Hi-Viz Satellites LAB call-out for Australian artists

Hi-Viz Practice Exchange

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Hi-Viz Satellites is an international program probing new spaces, practices and modes of making in contemporary performance. The program’s 2023 focus is on cross-cultural and cross-artform exchange and collaboration between Singapore and Australian artists. It will take the form of three hosted and facilitated virtual LABS and an in-person LAB over five days in Australia with the view of two collaborations being commissioned for further development in 2024.

If you are a performance maker, theatre director, composer, sound artist or a mix of all these, Chamber Made (Melbourne, Australia), with Punctum Inc (Central Victoria, Australia), and SAtheCollective (Singapore) invite you to the 2023 Hi-Viz Satellites practice exchange LAB program.

EOIs have now closed

Who can apply?

Women and gender-diverse artists who are interested in cross-artform, collaborative practice (e.g., theatre makers, directors, sound artists, composers, multidisplinary).*

Up to sixteen artists artists from Australia and East and South East Asia will be selected for the LABS program.

All artists, including First Nations artists, CALD artists, artists with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

PLEASE NOTE: Chamber Made is seeking FOUR artists who have participated in, and / or attended past Hi-Viz Practice Exchange events.

What does the program involve?

  • Three virtual LABS of three hours each, held online and facilitated by established artists from Australia and Singapore.
  • A five-day in-person LAB residency in Victoria. Please note that participating artists will need to provide their own travel to Melbourne, ground transport and daily expenses for the week. Chamber Made will support any applications for travel grants to participate in this program.

Hi-Viz Satellites LAB is a paid program and participating Australian artists will receive:

  • a stipend of AUD $1,250 across the full LAB program
  • accomodation in Melbourne for the in-person LAB if required
  • practice guidance with experienced artists
  • expanded reach and support for new work collaboration

What are the LAB dates?

  • EOI applications open 23 March 2023
  • Applications close 17 April 11.59pm AEST 2023
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 28 April 2023
  • Virtual LABS will be three three-hour facilitated Saturday sessions held in May, July, and September 2023
  • An in-person LAB taking place over five days in November 2023 (potentially week of 13 or 20 November)

Dates of virtual and in-person LABS will be confirmed before May 2023. We will update on this page and via social media.

About Hi-Viz Satellites

Hi-Viz Practice Exchange is a powerful tool for building communities of practice around cross-artform work. From its inception in 2018 the program has grown and expanded over the years to connect artists across time and geographies in meaningful dialogue and exchange.

Hi-Viz Practice Exchange was initiated in response to a gap in the sector. Chamber Made Artistic Director Tamara Saulwick had identified how rare it was for artists working at the intersections of music, sound, theatre and performance to have the opportunity to meet and share practice.

And so, the concept of Hi-Viz was born. Interest was so enthusiastic for the pilot program in 2018 that registrations had to be capped, with more than 70 artists attending a day of panel discussions, a keynote address and multiple practice sharing and networking activities. In 2019 the program expanded to include a second day with interactive workshops. The event moved online for 2020 and 2021- quadrupling its attendance and extending its reach to well beyond the boundaries of metro Melbourne. The program was recognised by a Victorian Green Room Award in the category of Artist-Led Actions (actions that showed leadership, foregrounded care, voice, community and making urgent change).

In 2022 Chamber Made began a three-year partnership with SAtheCollective, in Singapore, and Punctum Inc., in Castlemaine Victoria, to deliver Hi-Viz Satellites, connecting artists from metro Melbourne, regional Victoria and SE Asia.

The Hi-Viz LAB is part of this three-year Hi-Viz Satellites program, which offers a unique opportunity for a selected cohort of artists to take a deep dive into cross-artform collaboration and intercultural practice exchange.

How can I apply?

EOIs have now closed

You will be asked to respond to three points:

  • Briefly describe your artistic practice (250 words)
  • What interests you about cross-cultural and cross artform collaboration? (250 words)
  • How does it connect to your current practice and creative process? (250 words)

And provide URLS linking to artistic support material.

Video responses will be assessed the same as written responses. The assessors will not consider the quality of the video, only the content. A video shot on a phone or similar is suitable – you do not need a professional filming set-up as long as the recording is audible.

What is the assessment process?

Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising the Artistic Directors of the three partner companies

If you have any questions please email info ( at ) chambermade.org (Melbourne) or hq ( at ) punctum.com.au (regional Victoria).

Hi-Viz Satellites LAB program is supported by the Australian Office of the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts.

*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.