Seedpod is Punctum’s funded regional live arts residency program.
SEEDPOD RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY – April 15th – May 5th 2024
FOR CREATORS of LIVE ARTS & CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE WHO LIVE, WORK OR STUDY IN THE CITY OF BALLARAT.
Punctum and the City of Ballarat acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the unceded land on which Punctum’s Seedpod residencies take place, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People.
Following the inaugural Ballarat Seedpod residency season, Punctum is thrilled to be producing Seedpod again in Ballarat in 2024, in association with the City of Ballarat – Creative City.
Seedpod residency proposals are invited from artists at all stages of their career working in any area of live arts or contemporary performance and who live, work or study in the Greater City of Ballarat.
Created and produced by renowned regionally based live arts company – Punctum, Seedpod residencies draw from Punctum’s long experience in live arts and contemporary performance with artists regionally, nationally and internationally. By ‘live arts’, Punctum means innovative or experimental performances or events that disrupt traditional ways of working together or connecting with audiences.
Established to enrich regional fields of live performance, Seedpod offers artists, producers, and audiences access to regionally based arts professionals, resources, spaces, and opportunities for the investigation, development, and presentation of live arts. It provides a safe context of open, considered dialogue with colleagues, technicians, audiences, reviewers, and producers. It opens doors to creators seeking a testing phase to encourage exchange with ‘expert audiences’ creating the stimulus needed for deepening practice, innovation, and understanding ‘next steps’.
Punctum’s Seedpod residencies ensure artists creating live arts and contemporary performance have the opportunity and resources to:
Focus – Contested Sites
Ballarat Seedpod offers the opportunity for live arts and contemporary performance artists to investigate their practice and develop new work using the theme of ‘contested sites’.
A contested site is where competing meanings can be found and interpreted. It may be a public space, a place, a building, a body, an object, a way of working, a symbol. It could be historically understood as a contested site, one which currently ‘holds’ contestation, or one that through a future lens may well become contested. The fissures, fault lines and tensions of these contested sites might be cultural, social, historical and/or environmental.
A contested site includes but is not limited to:
You must nominate your own contested site within the City of Ballarat. Public access will be an important consideration.
What you receive:
Two Seedpod residencies between April 15th – May 5th 2024 each offer:
Seedpod artists/organisations will be expected to offer a public sharing of their exploration as a way of testing and understanding how their proposition works.
Getting started with your proposal
Please get in contact with us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would prefer to apply in an alternative format, or if there are any barriers we can assist you with during your proposal process. To prevent loss of progress in case of an internet outage, we recommend writing your responses on a Word document and pasting them into the form.
To help you start thinking about your proposal, here are some tips from the review panel to consider.
The opportunity to submit your proposal opens on 20th November 2023 and closes 28th January 2024. Artists will be advised of the results before 18th February 2024.
We strongly recommend you arrange to discuss your idea with Punctum’s Artistic Director ahead of submitting it.
Jude Anderson – email@example.com