ATSI Dance Residency at PICA

STRUT Dance in partnership with Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) are calling for applications for a one-month residency at PICA in 2024 + $5000 artist fee, for an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander based in WA.

The residency is designed to support an artist to delve into their dance practice with dedicated time and space to experiment with ways of working, prioritise artistic research and undertake creative risk-taking. This could include the development of a work if desired by the artist.



You must be Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander.

You must be a WA resident (for at least 6 of the past 12 months).

You must be a current STRUT Dance Member ($65 annual fee). To join, go to Membership and complete the form as well as payment through Momence.

*If there are financial barriers to do this, please reach out to the STRUT team to organise an alternative.

Artists will be assessed on:

  • Demonstrated quality of work and public and peer response to your work.
  • How the proposed residency develops your artistic practice.
  • Suitability of the proposal to PICA’s studio spaces.


Applications will be revised by a panel of STRUT’s Artistic Advisory Group, including at least 2 First Nations members, who will make a recommendation to STRUT co-directors and PICA director, who will make the final selection.


Support Material:

For the application, please provide a 250-word biography; 10 images and / or 5 minutes of video footage of current or previous work; and a CV of no more than 2 pages.

You may then choose between a written or video response.



Written responses should be no more that 500 words; video responses should be no more than 5 minutes in length and will only be accepted as YouTube or Vimeo video with a link included in your application. Please include a password in the space provided if password protected.

Your written or video response should address the following:

  • Define your creative practice and how a residency at PICA supports you and your current trajectory.
  • Why now? Articulate the timeliness of undertaking your residency both in relation to your own development as an artist and who and how your practice impacts.



Application closing date: WST 4:00pm Monday 23 October 2023

Notifications sent: Fri 10 Nov

Public Announcement: Fri 24 Nov

Residency dates: 24 June – 21 July, 2024. *However, if not suitable for the artist selected, the artist can discuss with PICA alternative dates.


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