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An incubator for new creations at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

In 2020, Brisbane Festival, with the support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, will back bold new creations made by Queensland artists and companies.

Queensland artists are at the heart of Artistic Director Louise Bezzina’s new vision for Brisbane Festival. This new program at The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, running from April through September 2020, will create much-needed opportunities for our local performing artists to develop and present brave new work as well as connect with national and international presenters.

The selected projects will receive the following support

  • Up to $40,000 cash contribution to artists fees and other project costs.
  • Queensland regionally based artists can include an additional up to $12,000 in travel and accommodation costs (for Queensland regional artists only.)
  • Access to and support from the Brisbane Festival team, including a creative producer, marketing and technical advice, and brokering new opportunities and connections.
  • Up to four weeks in The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (spaces available include the Performance Space, meeting room, rehearsal room). Basic room set up is included (additional equipment, crew, or outside normal business hours costs would need to be included in the project budget). Final venue costs would be negotiated as part of the short-listing process.
  • Contribution to the documentation costs to be negotiated as part of the short-listing process.

Curatorial principles

The program of artists and projects will be curated by the following creative principles:

  1. Of this place
    It is for Queensland performing artists creating work that can only be made here. It provides a unique platform for inviting audiences to connect with artists, participate, provoke and discover new ideas.

  2. Big and Bold
    It is for big ideas, bold creations, unique collaborations, and supporting the artistic development of Queensland artists. We will encourage artists to expand or stretch the scope of their current artistic practice. This is a unique opportunity to create work within and around a major international arts festival, therefore, a consideration as to ‘how the work will sit’ within a Brisbane Festival program as well as ongoing presentations within other festivals is a key part of this program.

What a residency might look like

  • Meetings with the Brisbane Festival Artistic Director, Program Director and Creative Producer as well as The Judith Wright Centre staff to plan the residency, set goals, develop a plan for audience engagement, and create a market development plan.
  • Meetings with the Brisbane Festival marketing and technical team for advice, planning and support for the residency.
  • Up to four weeks in The Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts.
  • Public outcomes including but not limited to a work-in-progress showing for invited industry guests and Brisbane Festival audiences interested in the creation process within the Festival program.
  • Other outcomes might include a workshop/masterclass for emerging artists, placements, artist talks, podcasts, etc.
  • Assistance from Brisbane Festival to support the documentation of the work.
  • Debrief and evaluation as part of the residency.
  • Ongoing conversations with the creative producer on the future life of the work.

How to apply

  • Submit an Expression of Interest (see below for details).
  • A shortlist of artists will be selected to have an interview (in person or online) with Brisbane Festival between 19 – 25 March 2020.
  • It is a curated process lead by Brisbane Festival with industry peers. The final decision is made by Brisbane Festival.
  • All applicants will be informed of the outcome by early April 2020.

Applications which include the following target groups as creators, participants or audiences are encouraged to apply:

  • Older people (over 55 years old.)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • People from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, including Australian South Sea Islanders.
  • Children and young people (0-25 years old.)
  • People with disability.

Expression of interest

Expressions of Interest are to be submitted via this online form, by 5pm, Friday 13 March 2020.

You will need to provide answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your project idea that you want to develop as part of this residency?
  2. Who are the key artists and what are their roles in the residency? (Please indicate whether they are confirmed or not.)
  3. What do you see as the future life of the work?
  4. Please provide a website or online link to see an example of your previous work.
  5. You may upload support material but it is not essential.

More information

A briefing will be held on Thursday 5 March, 3pm – 4pm at The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. RSVP to

If you are interested in this briefing, but unable to attend in person, please let us know and we will arrange a link for you to join the live stream.



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