Creative Engine - Opportunities for Artists

Geelong Arts Centre Creative Engine Artist Residency

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Presented by Geelong Arts Centre and Performing Lines

Join us for a game-changing, intensive three-day residency providing a supportive, creative environment for local performing artists from all walks of life to test new ideas, collaborate and push projects to their next level of artistic discovery.

About the Creative Engine Artist Residency

Performing artists, including theatre makers, choreographers, dancers, musicians, cabaret artists, experimental artists, writers and many more, will have the time and space to collaborate, develop skills, and trial ideas in a fully catered and accommodated residential retreat just outside of Geelong.

Across the residency program, development of each project will be supported and informed through one-on-one sessions and workshops facilitated by highly skilled cross-disciplinary arts mentors from across Australia. In previous years, mentors have included Raimondo Cortese, Julie- Anne Long, Sarah Neal, Elizabeth Walsh, Jo Duffy, Van Badham and Stephen Armstrong.

In addition to these sessions, there are multiple occasions for informal networking across the weekend, with dinners each evening providing key opportunities for the full artist group to socialise and connect.

The weekend is facilitated by creator of the residency model, Annette Downs (Performing Lines TAS). Annette is a Churchill Fellow, a Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The residency program has supported the development of successful performances such as Hera Direen’s solo show, Lipstick, Pakana writer, and Nathan Maynard’s, The Season, amongst others.


By the end of the residency you will have:

  • Undertaken professional development through mentoring and skills workshops.
  • Developed a project concept and identified the next steps required to take it further.
  • Built networks with a diverse group of artists.
  • Encountered potential new creative partners.
  • Increased profile through introductions to leading Australian artists, producers, and presenters.
  • Potential access to further development support through Geelong Arts Centre.

Catering and Accommodation

The residency is fully catered. Accommodation will be at the YMCA Camp Wyuna, Queenscliff (Wadawurrung Country). You will have your own room; however, it is possible to have three creatives to a room if you are applying as a group.


Applications are welcome from all performing artists aged 18+, whether at the start of their artistic practice, senior artists with significant experience, mid-career artists, or artists shifting their practice, e.g. performer to writer. Collaborative teams working together on a single concept (maximum of three people in a group) are welcome to apply under the name of the lead artist.

We support the diversity of lived experiences in the d/Deaf and Disabled community and encourage multiple-marginalised Disabled people to apply. Please email creativeengine@geelongartscentre.org.au to discuss accessibility requirements.

Priority will be given to artists who work in, live in, or can demonstrate a strong connection to the G21 region.

We have an express commitment to First Nations artists, PoC artists, and artists from lower income backgrounds.

The simple application takes just 20 minutes to complete.

Applications will be reviewed by a curatorial panel who will take into consideration the calibre of the artists, the quality of the creative idea and the connection to Geelong.

Key Dates

Applications Open (3 Weeks) - Friday 20 January 2023
Applications Close - Midnight, Sunday 12 February 2023
Successful applicants notified - By Monday 27 February 2023

Note: While the residency is heavily subsidised, each successful applicant will be required to pay a deposit of $400 to secure their place. $335 will be refunded after attendance at the retreat and completion of the debrief survey.

Applicants experiencing financial difficulty should contact creativeengine@geelongartscentre.org.au to discuss support options.

If you’re nervous or unsure if the retreat is for you, please email our Creative Engine team at creativeengine@geelongartscentre.org.au with any queries.

Want to know more?

Hear from the artists and facilitators who took part in the 2019 Browns Mart Residency in the Northern Territory.

Image Credit: The Devil's Grip
2021 Creative Engine Grant Recipient: Jump Start
Photo by: Cameron Grant - Parenthesy

Key Dates

Applications Open (3 Weeks)
Fri 20 Jan 2023

Applications Close
Midnight, Sun 12 Feb 2023

Successful Applicants Notified
By Mon 27 Feb 2023

Artist Residency Dates

Sat 6 - Mon 8 May 2023