Little Operations 2024 Expression of Interest

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Rebecca Bracewell Little Operations 2022: Image by Kate Disher-Quill

Little Operations is Chamber Made’s emerging artist development program.

For our 2024 Little Operations artist we are seeking Expressions of Interest. Applications close Friday 17 November 2023 11.59 p.m. AEDT.

Little Operations is a twelve-month program which supports emerging artists to develop their artistic ideas while providing professional development support and mentorship around the many other associated skills required to sustain a long-term career in the arts.

We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and/or People of Colour, Deaf and Disabled people, and people from LGBTQIA+ communities.

This residency has been generously supported by Chamber Made donors.

Please contact us at Chamber Made via info ( at ) if you have any access needs in terms of completing your application.


A twelve-month artist-led program to begin the development of a new work which concludes in a small public showing of a work-in-progress. Little Operations is both a creative and professional development opportunity which includes:

  • Creative development support and guidance such as artistic mentoring, dramaturgical approaches, process methodologies, creative skills building
  • Professional development support such as budgeting, fundraising, grant proposals, scheduling, technical and project management, producing
  • $3,000 artist fee
  • Ongoing access to Chamber Made staff and resources


Little Operations is open to an emerging artist who is making, researching or developing work located at the intersection of performance, sound and music.

We define an emerging artist as someone in the first five years of professional practice. 

This opportunity is open to artists who are Victorian residents and are available  to be in Melbourne for meetings, development periods and for their Little Operations showing.


The Chamber Made office is based in North Melbourne (Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country) at The Meat Market. Development periods will take place in a studio (TBC) that is convenient for the artists and Chamber Made. 


Selection criteria

  • Demonstrated experience of up to five years in a performing arts practice
  • Interest in cross-artform practice – particularly working across the areas of performance/theatre, sound art and experimental music.
  • Clear articulation of the project you’d be developing during Little Operations.
  • Potential impact of the residency on the applicant’s artistic practice and career.

Applications will be assessed by a panel of three practitioners:

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 1 December 2023.

Please email info ( at ) with any questions.


My proposal is to work on a music project, is that the right fit for this residency? 

It depends. If you are interested in exploring how your music project intersects with other artforms, this might be a fit. We are particularly interested in projects and practice that take place at the intersections between performance, sound and music.

What do you mean by ‘performance’?

By ‘performance’ we are referring to ‘contemporary performance’ or theatre related practices, as distinct from the performance of music.

I come out of a choreographic practice. Is this considered to align with the Chamber Made remit? 

Broadly speaking no, with the exception of when a choreographic artist is considering how their practice intersects with or is extended by text, sound or music.

Does Chamber Made make musical theatre, opera or cabaret?

No. We make contemporary performance works at the intersections of sound, performance and music. To get a sense of our works, you can look through our website at past works, or view our recent company trailer.

Can I apply with a group or is Little Operations only for individual artists?

Applications are invited from individuals who will enter into an agreement with Chamber Made for the Little Operations engagement. This does not exclude the possibility of the artist working with collaborators on their project. 

Are there any other restrictions as to who can apply?

Current staff and board members of Chamber Made are not eligible to apply. Applicants are required to be Australian residents. There is no funding available to cover travel costs.