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Youth Arts in the Hunter for over 40 Years
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Tantrum Residency (previously Trajectory Residency) is our revamped annual program for local early-career artists or groups, providing them with space, mentoring, and the opportunity to forge professional connections around the creative development of their own new performance work.

Tantrum Residency is the perfect opportunity to test and refine ideas, seek feedback, and engage in the rigorous process of developing a new work while supported by the Hunter’s leading professional youth arts organisation.

In 2021, selected Tantrum Residency artists will receive:

  • Access to the Tantrum Studio for development/rehearsal from February to April 2021 – specific dates/times by negotiation
  • Mentoring by an established professional artist in a relevant field
  • Regular catch ups with other residents and Tantrum’s artistic team
  • An excursion to Sydney to connect with Shopfront’s ArtsLab residents and attend the presentation of their new works (Saturday 20 February 2021)
  • A masterclass with Critical Stages Touring around independent producing and the future touring of your work
  • The opportunity to present a development showing of your new work alongside other residents as part of a presentation season at Tantrum from 16-18 April 2021 (TBC)
  • Technical support around the presentation season
Regional Artists

Additionally, Critical Stages Touring have offered to contribute to accommodation and travel costs for a regional Hunter-based artist (i.e., living more than 1hr from Newcastle) to get involved in Tantrum Residency.

How Can I Apply?

1. Attend an information session (optional) either in person or online at 6:30pm, Wednesday 6 January 2021

2. Complete an online application form by 11:59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021

3. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on Friday 22 January 2021

4. The successful artists will be notified before the end of January 2021

Who Can Apply?

This opportunity is for early-career artists aged between 18 and 30 (or in the first 5 years of practice) who are interested in live performance through the lens of any or a mix of forms, including theatre, visual art, dance, digital art, music and more. We encourage local artists residing in Newcastle, the greater Hunter, Lake Macquarie or the Central Coast to apply but accept applications from those coming from elsewhere. If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply, please email Tantrum’s Artistic Director at chris@tantrum.org.au.

Tantrum welcomes diversity and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with disability. Please email chris@tantrum.org.au or call 02 49297279 (during business hours) if you require additional support with your application.

Please note, the Tantrum office will be closed from 18 December 2020 – 3 January 2021.

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Contact Info

(02) 4929 7279
101 City Rd, Merewether NSW Australia
(Access and parking via Allworth St)
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