UKARIA Residency

Applications are now closed 

Opening date: 21 February 2019

Closing date: 19 March 2019

Notification date: 14 May 2019

In residence at UKARIA

Through a partnership between the Australia Council and UKARIA, Expressions of Interest are invited for two residencies at UKARIA in 2019.

The successful applicants will be in residence at UKARIA for a maximum of 10 days for the purpose of developing new creative projects that are led by musicians and composers.


UKARIA is a state of the art and environmentally sustainable Cultural Centre, in the picturesque Adelaide Hills.

Concerts have been hosted on the property for acclaimed national and international artists since the mid-1990s. In 2014 the concert room was replaced with a magnificent 220 concert hall purpose built for chamber music. Great care has been taken to ensure that the new hall has superb acoustics without compromising the spectacular sweeping views over the valley and up to the Mt Barker Summit.

UKARIA vision is to enrich people’s lives through culture. It aims to become known as a place where new work is born and where artistic collaborations result in new ideas, new experiences and unexpected outcomes.

UKARIA enriches people’s lives through culture and aspires to play a role in shaping Australia’s national identity. 

By investing in Australia’s living culture, UKARIA seeks to contribute to the global community.

UKARIA Residencies

Through its residency program, UKARIA provides opportunities for high calibre artists to think, develop, collaborate and create.

Expressions of Interest are sought via the Australia Council from musicians and composers seeking to develop new creative projects.

Priority will be given to the;

  • Creation of new work
  • Transformation of existing work
  • Collaboration with other artists including cross art form and genre

Projects which are focused on preparing for performances and/or making recordings of existing works will be given a low priority.

For examples of previous residencies

What is offered

Each residency includes:

·  Exclusive use of the UKARIA Cultural Centre  - including a Bosendorfer grand piano -  in Mt  Barker South Australia

·  Up to $5,000 for travel

·  Up to $5,000 for fees and per diems

·  Accommodation at Ukaria’s Twin Peaks residences for up to 10 people for a maximum of 10 nights. This includes linen, cleaning and breakfast provisions

When it is offered

Two residencies will be offered in 2019. Please note these residency periods are fixed.

·  Residency one: will be from 19th – 30th August 2019

·  Residency two: will be from 14th – 24th October 2019​

When applying please indicate your preferred residency dates. Applications ranked highest by the industry advisor panel are given priority in terms of residency dates. In the event that an applicant is unable to undertake their residency at the time stated on their funding agreement, there is a possibility dates can be negotiated. Please contact the Australia Council (Project Officer) to discuss.

Who can apply

Applications are invited from individuals, groups or organisations for projects that are led by musicians and/or composers.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for a residency if:

·  you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted

·  you owe money to the Australia Council


Expressions of Interest will be considered by the Australia Council in consultation with UKARIA staff and industry advisors.

To assess how well your EOI meets our criteria, the Australia Council, UKARIA staff and industry advisors consider a number of prompts.  

Please note that not all of the prompts will apply to your EOI, but that they are examples of the things our peers may consider.  

1. Artistic merit

A panel will consider the artistic merit of the proposed work or works at the centre of your proposal.

Panellists may consider:

· the artistic rationale and process

· the quality of work previously produced

· public or peer response to work previously produced.

· the significance of the work

· the level of experimentation and risk taking involved in the work

2. Viability

A panel will consider the viability of your proposal. 

Panellists may consider:

· the skills and artistic ability of the people involved and their relevance to the proposed activity

· realistic and achievable planning, resource use and evaluation

· the residency budget

· the role of any partners involved, including confirmation of their involvement

· proposals which involve working with diverse audiences or communities, peers will look for demonstrated cultural competencies and appropriateness.

3. Creation

A panel will consider the contribution to the creation of new work. 

Panellists may consider: 

·  the relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity

· how the proposed activity develops your area of practice

· how the proposed activity builds or develops national or international collaborations

Support material

Additional material can be submitted to help support your proposal. You can submit up to two URLs (web links). These URLs should be direct links to material that can include video, audio.

To find out more about support material, including advice on how to get examples of your work online, click here.

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs. However, if you cannot supply artistic support material via a URL, we will accept artistic support material in the following formats:

·  Video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)

·  Audio (MP3 and Windows Media)

·  Images (JPEG and PowerPoint)

·  Written material (Word and PDF)

Letters of support

Individuals, groups or organisations can provide written references or write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain how the proposed scholarship will benefit the artist. You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

A print friendly MS Word file can be accessed here. 

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