Shopfront’s Residency program is open for applications from those artists interested in developing a project in 2010. I am a board member at Shopfront as I believe in its interest in and commitment to developing the arts practice of artists who are under 25. In the last week I have had the great priviledge to have met several applicants who have submitted early applications for the residency program for this year. Last year I attended the Artslab Residency Showing which was simply fantastic. It included a piece by Tim Spencer called “The words they make with their mouths” which is on right now at the Adelaide Fringe. (check it out if you can!)

Shopfront is a fantastic place for emerging artists to make connections with fellow artists and to explore ideas, practice styles under the mentorship of independent theatre director and Shopfront Theatre’s Artistic Associate Michael Piggott. Applications close on March 26 2010.

The residency is for artists under 25 who want to explore and develop a project over a 6 month period. This is a program which grants a great amount of autonomy and also resources or time, space, industry professionals- a hands on experience of a large scale production and two industry showcases which provide artists with feedback.

Immerse yourself in the life of an innovative arts community that inspires and supports the development of emerging artists creating new work. ArtsLab10 is an intensive arts laboratory and six month residency from April 27 – November 3 at Shopfront Contemporary Arts Centre. Make a film, write a script, create an installation, direct a play or perform your own solo piece. ArtsLab gives emerging artists (aged 18-25) from across Australia the space, resources, training, and industry connections to experiment, create work and prepare for a lifetime as an artist. For more information visit

Photo by Alex Vaughan of writer/performer Tim Spencer (ArtsLab09)

Photo by Alex Vaughan of writer/performer Tim Spencer (ArtsLab09)