UKARIA Residency

Applications are now closed

Applications close: Thursday 19 March 2020 (11.59pm AEDT) for projects starting after 1 May 2020.

Amount: $10,000

Residency dates:

Two residencies will be offered in 2020. Please note these residency periods are fixed.

  • Residency one: Monday 23 November – Thursday 3 December 2020.
  • Residency two: Tuesday 8 December – Friday 18 December 2020.

When applying please indicate your preferred residency dates. Applications ranked highest by the industry advisory panel are given priority in terms of residency dates.

Notification of decisions: mid-May 2020.

Please note: Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm AEDT on the closing date.

About the opportunity

Through a partnership between the Australia Council and UKARIA, Expressions of Interest are invited for two residencies at UKARIA in 2020.

The successful applicants will be in residence at UKARIA for a maximum of ten 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 seat 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’s vision is to enrich people’s lives through culture. It aspires 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 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
  • the transformation of existing work
  • collaboration with other artists, including cross-artform and cross-genre collaboration.

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

Projects which are focused around a single artist will be given a low priority. This opportunity is not offered as a retreat for a single artist to work on a score.

For examples of previous residencies click here. 


Who can apply

Individuals and organisations may apply for projects that are led by a musician or composer. 

If you are an individual applicant, you must a be practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident. If you are part of a group, you may nominate one of the members to apply on behalf of the group.

Who can’t apply

 You can’t apply for this opportunity 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.

What is offered

Each residency includes access to:

  • UKARIA Cultural Centre (UCC), which has a Bosendorfer grand piano
  • Twin Peaks (TP), a separate site located approximately five minutes’ drive away from UCC via the same road.

Facilities at TP:

  • A cottage with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large rehearsal room (8 x 5m) with a new upright Yamaha Piano. The rehearsal room has internal and external access
  • The house upper level, which has six bedrooms and three bathrooms
  • The house lower level, a self-contained suite comprising one large bedroom, a kitchenette, a bathroom and a large breakout room. 

TP is available for exclusive use for the duration of the residency for up to ten people for a maximum of ten nights. This includes linen, cleaning and daily breakfast provisions. However please note that if there are a total of four or fewer artists for the duration of the residency, only the cottage will be made available.

Access to UCC is by negotiation, taking into account performances already scheduled at UCC and the requirements of the successful applicants. During each residency period there is a minimum of five consecutive days available at UCC.

Assessment process

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

To assess how well your Expression of Interest meets our assessment criteria, Australia Council staff and industry advisors consider a number of prompts.

Please note that not all of the prompts will apply to your Expression of Interest, but that they are examples of the things that the assessors may consider.

Assessment criteria

Expressions of interest will be assessed on the following criteria:

1. Artistic merit

Australia Council staff and industry advisors will consider the artistic merit of the proposed work or works at the centre of your proposal.

They may consider:

  • your artistic rationale and process
  • the quality of work you have previously produced
  • public or peer response to work you have previously produced
  • the artistic significance of your work
  • the level of experimentation and risk taking involved in your work.

2. Viability

Australia Council staff and industry advisors will consider the viability of your proposal.

They may consider:

  • the skills and artistic ability of the people involved and their relevance to the proposed activity
  • evidence of realistic and achievable planning, good resource use and, where relevant, a strong evaluation process
  • a logical and realistic residency budget
  • the role of any partners involved, including confirmation of their involvement
  • for proposals which involve working with diverse audiences or communities, demonstrated cultural competencies.

3. Creation

Australia Council staff and industry advisors will consider how the project outcomes will contribute to the creation of new Australian work. They may consider how the project:

  • develops or extends your area of creative practice
  • contributes to diverse artistic expression
  • builds or develops national or international collaborations
  • creates opportunities for the artists involved.

Support material

1. Artistic support material:

Please submit up to three URLs providing audio or audiovisual examples of your recent work. The industry advisors may review up to 10 minutes of video or audio recording.

2. Letters of confirmation:

Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters of confirmation in support of your project. The letter should confirm that the person, group or organisation will be involved in your project, and set out in detail how they will be involved. You may submit up to five URLs providing letters of confirmation, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

To find out more about support material, including advice on how to upload examples of your work online, please see our support material information page.

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). 

Contact Us 

If you need help with your application, please contact a Grants Officer now.

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