In Residence at UKARIA

Through its residency program, UKARIA provides opportunities for high calibre artists to think, develop, collaborate and create. Expressions of Interest are now being invited for two residencies at UKARIA in 2020, continuing a partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts. The successful applicants will be in residence for a maximum of ten days for the purpose of developing new creative projects that are led by musicians and composers.

Priority will be given to the creation of new work, the transformation of existing work, and collaboration with other artists, including cross-artform and cross-genre collaboration. Projects which are focused on preparing for performances and/or making recordings of existing works will be given a low priority. Projects which are focused around a single artist will be given low priority. This opportunity is not offered as a retreat for a single artist to work on a score.


The Australia Council for the Arts recently announced the latest recipients of our residency program for 2020.

Australian clarinettist Aviva Endean will head to UKARIA in November to use her residency to explore further collaboration with cross-cultural ensemble The Cloud Maker. The ensemble includes Maori instrumentalist Te Kahureremoa Taumata and Korean vocalist Sunny Kim. The group met by chance in 2019 during their respective residencies in various programs at the Banff Centre in Canada. They will be joined by Australian musicians Judith Hamann (cello) and Maria Moles (drums).

The second artistic group is comprised of composer Wally Gunn and librettist Maria Zajkowski who will create their second major collaborative work at UKARIA in December. The residency recipients will have exclusive access to UKARIA including the state-of-the-art auditorium and Twin Peaks accomodation facilities adjacent to the Mount Barker Summit, as well as financial support to assist with the development of their new works.

Key Dates – 2020

Two residencies are offered in 2020. Please note these residency periods are fixed.

Residency one: Monday 23 November–Thursday 3 December 2020

Residency two: Tuesday 8 December–Friday 18 December 2020

When applying please indicate your preferred residency dates. Applications ranked highest by the industry advisory panel are given priority in terms of residency dates.

Applications close: Thursday 19 March 2020

Notification of decisions:
Mid-May 2020

What is offered

Each residency includes access to the UKARIA Cultural Centre (including use of a Bösendorfer grand piano), and a maximum of ten nights at UKARIA's Twin Peaks accomodation facility at the Mount Barker Summit, along with a $10,000 contribution to the project. The facilities at Twin Peaks include: a cottage with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large rehearsal room (8 x 5m) with a new upright Yamaha Piano (the rehearsal room has internal and external access); the upper house level, which has six bedrooms and three bathrooms; and the lower house level, a self-contained suite comprising one large bedroom, a kitchenette, a bathroom and a large breakout room. This includes linen, cleaning and daily breakfast provisions. Please note that if there are a total of four of fewer artists for the duration of the residency, only the cottage will be made available.

Access to the concert hall at UKARIA Cultural Centre is by negotiation, taking in account performances already scheduled in the venue and the requirements of the successful applicants. During each residency period there is a minimum of five consecutive days available in the concert hall.

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

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