Orange House by the Sea Artist Residency

Photo credit: Lisa Businovski

The Orange House by the Sea Artist residency program is for mid-career women and non-binary artists who are working at the intersections of 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.

This residency is generously supported by the Hugh Williamson Foundation and by the family of Margaret Cameron.

2021 Resident: Biddy Connor

2020 Resident: Rebecca Jensen

2019 Resident: Thembi Soddell and Onyx B Carmine

“The residency met my expectations and exceeded it. Onyx and I spent our time together discussing our repertoire of works and research, sharing writing and sound compositions, and seeding ideas for how we might merge our practices. Living together gave us time to go deep. This was of extreme value to both my own development as a solo artist and in discovering how we might work together. I feel grateful and lucky to have gotten such deep insight into the rigour and detail behind Onyx’s practice.”

Thembi Soddell

2018 Resident: Carolyn Connors

“The residency was a rare time to reach into my musical and performance future, to discover ideas, works and processes that don’t yet exist, some of which will come into fruition over the next 2 years.”

Carolyn Connors


  • 2-3 weeks accommodation at The Orange House by the Sea (duration to be decided in consultation between the recipient and Chamber Made)
  • $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 and non-binary* 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. 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.


  • Applications are submitted via an online form on the Chamber Made website.
  • Applications will be assessed by a panel including:
    Tamara Saulwick – Chamber Made Artistic Director
    and two external artists


  • 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.

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 a specific group. This event welcomes all cis and trans women, trans men and non-binary folk.

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

Applicants are required to be Australian residents.