work often demonstrated a fascination with the subcultural signification of the male body. In 1991, he won the Best Short Film Award at Sydney Film Festival with the film “Resonance”, a collaborative work with Simon Hunt that examined anti-gay violence in Sydney from the perspective of dance. The film went on to great success at over one hundred international film festivals, and is still in international distribution some twenty years later.
HEAR FROM 2013 STEPHEN CUMMINS BEQUEST RESIDENCY PARTICIPANT EMMA MAYE GIBSON
This residency intensive is supported by the Stephen Cummins Bequest.
Performance Space is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW; and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.