FAQs

FAQs

SITUATE Art in Festivals FAQ Sheet

HOW DO I APPLY
Applications are to be submitted via the online webform, available from the SITUATE Art in Festivals website from Midday Tuesday 16 June 2015.

WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES AND DEADLINES

National CALL OUT for submissions for the 2016 program:
Submissions open 10am Tuesday 16 June 2015
Submissions close
Extended to Midnight Monday 24 August 2015
Notification
September 2015
SITUATE Arts Lab 2016 to be held in Tasmania from 10 – 22 January 2016

Successful applicants will be announced publicly soon after notification. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
If you are an early career artist or creative practitioner in the first five years of your full time professional arts practice, or the part-time equivalent, you are eligible to apply. Individuals must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status in Australia. Proof of citizenship or residency may be required. Individual applicants must be practicing artists or arts workers. While you may not regularly earn income from your practice, you must be identified and recognised by your peers as a practicing artist.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and artists of linguistic and culturally diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

DO I HAVE TO BE LESS THAN 30 YEARS OF AGE?
No, age is not an eligibility requirement for the early career residency program. However, you do need to be within the first five years of your full time professional creative practice, or equivalent.

WHAT DOES EARLY CAREER MEAN?
Our definition of ‘early career’ aligns with The Australia Council of the Arts definition, which is: creative practitioners who are in the first five years of their full time professional practice, and can demonstrate a professional outcome to their practice. For example, this could be:

  • Producing an artwork for a festival, show or tour
  • Participating in professionally curated exhibitions
  • Exhibiting and selling work in a professional context
  • Having at least one professional performing arts production or a musical work professionally performed, recorded and/or produced
  • Staging a play in a professionally recognized venue
  • Professionally employed to work as a community cultural development practitioner on a project

DO I HAVE TO PROPOSE AN ARTWORK?
No, you are not expected to apply to the Arts Lab with an artwork proposal. The purpose of the SITUATE Arts Lab is to support artists in developing new ideas that result in a strong and well-resolved project concept.

CAN I APPLY AS A COLLECTIVE OR GROUP?
SITUATE Art in Festivals can only accommodate up to 15 artists in the Arts Lab. We recommend that you apply as an individual and list that you are part of a collective or group.

I AM TRANSITIONING FROM ONE CREATIVE PRATICE TO ANOTHER, AND AM IN THE EARLY STAGES OF MY NEW CREATIVE PRACTICE. CAN I APPLY?
Yes, you may be eligible to apply if you are transitioning from one creative practice to another. To be considered as early career, you will need to clearly articulate your experience in the creative practice you are transitioning into and proposing for the Arts Lab. Your support material should demonstrate your professional experience in the creative practice you are applying for.

I DON’T HAVE A WEBSITE. DO I STILL NEED TO PROVIDE URL SUPPORT MATERIAL?
Yes. If you don’t have your own website there are many free Internet services for uploading material. Some popular sites include YouTube and Vimeo for moving images, Soundcloud for music and sound or Flickr for still images. Please note that we will not be downloading this support material for distribution, but rather providing our assessors, who are located in diverse locations nationally, with links to view this material online. Please make sure your support material is viewable when the URL link is clicked. If your URL requires a password to view the material, please include it with your application.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A PROVOCATEUR?
Our provocateurs are established artists who will work closely with the SITUATE Arts Lab participants to challenge, explore and develop their ideas, processes and practice. Provocateurs will ensure that all artists have the freedom to experiment and test out their ideas within a supportive and critically challenging environment.

Provocateurs working in the 2016 Arts Lab will be announced throughout 2015.

WHAT EXPENSES WILL SITUATE ARTS LAB COVER?
SITUATE Art in Festivals will cover the following expenses for participants taking part in the Arts Lab including:

  • Per Diems to be received upon arrival at the Arts Lab (to cover food and incidentals)
  • An Honorarium to be received after completion of the Arts Lab
  • Accommodation for the duration of the Arts Lab
  • Travel costs (including flights and ground travel)

WHO ARE THE PROJECT PARTNERS?
SITUATE Art in Festivals is a Salamanca Arts Centre project assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Our continuing festival partners are: the multi-arts and multi-cultural Darwin Festival, FRINGE WORLD Perth, MONA FOMA and Dark MOFO, The international music, arts and dance festival WOMADelaide, as well as the international arts and cultural festival Vrystaat Festival in South Africa. New Festival partners include Bleach Festival Gold Coast and Ten Days on the Island: Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

WHEN ARE SITUATE ARTS LAB APPLICATIONS DUE?
Applications are due by Midnight Monday 3 August 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.

HOW WILL MY APPLICATION BE ASSESSED?
Your submission will be assessed and decisions finalised on the basis of the information supplied by you in your application and accompanying support material.

Your application will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • The artistic caliber of previous work, primarily assessed through the examples you provide and your CV
  • Potential for the SITUATE Arts Lab to contribute to your professional development
  • Your enthusiasm and potential for creating work in a festival environment
  • Your willingness and potential to participate in consultative and collaborative situations

Please ensure that you address all of these selection criteria in your submission to the program.


CAN I APPLY AGAIN
If you previously applied for SITUATE Arts Lab in 2013 and were not successful, you are able to apply again for SITUATE Arts Lab 2016. If you did take part in the SITUATE Arts Lab you are not able to apply again.

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