ArtsLab is one of Australia’s premier emerging artist programs

Take a sneak peek into the ArtsLab experience. ArtsLab 2020: Behind Closed Doors. Video by Chris Meier.

What is ArtsLab?

Are you an emerging artist? Don’t miss this unique opportunity to further your creative development and career. With a residency, mentorship, masterclasses, connections to industry, and a season showing of your work, ArtsLab is one of Australia’s premier emerging artist programs.

This residency isn’t just about creating work; it is about learning what it takes to have a sustainable career in the arts.

Is ArtsLab for me?

We are committed to creating inclusive and accessible opportunities for all artists to create new work in any form: dance, visual art, theatre, film, music, performance, digital art and more. ArtsLab is for early-career artists aged 18 – 26. We welcome diversity and encourage artist submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with disability.

Creative Director – Natalie Rose –

Young Leader – Lily Hayman –

How will ArtsLab help me as an emerging artist?

Our Shopfront ArtsLab artists for 2022 will receive:

  • Six-month access to studio/rehearsal space –days and times by negotiation (May -November);
  • The opportunity to create work remotely if it suits your practice or access requirements, or you just prefer to work in your own space;
  • Regular catch ups with other residents and Shopfront artistic team;
  • Masterclasses;
  • Mid-point development showing;
  • An industry leader as mentor throughout the process;
  • Dramaturgical support from Shopfront’s Creative Director;
  • Technical support for mid-point showing and full season of your work;
  • Premiere your new work as a part of the ArtsLab festival season from 23-27th November 2022
  • Shopfront investment in the ArtsLab works for further development and/or future seasons at Shopfront or other venues.

How do I apply?

Applications for ArtsLab Act 2 are now closed, but keep your eye open for 2023 applications opening in mid 2022!

In preparing your application, you will need to compile the following:

Your biography as an artist or your artistic company’s biography; information about your proposed project including what you will explore, your chosen discipline, what you will do, details of any other artists involved and why you have chosen them, your artistic rationale, a proposed schedule and how you will achieve it, your plans for the future, and any additional supporting information.


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