SITUATE ARTS LAB FAQ

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Specific FAQs relating to the SITUATE Arts Lab are listed below. Please regularly check for updates as new questions may be published during the CALL OUT period. 

WHEN IS THE ARTS LAB?

The dates for the lab are 12th - 26th October 2018

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY? 

If you are an Early Career Artist or Creative Practitioner (in the first 5 years of your full time professional arts practice or 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 linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply to the SITUATE Arts Lab. 

DO I HAVE TO BE LESS THAT 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.

WHAT DOES EARLY CAREER MEAN?

The Australia Council of the Arts defines 'Early Career' as 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:

  • publishing or editing a book or staging a play
  • producing a festival, show or tour
  • professionally curating exhibitions
  • exhibiting and selling work in a professional context
  • having at least one professional performing arts production, sound, digital or music work professionally performed, recorded and/or produced
  • 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 strong and well-resolved project ideas and concepts that respond to a variety of festival sites, audiences, conditions and economies. 

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 PRACTICE TO ANOTHER, AND AM IN THE EARLY STAGES OF MY NEW CREATIVE PRACTISE. 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, Flickr, photobucket and Picasaweb for moving and still images. Please note that we will not be downloading this support material for distribution but rather providing our assessors 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 ARE THE QUESTIONS ON THE APPLICATION? 

  • Am I eligible - yes or no
  • Why do you want to participate in SITUATE Arts Lab? (Maximum 200 words)
  • What interest and/or experience do you have in making work for a festival environment or audience? (Maximum 200 words)
  • How do you see you art practice engaging with festivals and festival audiences? (Maximum 200 words)
  • What defines you as being in the early stages of your career in the arts?  (Maximum 200 words)
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time? Address both career trajectory and creative practice development.  (Maximum 200 words)
  • Please provide a short BIO.  This should outline education, experience and passions
  • Please add a URL to a Linkedin page, if you have one
  • Examples of Practice - up to four required, via URL only.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A PROVOCATEUR? 

A Provocateur is an established artist who will work closely with the SITUATE Arts Lab participants to challenge, explore and develop their ideas, process and art practice. Provocateurs will ensure that all artists have the freedom to experiment and test their ideas within a supportive and critically challenging environment. 

Emma Porteus, the Situate Executive Producer, will not only contribute as a facilitator but will also assist in the coordination of the Provocateurs and in maintaining the overall vision of the SITUATE program by providing critical links between the Arts Lab, participants, program and festival partners.

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:

  • Honorarium 
  • a contribution to accommodation in Hobart ($50 per night), full accomodation in Queenstown and Tarraleah.
  • Travel costs (flights and ground travel)
  • Per Diems (food and incidentals) 

WHO ARE THE PARTNER FESTIVALS?  

SITUATE Art in Festivals is a Salamanca Arts Centre project in partnership with Dark MOFO, MONA FOMA, The Unconformity, Ten Days on the Island, Junction Arts Festival, Darwin Festival, FRINGE WORLD WA, WOMADelaide and Vrystaat Festival (South Africa), Festival of Live Art (FOLA), Melbourne Fringe, ANTI Festival.  SITUATE Art in Festivals is an Early Career Artists initiative assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

WHEN ARE SITUATE ARTS LAB APPLICATIONS DUE? 

Applications are open online at the Situate Website for one month from Monday 30th October to Monday 27 November 2017, closing at midnight. Late applications will not be accepted. 

HOW WILL MY APPLICATION BE ASSESSED? 

Your application will be assessed against the following selection criteria

  • Artistic calibre (primarily assessed on the basis of examples of previous work and artist CV). 
  • Potential for the SITUATE Arts Lab to contribute to your professional development including acquiring skills in cross-artform collaboration and creating work for festival environments. 
  • Potential to participate in consultative and collaborative situations. 

Assessments of applications and decisions are made primarily on the basis of the information supplied by you in your application and accompanying support material.  The applications are assessed by the core provocateurs from the 2018 Arts Lab. 

WHAT DOES THE SELECTION CRITERIA MEAN?                                      

The impact of the Arts Lab on the early career practitioner and the SITUATE program:

  • What effect will the Arts Lab have on the development of the participant's creative skills and ideas?
  • How will the early career practitioner's career progression benefit from the Arts Lab?
  • Is the Arts Lab a good fit for the early career practitioner and the SITUATE program?

 

WHEN WILL THE SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPANTS BE ANNOUNCED?

Successful SITUATE Arts Lab participants for 2018 will be announced Monday 29th January 2018 via the SITUATE website (www.situate.org.au). Sign-up to the SAC e-newsletter for updates and announcements. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact Situate's Executive Producer Emma Porteus at producer@situate.org.au