2021 Orange House by the Sea Residency

Orange House by the Sea

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Chamber Made is now calling for applications for our 2021 Orange House by the Sea Artist Residency program for mid-career* cis and trans women, trans men, non-binary and gender-non-conforming artists^ who are working at the intersections of performance, sound and music. We welcome applications from artists of all backgrounds, and encourage First Nations artists, artists from diverse backgrounds and artists with disabilities to apply.

Monday 18 October – Friday 5 November 2021

We are thrilled to announce Biddy Connor as our 2021 Resident. Biddy is a composer, musician and performer and is the Artistic Director and viola player for The Letter String Quartet.

During the Orange House residency, Biddy will be exploring the sound environment of hospital treatment; in particular, questions of bodily comfort and discomfort in relation to how privacy is negotiated during periods of medical intervention. Biddy brings a rich practice history to the residency and we are excited to support this bold, new exploration.


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

This residency has been generously supported by the Playking Foundation and by the family of Margaret Cameron.


  • 3 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 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 to 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 and collaborators can be any gender as long as the lead artist(s) are women or gender-non-conforming). If you are working with collaborators it will be your responsibility to manage the division and allocation of the artist fee. The residency may be taken over a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 weeks (the stipend is a set amount).

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 18 October and Friday 5 November 2021. Unfortunately there can be no flexibility with these dates.


  • Applications are to be submitted on the Chamber Made website.
  • Applications close on Monday 12 July 2021, 11.59pm AEST.
  • The successful applicant will be decided and all applicants notified of the outcome by 6 August 2021.
  • Please email info ( at ) chambermade.org or phone (03) 9090 9075 with any questions.
  • Applications will be assessed by a panel of three practitioners:
    • Tamara Saulwick – Chamber Made Artistic Director
    • Emma Valente – Director, designer and dramaturg
    • Nat Grant – Sound artist and researcher


  • 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 and please note the sound system is very basic. 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.


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.

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.

Click here to read Margaret’s full biography on the Chamber Made website.


Interrogating the intersections of music, sound and contemporary performance, Chamber Made makes intimate works that defy, challenge and renegotiate artform boundaries, speaking directly to a 21st century Australia enriched by the meeting and intersection of cultures.

Chamber Made is renowned for cultivating adventurous collaborations between composers, sound artists, directors, performance-makers and media artists, disrupting and rewriting conventions to discover new forms of expression. 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 a specific group.

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

Applicants are required to be Australian residents.