Is your work ready for that next stage? (pun intended)

Launchpad is a new initiative under Geelong Arts Centre’s Creative Engine program geared towards creating more pathways for artists to professional practice by bridging the gap between developing new work and having the platform to stage it.

This new initiative gives artists the opportunity to test and present new work to audiences in a professional theatre setting.

Launchpad will provide three artists or creative teams with access to The Open House for up to three performances or presentations, with additional rehearsal days in the centre’s studio spaces.

Selected artists will also receive technical, marketing, front-of-house and ticketing support, along with general artistic development support from Geelong Art Centre's programming team.

Artists will take 100% box office sales (less booking fees, credit card charges and GST) and will have consultation with the Programming team to help determine ticket prices.

Key Dates

Applications Open - Wednesday 27 March 2024
Applications Close - Midnight, Sunday 21 April 2024
Successful applicants notified - By Friday 3 May 2024

Presenting Dates

Performances/presentations will take place in The Open House at Geelong Arts Centre on either:

• Friday 21 June
• Saturday 22 June
• Wednesday 26 June
• Thursday 27 June
• Friday 28 June 2024

We're looking for artists or creative teams with a new work that is ready for its next stage of development.

The work could be a show-ready presentation or performance (small scale or simplified fully realized production) or a development showing or reading that has already had significant development and/or rehearsal


The Offer

  • Access to one of Geelong Arts Centre’s studios for up to four days of rehearsal
  • Access to The Open House Theatre for a minimum of one and maximum three performances/presentations in June
  • Artist development support and guidance/mentorship from the Programming team
  • Marketing and promotion of the presentation/performance, using Geelong Arts Centre's owned channels, database and marketing team support
  • Technical support including production meetings and for bump in/tech on the presentation/performance day/s, including plotting, tech and dress rehearsals and performance
  • Lighting, Audio and Staging
  • General admission seating of up to 178 pax, depending on stage configuration and sightlines
  • 100% of box office sales after inside charges (GST, booking fees and credit card charges)
  • Ticketing, Box Office and front-of-house management
  • Ticket sales via the Geelong Arts Centre website
  • Tutti restaurant and foyer bar will open 1 hour prior to performances

What we'll need from selected artists

  • Artists need to apply via the online form and must include their pitch and supporting materials including, project description, creative team bios, script/script excerpts, examples of previous work, outline of technical requirements
  • Participation in planning and producing meetings with the Programming team to finalise marketing, ticketing and scheduling details
  • Participation in pre-production meetings with our Programming and Technical teams to finalise technical requirements and scheduling
  • Ticket pricing to be determined by the Programming team in consultation with artists
  • Marketing copy and images along with any other promotional materials requested
  • Artists availability to present their work on the nominated dates
  • Outline of proposed techrequirements i.e. proposed lighting, sound design plans, in line with technical specifications of the Open House
  • Finalised creative team details and biographies including stage door list
  • Public Liability Insurance cover of $20 million (Geelong Arts Centre can support artists in ways to find PLI cover)
Project Connect - Stacey Carmichael

Assessment & Selection Criteria

  • A connection to Geelong and the G21 region in terms of audiences, place and artists
  • Artists must demonstrate the need for the presentation in relation to the development of their work and their artistic practice
  • Strong, articulate artistic visions and creative teams will be highly regarded
  • We strongly encourage applications from First Nations people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people from Disabled and d/Deaf communities, and people from LGBTQIA+ communities
  • Applications will be assessed via a panel of assessors including representatives from the Geelong Arts Centre and independent industry peers

How to Apply

Applications are open now via the link below

Applicants that require a different application method are invited to contact Geelong Arts Centre to discuss this – we are committed to making application processes as accessible as possible and will work with interested applicants to facilitate this, please get in touch via

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