CultureLAB X BlakDance

CultureLAB X BlakDance

Please note, applications for CultureLAB are currently closed. 

For this creative development opportunity, Arts House and BlakDance invited applications from Melbourne-based First Nations dancers, choreographers, dance-theatremakers, movement-based artists and collectives. This opportunity supports First Nations artists working with cultural or contemporary movement practices to research, develop and create new work through a self-determined process. Works can be at any stage of development.

Arts House are a festival partner of an upcoming dance festival and this is a pipeline opportunity to present at the next festival in 2025, or 2027.

Arts House will provide:

  • ​​Up to $20,000 fee contribution
  • Hosting and organising local protocols with Traditional Owners at commencement of activity
  • Dedicated studio time between 2 and 5 weeks duration
  • Technical equipment and production support
  • Line producing
  • Creative producing support where appropriate
  • Collective workshopping and gathering moments hosted by artistic peers and cultural leaders
  • Follow-up artist care session post-development with a QTPOC counsellor

BlakDance will provide:

  • Pre planning including artists use of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) at the outset with BlakDance
  • Network building through BlakDance’s curatorial and artistic communities, supporting next stage or onward bound mobilisation
  • Co-design the cultural framework for the residency
  • An opportunity to share practice through an artist talk or public program
  • Optional online critical response process event
  • Evaluation framework and design


Key Dates

  • EOI’s opened: Thursday 15 September, 9am AEST 
  • EOI’s closed: Thursday 20 October, 5pm AEST 
  • Notification of selected artists: Wednesday 7 December  

Information sessions and EOI support

Arts House and Arts Access Victoria hosted a number of general application support and information sessions.

Learn more here

Arts Access Victoria is also offering EOI support.
Please contact: info@artsaccess.com.au or phone 03 9699 8299 (voice only)

How to apply

Please note, applications are currently closed. Those who contacted us ahead of the closing date to request an extension may still submit up to the agreed date.

Please note that a proposed budget must have been included to assess project viability. Download the budget template in Excel.

About BlakDance

BlakDance is a national industry organisation for First Nations dancers and choreographers. This creative development opportunity responds to our programming priorities based on research identifying First Nations Dance sector priorities, specifically increasing residency opportunities nationally via partnerships with culturally safe and competent organisations, and fostering artist exchange. Arts House has undertaken BlakDance’s cultural competency self assessment audit to ensure the partnership upholds best practices and enables a culturally-safe and relevant experience.

Got a question?

If you have read our documents and attended the Information Session, but still have questions, please contact: 

Olivia Anderson
Arts House Program Manager
0447 570 178 (text only)
(03) 9322 3720

Tom Pritchard
BlakDance Senior Producer 
0451 262 152

National Relay Service (NRS)
TTY users: phone 13 36 77 – then ask for – 03 9322 3720
Speak and Listen users: phone 1300 555 727 – then ask for – 03 9322 3720
Internet relay users: connect to the NRS (internet-relay.nrscall.gov.au) – then type in – 03 9322 3720


Image Credit: Weredingo by Karul, Sept 2021, Metro Arts Brisbane Festival. Image by Simon Woods
Image Description: Four dancers are standing in a group in the centre of a dark lit stage with four spotlights above them. The person on the right is kneeling and their mouth is open as if they are yelling. 

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