Supporting the development of new approaches to art making and engaging publics through a regional residency.

Presented by Punctum Inc in association with
Mt Alexander Shire Council, and Bendigo Venue and Events.

Seedpod is Punctum’s national residency program, based in our hometown Castlemaine on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. 

We created Seedpod residencies because we understand the need for a safe place to test ideas, undertake experiments, develop new work, and take risks in a collegiate environment. 

We also like the fact that these experiments happen outside of city-based confines and institutions, challenging notions of the contemporary and regionality.

In June 2020 we called out for residency propositions that were to meet a relational and / or participatory investigation and public proposition relevant to the Weird Sanctuaries theme. 

In these times of flux, Weird Sanctuaries asks ‘how are we all entangled?’

It is intended for artists who wish to create in an environment with others from diverse disciplines and practices, and who are interested in exploring the thematic area we find urgent  to investigate - ‘the live and the gathering’. Each ‘weird sanctuary’ will in many ways be a rehearsal or practice for ‘difference without separability’; for what we do and who we are in the ‘elsewhere and otherwise’.

Through Weird Sanctuaries, we will continue to support new art works that are in nascent stages of development. As practicing artists ourselves, we accompany and guide each resident artist in their exploration in the public sphere.  We will work as ‘sounding boards’ responding to each artist’s needs be they dramaturgical, ‘user’ experience, furthering connections or opportunities through our networks. Selected artists will be provided with a studio environment in one of three spaces across the region for a period of 14 days. Along with a studio space, we will assist artists in situating their work within local settings in our region. Artists will be expected to present their exploration for public discussion during their residency.

We welcomed proposals from emergent to established, regional and urban artists across theatre, live arts, dance, sound, installation, visual art and other experimental or transdisciplinary practices.

What were we look​ing for?
In response to the COVID19 context for this year’s residencies, Punctum asked artists to propose their own ‘weird sanctuary’ by asking three questions…

1. WHO WILL GATHER TOGETHER HERE AFTER…? We are encouraging you to take a transdisciplinary approach … involve your baker, astronomer, environmental researcher, scientist, Phd student, health professional, small aircraft pilot, dog trainer, farmer, deliverer - someone who will inform and transform your approach so together you arrive at a creative proposition.

2. HOW WILL WE GATHER HERE AFTER …? We are encouraging you to think about your approach to public participation and audience gathering … how will you; involve people passing by, the invitation of intimate / small and specific groups of people, invite people into healthy indoor spaces or outdoor spaces, rethink the aesthetics of touch or technology in public realm; how these ways of gathering play into the subject of your work.

3. WHEN WILL WE GATHER HERE AFTER …? We are encouraging you to propose a time in the future when your residency might be remotely or physically held in Castlemaine and to consider how restrictions or expanses of time might inform your proposition for gatherings.

We are interested in projects that:
• Explore the three questions above with ideas and even more questions, provocations, propositions, and concepts.
• Are engaged in an aesthetic and poetic that considers these cultural, civic, political, and social times.
• Provide methodologies for experiments in live arts (we encourage you to consider public / audience / community engagement, your collaboration with others and us, transdisciplinary practice, technology, decolonisation and climate ecologies).
• Are new works in nascent stages of development that can benefit from this opportunity.

Key information:
Our Seedpods will be programmed across the 2020/2021 year. We believe that due to the public health measures required to combat COVID-19, we will need to consider the WHEN  carefully

Our Seedpods include:
• $2000 for the artist.
• In-kind professional artistic/dramaturgy/administration/marketing/technical /box office/review writing and documentation (worth $2000)
• Resources for a first nations first approach (worth $500)
• In kind studio space (worth $1500)

Our 2020 Seedpods will be based at
• Punctum’s own ICU
• Phee Broadway Theatre with thanks to Mt Alexander Shire Council.
• The Engine Room with thanks to Bendigo Venue and Events.