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The Q’s Artist in Residence Program Q Lab is now open

Q LAB is The Q’s annual residency program. Projects included in Q LAB are selected through an annual open call process and are provided with artist fees, space, technical and dramaturgical support. Q LAB is based on a commitment to supporting the development of independent artists and projects in the local Western Sydney area and the vibrancy that occurs as a result.

Successful applications will receive:

  • $2000 in artist fees
  • 2 x weeks space in the Allan Mullins Studio with dramaturgical and technical support

Start a conversation with The Q – Apply Now!

Applications open: 19 October 2016
Applications close: 25 November 2016

Successful projects will be notified December 2016

Over the first half of 2017 The Q will support four independent artists or groups of artists in the development of a new project. For a list of projects previously supported by the Q Lab program, click here.

Residency periods available in 2017 are:

  • 9 January – 20 January
  • 23 January – 3 February
  • 6 February – 17 February
  • 20 February – 3 March

If none of these residency periods are suitable for your project we encourage you to apply anyway and make a note of dates that would suit your project.

Q Lab is open to both emerging and established artists working across contemporary performance and theatre.

The Q provides:

  • $2000 cash for artist fees
  • Two weeks full time studio space during business hours within the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
  • Technical support (up to 6 hours)
  • Dramaturgical support (up to 6 hours)
  • Access to available studio lighting, sound and AV equipment
  • The opportunity for a public presentation
  • The work created and supported through Q Lab will be considered for further development with The Q


Selection Criteria:

  • Artistic rationale and process
  • Potential of project for development with The Q
  • Calibre of the artistic team and key personnel

We strongly encourage applications from artists that identify as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse and/or have a demonstrated connection to Western Sydney.

Application Process:
Q lab applications should include the following:

  • Project proposal (max 2 pages)
  1. What do you want to do?
  2. How do you want to do it?
  3. Who is involved?
  4. Why do you want to do it now?
  • Names and biographies of proposed artist/ artistic teams. (max 2 pages)
  • Contact number and your current post code
  • Preferred time for your residency
  • Optional – Examples of previous work

(5 photos, 10 minute maximum show reel or web link)

  • Files total should not exceed 10mb in total. If your support material exceeds this limit please use a file sharing platform such as Dropbox or call us to troubleshoot.

Applications should be sent to Nick Atkins via email – nick.atkins@penrith.city  with the subject heading: ‘Q Lab – Insert Project Title.’

* If successful, residency dates will be subject to negotiation.

For further information you can email Nick or give him a call on (02) 4723 7623.

Black Birds was part of Q Lab in 2016 and will be presented as part of The Q’s public program in 2017.
Image – Ayeesha Ash, Photographer – Alana Dimou