2018 Orange House by the Sea Artist Residency

Orange House by the Sea

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Chamber Made is thrilled to announce our new residency program for mid-career women artists who are working across performance, sound and music.

Located on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, the Orange House by the Sea is the beautiful home of the late artist Margaret Cameron.

Margaret worked closely with Chamber Made during her life. She was a singular and extraordinary artist who made works for performance. It was her wish that after her death her home be used as an artist-in-residence program. We are so pleased to be able to carry the torch of Margaret’s generosity – and that of her family – in curating and managing this residency.

The pilot program for this residency is generously supported by the Hugh Williamson Foundation and by the family of Margaret Cameron. 

UPDATE 14 AUGUST: We are thrilled to announce Carolyn Connors as the inaugural recipient of the residency.

Applications for 2018 are now closed. They will re-open late 2018 for the 2019 residency.


  • 2 weeks accommodation at The Orange House by the Sea
  • $3,000 artist fee (an additional contribution towards child care is available if required)
  • Access to a Melbourne-based industry mentor


The residency is open to mid-career women* artists (10+ years practice in their artform) who are making, researching or developing work located at the intersection of performance, sound and music.

There is no public outcome associated with the residency. You will be required to submit a report of progress / findings with Chamber Made.

Applications are invited from individuals who will enter into an agreement with Chamber Made for the residency. Artists may take up the residency solo or with a small team of collaborators (up to three people in total). If you are working with collaborators it will be your responsibility to manage the division and allocation of the artist fee.

This opportunity is open to artists who are residents of Australia only. There is no additional travel stipend available so you will need to cover your own travel expenses to and from the residency.


The residency will take place between Monday 8 October and Friday 19 October 2018. Unfortunately there can be no flexibility with these dates.


  • Applications are to be submitted via an online form on the Chamber Made website.
  • Applications will be assessed by a panel including:
    Tamara Saulwick – Chamber Made Artistic Director
    Genevieve Lacey – Recorder Virtuoso, Cross Artform Collaborator & Artistic Director
    Rosemary Joy – Producer, Artist and Long Term Associate of Margaret Cameron
  • Applications close on Friday 15 June 2018, 11.59pm AEST.
  • The successful applicant will be decided and all applicants notified of the outcome by 31 July 2018.
  • There will be a second residency offered in early 2019. Dates for this will be released later this year.
  • Please email info ( at ) chambermade.org or phone (03) 9090 9075 with any questions.


  • Demonstrated experience of over 10 years in performing arts practice
  • Established engagement with cross-artform practice – particularly working across the areas of performance/theatre, sound art and art music.
  • Clear articulation of the focus of the residency period (whether project focused or otherwise)
  • Potential impact of the residency on the applicant’s artistic practice


The Orange House by the Sea (also known as ‘Crickneck’) is a beautiful house in Indented Head on the Belleraine Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. This house was the location where most of Margaret Cameron’s works and many of her collaborations were developed. Like Margaret herself, the house is truly individual. It has bright orange and hot pink weatherboards with crisp-white interiors and a view of the ever-changing sea. The 20 years of creative energy that pulses through the house is palpable and exciting.

The house includes:

  • 3 x bedrooms with queen beds
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • seasonal vegetable garden
  • TV/DVD player
  • stereo system
  • large surrounding deck
  • hydronic heating
  • open wood fire
  • wireless internet

There is no other AV equipment supplied. Artists will need to bring all of their own music and electronic equipment.

The house is a short walk from Indented Head front beach and the Indented Head general store and is a short drive from the townships of Portarlington and St Leonards.

For more information about the house, please see its AirBNB listing.


Margaret Cameron was a Melbourne based performance artist, director and writer with experience in a wide variety of performance contexts, both nationally and internationally. Margaret was Resident Director at Chamber Made Opera Melbourne (2010-12). Projects created in association with the company included: Chamber Made Opera’s very first Living Room Opera The ItchThe Minotaur Trilogy and Opera for a small mammal. Margaret received numerous awards throughout her life including the prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Theatre Fellowship in 2004, and The Louis Esson Prize for Drama for Knowledge and Melancholy, Victorian Premiers Literary Awards 1998. Click here to read Margaret’s full biography on the Chamber Made website.


Chamber Made operates at the nexus of contemporary performance, music and sound to make intimate works that grapple with the resonant themes of our times. The company is renowned for redefining artform boundaries and producing works that emerge from a deep collaborative dialogue across artform disciplines. Bringing contemporary composition and performance dramaturgy together in ever-shifting forms, our works have been presented in theatres, recital halls, lounge-rooms, galleries, and online

Chamber Made offers a provocation for musicians, composers, sound artists, theatre directors and performance-makers who wish to explore beyond the borders of their artform and, through collaboration, to deepen and re-imagine the possibilities of their practice. In addition to creating new works, Chamber Made is dedicated to making an enduring contribution to the broader Australian performing arts landscape. We create a locale for engagement, research, collaboration and innovation in cross-artform practice.

*NOTE: This project is a ‘Special Measure’ under Section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 – meaning it can direct its focus towards women only. It is also open to artists who identify as non-binary in their gender identification.

Current staff and board members of Chamber Made are not eligible to apply.

Applicants are required to be Australian residents.