In Residence at UKARIA

UKARIA's vision is to enrich people’s lives through culture. It aims to become known as a place where new work is born and where artistic collaborations result in new ideas, new experiences and unexpected outcomes. Through its residency program, UKARIA provides opportunities for high calibre artists to think, develop, collaborate and create. By investing in Australia’s living culture, UKARIA seeks to contribute to the global community.

In 2018 UKARIA partnered with the Australia Council for the Arts to offer two residencies for a maximum of ten days for the purpose of developing new creative projects led by musicians and composers. Two residencies will again be offered in 2019. Expressions of Interest are sought via the Australia Council from musicians and composers seeking to develop new creative projects.

Priority will be given to the creation of new work, transformation of existing work, and collaborations with other artists including cross art form and genre. Projects which are focused on preparing for performances and/or making recordings of existing works will be given a low priority.

Key Dates – 2019

You can apply for the UKARIA Residency program through the Australia Council’s online application system from mid-February 2019.

Closing date: Tues 5 March 2019

Notification date: Tues 7 May 2019

What is offered

Each residency includes exclusive use of the UKARIA Cultural Centre, up to $5,000 for travel, up to $5,000 for fees and per diems, and accommodation at UKARIA’s Twin Peaks residence for up to ten people for a maximum of ten nights. This includes linen, cleaning and breakfast provisions.

When it is offered

Two residencies will be offered in 2019. Please note these residency periods are fixed.

Residency one: Monday 19th – Friday 30th August 2019

Residency two: Monday 14th – Thursday 24th October 2019

Who can apply

Applications are invited from individuals, groups or organisations for projects that are led by musicians and/or composers.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for a residency if you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted, or if you owe money to the Australia Council.


Expressions of Interest will be considered by the Australia Council in consultation with UKARIA staff and industry advisors. To assess how well your EOI meets our criteria, the Australia Council, UKARIA staff and industry advisors consider a number of prompts. Please note that not all of the prompts will apply to your EOI, but that they are examples of the things our peers may consider.

1. Artistic merit

A panel will consider the artistic merit of the proposed work or works at the centre of your proposal. Panellists may consider the artistic rationale and process; the quality of work previously produced; public or peer response to work previously produced; the significance of the work; and the level of experimentation and risk taking involved in the work.

2. Viability

A panel will consider the viability of your proposal. Panellists may consider the skills and artistic ability of the people involved and their relevance to the proposed activity; realistic and achievable planning, resource use and evaluation; the residency budget; and the role of any partners involved, including confirmation of their involvement. For proposals which involve working with diverse audiences or communities, peers will look for demonstrated cultural competencies and appropriateness.

3. Creation

A panel will consider the contribution to the creation of new work. Panellists may consider the relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity; how the proposed activity develops your area of practice; and how the proposed activity builds or develops national or international collaborations.

Support material

Additional material can be submitted to help support your proposal. You can submit up to two URLs (web links). These URLs should be direct links to material that can include video, audio.

Letters of support

Individuals, groups or organisations can provide written references or write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain how the proposed scholarship will benefit the artist. You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

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