Open to Melbourne-based artist/s, NIDA Launchpad is committed to providing a safe space for an independent artist, arts organisation or creative collective to workshop fresh ideas, think big, put their thoughts into action, be critically reflexive and deepen engagement with the NIDA community. We are interested in applications dedicated to developing a new performance project and aim to support the efforts of the artist/s in getting the work off the ground.

NIDA Launchpad is an inclusive initiative which welcomes applications from artists of ALL backgrounds that may include (but not limited to) Indigenous, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), LGBTIQ+, female, non-binary artists, and artists with disabilities.

NIDA Melbourne x Brunswick Mechanics Institute

NIDA Melbourne and Brunswick Mechanics Institute are curatorially interested in experimental performance in the categories of live art, theatre, dance and/or multi-modal performance. We strongly believe that the arts offer a pulse check of the nation and are excited by performance work that is responsive to the times we live in.

NIDA Melbourne and Brunswick Mechanics Institute are committed to supporting the entire life-cycle of developing new Melbourne-based work. This is a unique opportunity for artist/s to realise their idea from a seed to a season of live performance.


What will NIDA Melbourne provide?

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  • A week-long residency at NIDA Melbourne Studio 2 valued at $2,450.00 + GST
  • Creative development and dramaturgical support facilitated by staff at NIDA Melbourne
  • Photo and video documentation for artists to promote and pitch their work in the future
  • Refer previous year’s reel here
  • Promotion via NIDA’s website and social media channels
  • Front of House staff for the season
  • Letters of support for grant applications
  • Public liability insurance when onsite

What will Brunswick Mechanics Institute provide?

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  • One week of rehearsal and development space
  • One week season in the Mechanics Theatre (or a season-length that is performance appropriate)
  • Technical support and staff
  • 70% box office
  • Letters of support for grant applications
  • Marketing and promotional support
  • Public liability insurance when onsite

Application Process

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The form linked below includes an online application addressing the following areas criteria. Selection will be made by a panel of staff from NIDA Melbourne and Brunswick Mechanics Institute. The application review will take into account:

  • A short artist statement in relation to your proposed idea
  • Project description (including outcomes, participants and an explanation of how NIDA Launchpad would benefit you and your project)
  • Ideal project timeline
  • A summary of your artistic practice

Additional Requirements:

  • CV or bio
  • Links to relevant work – videos, images, essays, reviews – that will support your submission

Key Dates

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Applications Open: 18 April 2018

Submission Deadline: 24 May 2018

Announcement: On, or shortly after 18 June 2018

NIDA Residency Dates: 21st July 2018 to 27th July 2018 (Saturday to Friday)

Season Dates: to be decided in negotiation with Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Mechanics will work with the artist/s to find a time that works best for the project.

Apply Now

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Head to NIDA Melbourne to submit an application

Presented in partnership with NIDA Melbourne