Opportunities to get involved with Punctum take many forms. From developing a work through our residencies, to expanding practice and networks through our propagation and alumni programs, to stepping in as an audience member or participant, to volunteering, partnering or becoming a patron.
Find out more about opportunities with Punctum below and together, we will enliven the future.
Emerging musicians, composers, creators and curators based in regional Victoria and interested in being mentored in improvisation, experimentation and collaboration are invited to submit an expression of interest to participate in our Expanding Fields of Practice program.
The program begins in April with three mentoring sessions and a live performance taking place at Punctum in Castlemaine:
EOIs open: Tuesday, March 28, 2023
EOIs close: Sunday, April 9, 2023
Regionally based women and gender-diverse artists who are interested in cross-artform, collaborative practice (e.g. theatre makers, directors, sound artists, composers, multidisciplinary) are encouraged to apply for Hi-Viz Satellites, an international program probing new spaces, practices and modes of making in contemporary performance.
The program’s 2023 focus is on cross-cultural and cross-artform exchange and collaboration between artists from Australia, Singapore and beyond. It will take the form of three hosted and facilitated virtual LABs and an in-person LAB over five days in Melbourne.
EOIs open: 23 March 2023
EOIs close: 17 April 2023
Punctum supports artists who need spaces for adventurous arts research and development, to hold workshops, rehearsals, and experiments in performances of all types, or access to our knowledge, experience and networks to help develop their practice, be it from our Artistic Director; Jude Anderson, Managing Director; Pippa Bainbridge or one of our enthusiastic Board members.
Our Propagation Program responds to different needs of artists and has three tiers – Lacrimale, Nervosum and Caecum (all types of Punctums).
One day free hire of Punctum spaces.
Reduced rental rates for hiring Punctum spaces at Alumni Rates (see Venue Rates here)
A couple of cups of coffee to access the brain of Jude or Pippa to assist with artistic, dramaturgical, management, producing or industry questions.
Two days’ free hire of Punctum spaces.
Reduced rental rates for hiring Punctum spaces at Alumni Rates
Free auspicing of grants [normally 5% of grant funds].
Profiling of artist/project on Punctum’s social media & blog access for random thoughts about residency process.
More than two but less than five cups of coffee to access the brain of Jude or Pippa or a Board Member Jude or Pippa to assist with artistic, dramaturgical, management, producing, industry, governance or strategic questions.
Are you an expert in birds? A local farmer? Are you one of only three people in Australia who can play the Hornucopian dronepipe? Are you part of a community group with a specific interest? Do you have knowledge or insights that you would be willing to share with artists?
Punctum creates and champions live arts productions that are participatory, unexpected, compelling, and regionally grown.
By ‘live arts’, we mean innovative or experimental performances or events that disrupt traditional ways of working together or interacting with audiences.
Our annual program brings artists, audiences and communities together through shared cultural adventures. We work closely with professionals and knowledge holders across a wide range of disciplines and cultures to develop the practice and profile of regional live arts through our collaboration and partnerships.
Each work we create is an invitation into the unexpected. Our work is defined by our unique ways of making performances, our engagement with audiences and communities in singular settings, and by the lines we blur between artist and audience, audience and creator.
Ranging in scale from the intimate to the monumental, our productions can be experienced sensorially, emotionally, intellectually, individually, or collectively. We develop safe settings for artists to take creative risks and push the boundaries of their art and practice. We introduce them to diverse regional communities and audiences and open the way for them to excel in local and global arenas.