Posted on: February 18th, 2019

After receiving applications from artists around the country we are excited to announce the artists selected for our Queer Development Program presented in partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and in association with PACT Centre for Emerging Artists! Strengthening the culture of queer creativity and performance in Australia, our Queer Development Program supports artists to develop their creative skills, performance ideas and industry connections.


Stephen Cummins Residency Artist: Nina Buchanan

Nina Buchanan’s performance practice is sound and music based, exploring the intersection between analogue synthesis, dance music, contemporary digital production, and classical composition. Nina has performed extensively in clubs, pubs, festival and gallery contexts around Australia, including Pink Bubble, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Obsidian Festival, Liquid Architecture and Melbourne Music Week.

Over two weeks in residence at PACT, Nina will develop her new work Higher which aims to create a deeply immersive, emotive sound environment which makes use of the dynamics of quadraphonic sound and electronic instrumentation. With this work, Nina will carve out a space for quiet queer existence, healing and collective celebration.

Find out more about the Stephen Cummins Residency


Queer Workshop Intensive Artists:

Zaya Barroso | Sydney
Kieran Butler | Sydney
Janet Carter | Perth
Gary Carsley (Dorian Gray) | Sydney
Kathleen Campone | Melbourne
Liam Colgan | Perth
Leila El Rayes | Perth
Nicola Enrico Bruni | Sydney
Eilish Fitzpatrick | Sydney
Steffanni Gardener | Sydney
M-V Lavande | Melbourne
Anna May Kirk | Sydney
Angus McGrath | Canberra
Tommy Misa | Sydney
Kate Power | Adelaide
Chanelle Rogers | Melbourne
Anna Thomson | Melbourne
Luigi Vescio | Melbourne
+ two artists to be announced!

These artists will spend seven days at PACT developing their queer performance practice through a series of workshops focused on practical and creative skills. They’ll have the chance to learn from an exciting selection of experienced facilitators including Frances Barrett, Victoria Hunt, Nat Randall, Chris Ryan, Victoria Spence, Justin Shoulder, Matt Stegh, Sarah Rodigari and Samia Sayed!

We’re excited to be able to expand the QDP in 2018 with support from our partners Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. As part of this expansion we’re providing travel bursaries to participants joining us from out of Sydney for the first time in the program’s history.

Find out more about the Queer Workshop Intensive


You’ll have the chance to experience some of the work developed through this program at Queer Nu Werk – two big nights of experiments, performance and celebration. Queer Nu Werk has sold out in the past so be sure to get your tickets fast!