QUEER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 2017 Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive

Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive Co-presented with PACT Centre for Emerging Artists          

In association with PACT Centre for Emerging Artists we are thrilled to announce that the participants of the inaugural Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive have been selected. This week-long program focuses on developing performance skills, collaborative approaches to art making and developing intergenerational connections between queer performers. Bringing together a slew of exciting experimental artists as facilitators these workshops will be led by Chris Ryan, Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra, Julie-Anne Long, Brooke Stamp, Nat Randall and Frances Barrett, and Victoria Spence.

Come to the closing event ‘Queer Nu Werk: Open Studio’ to see what the intensive generates!


2017 Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive Participants are:

  • Asher Fynn (UK/AUS)
  • Barbara Karpinski (NSW)
  • Blake Lawrence (NSW)
  • Felicity Nicol (NSW)
  • Jai Leeworthy (VIC)
  • Jon Panther (VIC)
  • Kelli Jean Drinkwater (NSW)
  • Kieran Bryant (NSW)
  • Leena Reithmuller (QLD)
  • Lolly Wilson (NSW)
  • Rachel Scollay (NSW)
  • Rebekah Robertson (NSW)
  • Tom Halls (VIC)
  • Zeb Direen (TAS)



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 will again partner with PACT, Centre for Emerging Artists 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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This residency is supported by the Performance Space, the City of Sydney and PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.

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.


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