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Be Bold Residency Applications for 2021 have now closed.

Cash and space for ‘BOLD’ new work, with and for the artists and communities of Brimbank.

What are the Be Bold Performance Residencies?

Artists and arts organisations are invited to submit an application for the 2020 Be Bold Performance Residency.

The Be Bold Performance Residency provides a professional development, creative development and presentation space for artists and arts organisations to make and present new work with and for the local community.

The Be Bold Performance Residency Program supports:

  • Process-driven arts practice and risk taking in making new, contemporary performance work with potential for future presentations;
  • Artistic and career development for artists and arts organisations;
  • Increased community reach and engagement;
  • Development of new, local audiences;
  • Work that is reflective of the cultural identity of Brimbank; and
  • Artistic merit in the presentation of new work that positions the Bowery as a place that nurtures bold ideas and shares them with the community.

What’s on offer?


For the mid-career or established artists of arts organisations category, up to $5,000 cash contribution will be awarded per residency.

For the emerging artist or arts organisation category, up to $3,000 cash contribution will be awarded per residency. This is to cover artist fees, trainer/mentor fees, production costs, marketing and administration costs (no more than 10% of the cash contribution).

Other Support:

In addition, the following support will be available to successful applicants, with agreement of the Bowery Executive Producer:

  • Co-presentation of the residency’s performance outcome
  • 50/50 box office split on ticketed presentations
  • Up to $4,500 in kind technical and front of house staff support
  • 1 Full day access to the Bowery for performance plus up to four additional rehearsal days in the Bowery leading up to the performance
  • Up to 80 hours in community spaces (for example 1 x 4 hour session per week for 20 weeks) based on availability
  • Bowery staff / producer / marketing support
  • Print and online marketing commensurate with Bowery mainstage programming
  • Box office setup

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