Hi-Viz Satellites LAB call-out for Singapore artists

Photo credit: Diana Domonkos

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, SAtheCollective (Singapore), with Punctum Inc (Central Victoria, Australia), and Chamber Made (Melbourne, Australia) invite you to the 2023 Hi-Viz Satellites practice exchange LAB Program.

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).*

Sixteen places are available in the LAB program: eight for Australian artists and eight for East and SE Asian artists.

What does the program involve?

  • Three virtual LABS of three hours each. These will be held online and facilitated by established artists from Australia and Singapore
  • A five-day in-person LAB residency in Australia

Please note that the LABs will be conducted in English

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

  • a stipend of AUD $1,250 (about SGD1,120) across the full LAB program
  • support for travel to Melbourne for the in-person LAB
  • practice guidance with experienced artists
  • expanded reach and support for new work collaboration

Singaporean artists may choose to apply for the National Arts Council’s Capability Development Grant to support their travels to Melbourne.  For more information about the grant, please visit this website.

SAtheCollective shall support participants in their grant application by offering 30 minute clinic sessions. Please email contact ( at ) sathecollective.org to enquire further.

What are the LAB dates?

  • EOI applications open Friday 17 March
  • Applications close at 5pm AEDT on Saturday 1 April
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Thursday 6 April
  • Virtual LABS will be three three-hour facilitated sessions held in May, July, and September
  • 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.

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?

Submit your application via this link –

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 past practice and creative processes?(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 natalie ( at ) sathecollective.

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.