QUEER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 2017 Stephen Cummins Residency


Applications closed on Monday 6 February 2017

Notification: Friday 11 February 2017

Residency dates: 7 – 18 March, 2017

The Stephen Cummins Residency provides the opportunity for an emerging artist or group to develop new performance in a supported context and to expand the conceptual underpinnings of their practice. The residency may also provide opportunity for more established artists or groups to move their work in a substantially new direction and draw it into a contemporary queer performance framework. This two week development is mentored by an experienced artist and applicants are expected to make significant strides in developing a new work. The goal of the residency is to bring the developing works into dialogue with broader queer culture and experimental performance practices.

About the Residency

Performance Space is seeking proposals for a single two-week development residency at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, this residency should enable artists working in the realm of queer performance to make significant strides towards staging a new work. The development process will be overseen and facilitated by an experienced mentor of the applicant’s choice. Performance Space can match applicants with suitable mentors on request if candidates are unsure about the best creative match to expand their work. The residency will be supported by an artist fee, residency space, technical support, and one-on-one mentorship with an established creative practitioner.

Who is it for?
Emerging artists or collectives wanting to make a significant steps towards staging a new performance work, the project should be ready for development in a mentored and technically resourced environment.

Established artists who are making a significant departure from their existing body of work and would benefit from the support this opportunity offers.

Performance Space is offering:

  • A two-week-long residency at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Erskineville
  • An artist fee of $2,000 (ex. GST)
  • Curatorial support and feedback from Performance Space staff
  • Up to 15 hours of technical support
  • Mentorship sessions with an experienced queer creative practitioner
  • A facilitated showing and feedback session at the conclusion of the residency
  • Opportunity to perform at the ‘Queer Performance Party’.

Key dates:

Applications close: Monday 6 February 2017

Notification: Friday 11 February 2017

Residency dates: 7 – 18 March, 2017

If you have questions or would like to discuss your proposal please call 02 8571 9114 or email tulleah@performancespace.com.au


Please submit your entire application as a single PDF document and where possible please include links to support material.

DOWNLOAD all the information here

Please include a cover page detailing:

  • Your name (for groups include the group name, a list of members and the lead contact for the group)
  • Email address
  • Postal address
  • Phone number
  • Proposed mentor and their contact details (if you nominate one)

Please write a short statement responding to each of the following questions:

  1. Provide a short artistic biography (100 words)
  2. Describe your performance or project and its intended audience. (250 words)
  3. Tell us about the aspect of your practice or current project that you will develop over this two-week intensive. (250 words)
  4. Include an outline of your development structure over the two-week residency (schedule how you would like to achieve the aims outlined in Q3)
  5. Mentors – applicants can nominate their own mentor or be matched with one by Performance Space (200 words)
    a) If you wish to nominate your own mentor – Name your mentor, outline the feedback you hope to receive from them and how they will help you develop the work. Please detail if this is an ongoing relationship
    b) If you would like Performance Space to match you with a mentor – outline the particular skills or experiences a mentor might bring to your work, how you would like to work with a mentor and the feedback you hope to receive. Performance Space will use this information to find the right mentor to work with you.

Support Material:

We prefer video as a support material, but will accept images or sound files if they are able to adequately represent your practice.

  • Video – Up to 10mins. Please link to online content.
  • Images – Up to 15. Please include these at the end of your proposal PDF.
  • Web links – we will accept specific links to your website.
  • Mentor support letter – if you are nominating your own mentor.

 Technical Requirements:

Please make a note of any technical requirements for your residency (eg. Internet access, sound system, furniture, lighting etc).

Please allow for no more than 15 hours (2 days with one technician) of technical support. Technically complicated installations will not be possible.

Applications close Midnight February 6 2017


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In 2012, Performance Space reactivated a bequest left by filmmaker Stephen Cummins to establish a residency program focused on mentoring and developing queer performance artists. The program is now in its sixth-year and will be expanded beyond the residency in 2017 to include an open call workshop intensive to develop performance and professional skills in emerging performers. Together these programs work to build connections between generations of queer artists and to increase the profile of this dynamic performance culture and connect it experimental practices. Performance Space has a long history of supporting and presenting queer practices and we’re committed to exploring new ways and models to support this important performance community.

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.

Moving into film, Stephen went on to win several international awards in the late 80’s for his short films Elevation and Le Corps Image.

He curated several programs of Australian Super-8 films and toured them throughout Europe. He was a founding member and co-convenor of the filmmaker’s organisation Queer Screen, and served as a board member of Metro Television and the Sydney Super 8 Film Group.

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.


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