Punctum is excited to open our acclaimed Seedpod Live Art residency program for 2017 and proposals are invited from artists at all stages of their career working in any area of Live Art.

Each of the 6 Seedpod grants includes:

  • $1000 for the artist/organisation
  • $1000 in-kind professional artistic/administration/marketing/technical /box office/review writing and photographic documentation
  • $3,500 in-kind for the use of one of the incubator's two construction and presentation sites - either the Intensive Culture Unit in Castlemaine or the Old Fire Station in Bendigo.

Proposals closed Midday on December 16th 2016.

For 2017, one of the Seedpod residencies will be dedicated to a Live Art proposition developed and showcased as a ‘performance disruptor’ at the Phee Broadway Theatre in Castlemaine and the Engine Room in Bendigo.

We provide artists, producers, and audiences with access to regionally based arts professionals, resources, presentation spaces, and opportunities for the investigation, development, and presentation of Live Arts. We share knowledge, networks and provide assistance in the funding, research, development and profiling of experiments in Live Arts. We seek to provide creators with the right conditions to delve into their research and production within a regional context of open critique and honest dialogue with colleagues, technicians, audiences, critics and producers. We open our doors to works and creators seeking a testing phase in order to engender dialogue with ‘expert audiences’ to create the stimulus needed for deepening practice, innovation and ‘next steps’.

All successful artists/organisations will be expected to give a public presentation of their exploration.

Seedpod studio spaces are professionally equipped for the research, development, and presentation of artistically ambitious works: (rehearsal/construction, presentation, meeting room, green room, and office spaces).

We provide artists across live arts disciplines with the opportunity and resources to

• experiment, develop, and present stages of new work in an accessible, vibrant, professional environment,
• enable artists to engage meaningfully with the environment, communities, culture, and audiences in which our Seedpod studio spaces are situated
• further dialogue about the role of art in local through to global contexts by developing opportunities for exchange and innovation with a broad cross section of arts practitioners, audience members, and communities.

Accommodation and travel is at the expense of the artist/organisation, but we are happy to provide guidance on finding accommodation at exceptionally low rates.

Since Seedpod began, we have worked with over 400 artists whose works seeded with us have earned accolades – most recently Daniel Santangeli (2016 Fringe Festival Award for Best Performance: Blind Spot), Nicola Gunn (two 2016 Green Room Awards for Experimental and Contemporary Performance: Piece For Person and Ghetto Blaster).

In 2016, five Seedpod artists had their works nominated for Green Room Awards in contemporaryl performing arts categories.

Seedpod is situated 1hr15mins north of Melbourne in the township of Castlemaine and is led by Live Arts company, Punctum Inc. in association with 'The Capital' - Bendigo's Performing Arts Centre, Workspace Australia - Castlemaine, Creative Victoria, Mount Alexander Shire and Punctum patron Helen Symon.

Seedpod Alumni include:
Daniel Santangeli, Kaya Barry, Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez & Kerensa Diball, Emilie Bloom & Nicci Wilks, Michelle Heaven & Mandy Field, Simon Charles, Nicola Gunn, Mish Grigor, Paul Gazzola, Elissa Goodrich & Michael Carmody , Georgia Mill, Katie Sfetkidis, Rosalind Hall, Terence Jaensch, Rockie Stone & Kieran Swann, Lara Thoms, Sabina Maselli & Erkki Veltheim, Amelia Ducker & Sally Lewry, Peter Fraser & Dale Gorfinkel, Eliza Jane Gilchrist & Mark Penzak, Andrew Goodman & Tara Gilbee, Thembi Soddell, Triage Collective, Eamon Sprod, Robert Curgenven, Roarawarfeartata, Paula Van Beek, Malcolm Whittaker, Simon Whetham...and many, many more.

We strongly recommend contacting Punctum ahead of submitting a proposal:

Artistic Director – Jude Anderson OR General Manager – Adrian Corbett -

Seedpod 2013 SLIDESHOW

Seedpod 2010/11/12 SLIDESHOW