Groundworks is an opportunity in 2022 for independent artists to present their work in a supported theatre setting. Groundworks is a platform that supports mid-length presentation for independent artists, allowing them to test ideas in front of an audience in a live-theatrical setting.

Two works will be selected, and will each receive a budget of $15,000.

‚ÄčIn 2022, Groundworks will be a double bill of independent contemporary dance from two choreographers/choreographic teams, presented from 17-20 August at the Dolphin Theatre. Dance and physical theatre artists are invited to submit an expression of interest for inclusion in the program. Works should have had at least one development period, but do not have to be performance ready. The finished work should be between 20 and 30 minutes in length.

You must be a STRUT Dance member to apply for this opportunity. If you are not a member, you will need to sign up HERE prior to submitting your application.

Download the application pack below

Application Closing Date

Friday 24 Jun, 5:00pm WST

Development dates

Jul 18 - Aug 12


Aug 18 - 20


Dophin Theatre


Access to Groundworks will be through an EOI process assessed by a panel of industry experts. The emphasis of Groundworks remains development. However, works will need to have completed a minimum of one development before they become eligible to apply.

The selected artists will also participate in an audience Q&A during the season, facilitated by Dr Renee Newman.


Works eligible for consideration for Groundworks include:

 - Short Cuts – the 2022 and 2021 program

 - STRUT SEED Residencies – all SEEDs from 2022 and 2021 undertaken prior to the application closing date

 - Independent choreographic developments funded through external sources and organisations, with development undertaken in either 2022 or 2021

- Works presented between 2021 and the application date in 2022, that would like to undergo further development


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


The Call Out and budget template are provided below. Please save the budget as pdf and include it in your application as one document.