The Warehouse Residency

The Warehouse Residency is Arts House’s new Disability-led residency and commissioning program focusing on experimental projects presented at North Melbourne Town Hall.

Expressions of Interest for this program closed Thursday 14 October 2021.

The Warehouse Residency centres and celebrates D/deaf, Disabled, neurodiverse and chronically ill artists, curators, collectives and their collaborating allies. Two opportunities are available each year for five years, so that creatives can grow their practices in self determined and sustainable ways. 

The Warehouse Residency has been co-devised by six D/deaf, Disabled and neurodiverse artists – Luke King, Hannah Morphy-Walsh, Pauline Vetuna, Jonathan Craig, Kath Duncan and Eva Sifis, alongside Arts Access Victoria and Arts House. The group collectively decided on the following guiding principles:

  • Respect the wisdom that lived experiences brings
  • Be artist-led and self-determined
  • Support multiple-marginalised disabled people
  • Embrace flexibility and choice, and be responsive to the individual
  • Create an environment of safety and care
  • Support risk-taking and experimentation

We want to support the diversity of lived experiences in the disability community and particularly encourage multiple-marginalised disabled people to apply. 

Participants receive a dedicated studio space at North Melbourne Town Hall for 3-months, fees, equipment, production expertise, consultation and mentor support, with presentation as part of Arts House’s program in 2022. 

Read the following for more details:

Key Dates

  • EOIs close: Thursday 14 October, 5pm AEST
  • Arts House Annual Call-Out Info Session: Tuesday 21 September, 5.30pm
  • Arts House Call-Out Access Info session 2pm Wednesday 22 September 2021 
  • The Gathering Arts Access Victoria hosted Session: Tuesday 28 September, 2.30pm
  • Notification of short-listed artists: Thursday 25 November
  • Selection meetings with short-listed artists: Thursday 2 – Friday 10 December
  • Final Notifications: mid-December

2022 Residency Dates and Available Spaces

Option 1
Residency: March – May in the Warehouse
Presentation: August in a Studio or the Warehouse, with an option for other uses of the building

Option 2
Residency: June – August in Warehouse
Presentation: November in a Studio or the Warehouse, with an option for other uses of the building

Venue information:


The Warehouse Residency is a development and presentation program for Victorian-based artists, curators and collectives. Projects are presented 3 months after the residency at Arts House.

Each project receives:

  • $25,000 cash for creative fees and materials and $4,000 budget for access services and support
  • 3 months residency and up to 1 month presentation
  • Paid support for a consultant / mentor and separate consultation session to explore embedding access into the project

Arts House covers the costs of production, technical crew, front of house, marketing and publicity.

How to apply

We want you to apply in the format that is easiest for you. You can submit these formats through the SmartyGrants application system:

  • Written
  • Video
  • Auslan video (we can arrange interpretation of your video if needed) 
  • Audio message

Please get in touch with us prior to the closing date if you need to submit your application outside of the SmartyGrants system or via a recorded zoom for access reasons.

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

Expressions of Interest for this program closed Thursday 14 October 2021.

Arts House’s Call-Out Info Session

Got a Question?

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

Sarah Rowbottam, Creative Producer
0447 570 178 (text only) 03 9322 3720 (voice only)

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 (www.internet-relay.nrscall.gov.au) – then type in – 03 9322 3720


Header image: Imagined Touch by Jodee Mundy Collaborations, Photo by Bryony Jackson

Image description: An image of two Deafblind female performers, both with brown hair, standing on a stage with a flame-red curtain backdrop. Each performer is connected  to a tactile sign language interpreter who are both dressed from head to toe in red. One interpreter is signing into the hands of one performer while the other interpreter is doing social haptic communication upon the back of the second performer. Each person has different facial expressions of joy, mischief and surprise. 



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