These residences are unique and designed by Arts House in collaboration with the artist and thus are not open to application. Residencies are for specific projects that Arts House selects and may involve the artists being in-residence multiple times over the course of a season or beyond. The Listening Program residencies have a specific sound focus and artists are given access to a sound studio and the listening posts platforms throughout Arts House and online for the presentation of their completed work.

Artists-in-Residence,  Season 2, 2017

Mariaa Randall 
Mariaa Randall is a graduate of the NAISDA Dance College and the Victorian College of the Arts. Her most recent projects include the premiere of her new work Divercity at Dance Massive 2017; HA LF, a solo work; Poetry in Motion, created in collaboration with second year VCA dance students; Painting the Dance,
a danced installation; choreographing Jacob Boehme’s solo work Blood on the Dance Floor; and directing Tanderrum for ILBIJERRI Theatre Company. She continues to teach, dance and make movement with others as an independent artist.

Carly Sheppard
Carly Sheppard is an emerging cross disciplinary performance artist whose work encompasses dance and theatre performance, sculpture, drawing, voice and installation. Often these forms feature interchangeably within a single work, housed within the foundation of the moving body. Her work predominantly explores the experience of being a part of Australia’s Indigenous diaspora; and the concept of the ‘sovereign body’ as home for intersecting identities and the navigation of transgenerational inheritances.

Mariaa and Carly’s residencies are supported by Arts House in partnership with Sydney Opera House Presents

Jen Rae
Jen Rae is a Canadian Métis (Indigenous)/ Australian artist–researcher engaged in the discursive field of contemporary environmental art, and a scholar in arts-based environmental communication. Her creative practice and research interests are grounded in transdisciplinary collaborative methodologies and ecological futures thinking. She is cofounder and director of The Riparian Project, and a co-founder of Fair Share Fare, a multiplatform project that uses food as a medium to explore the complexities of climate change and provoke conversations around food system knowledge, future-preparedness and what it means to be resilient.

(The Listening Program Artist-in-Residence as part of Refuge)
wāni is a Congo-born, New-Zealand-raised and Melbourne-based poet with a flair for spoken word. He uses his artistic abilities to pursue his commitment to the flourishing of life and the telling of the untold, as well as the collective empowerment of those peoples too-often marginalised and too-rarely celebrated.

Jacqui Shelton
(The Listening Program Artist-in-Residence)
Jacqui Shelton is a Melbourne-based artist whose work engages with the politics and poetics of the voice and temporal relations. Spanning performance, video, sound, text and sculpture, her work uses the potential within words – both spoken and written – and their manifestation in a body, to approach political and social difference, as well as empathy. She is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University, and has exhibited at galleries in Australia and overseas including Incinerator Gallery, West Space, CareOf (Milan), Screen Space and Bus Projects.

Second Indigenous Choreographers Residency

Following the success of the first Residency in 2015, Arts House is pleased to host the second Indigenous Choreographers Residency.

The residency offers emerging and established Victorian Choreographers the opportunity to research, develop and share existing choreographic ideas and work towards producing new contemporary dance works.

Choreographers: Jacob Boehme – Co Curator, Ngioka Bunda-Heath, Mariaa Randall – Co Curator and Carly Sheppard.