QUEER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 2017 Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive

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


EOIs closed Monday 6 February (midnight)

Successful applicants notified: Friday 17 February

Workshops: Tuesday 21 March – Friday 24 March

Party (Performance optional): Saturday 25 March

 The Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive is a skills development project designed to foster and strengthen the culture of queer creativity and performance in Sydney. This new open-call intensive will to provide an opportunity for professional development for emerging artists working in this largely grass-roots, community-driven environment. The Workshop Intensive will sharpen your creative and professional skills, connect you to an intergenerational community of queer makers, and highlight other opportunities, organisations and programs to explore in the national arts landscape.

About the workshop program

The program offers a non-institutional framework for developing artistic ability, focusing on the practical skills required to sustain practice as an independent artist. The Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive consists of six workshops over five-days led by experienced facilitators who will introduce participants to various methodologies for creating performative works that explore queer identities. Participants will attend all workshops as part of the program and be part will have the opportunity to perform material to an audience at the Queer Performance Party on March 25.
Workshops will include:

  • Strategies for Devising Performance – Christopher Ryan
  • Developing collaborative processes – Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra
  • Writing for artistic practice – Julie-Anne Long
  • Professional practice – Performance Space

Who is it for?

The Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive makes the skills of experienced performance artists available to emerging practitioners and aims to create a collaborative environment where ideas and performance methodologies can be shared between generations of artists. We are looking for:

  • Emerging artists in the first five-years of their practice
  • Emerging queer artists who are interested in embarking on a more focused and critical approach to their practice
  • Artists who work in live modes: performance, dance, theatre or live art
  • Artists who would like to professionalise their practice and engage more deeply with the contemporary art sector

The week of intensive workshops will culminate in a work in progress showing and a community event the Queer Performance Party on Saturday 25 March, 2017.

 Key dates:

EOIs close: Monday 6 February (midnight)

Successful applicants notified: Friday 17 February

Workshops: Tuesday 21 March – Friday 24 March

Party (Performance optional): Saturday 25 March


$100 inclusive of your party ticket.

If you are facing financial difficulties, please get in touch with us. We do not want any applicant to be prevented from attending due to cost.

How to apply

Entry into this program will be assessed by Expression of Interest.

To apply for a place in the Workshop Intensive program please provide the following details in one PDF document:

  • Detail your performance practice, experience and research interests (250 words)
  • Outline how you’d like to develop and expand your practice through the Workshop Intensive (250 words)
  • Include your artistic CV
  • Include documentation of previous performance works, preferably video (up to 10 images or 5 mins of footage).


If you have questions about the program or would like to discuss any details regarding your application please call

Program Manager, Tulleah Pearce
(02) 8571 9114 or email tulleah@performancespace.com.au

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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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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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