Artist Training and Development

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Coming up:

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is welcoming applications from professional artists for our Artist in Residence Program, 2021. The program is open to professional independent artists and groups and can relate to puppetry in a multitude of ways.

Spare Parts supports fearless, imaginative and relevant puppetry works that create a safe space for audiences to celebrate the world and their humanity. We are excited about works that captivate and stimulate an audience emotionally and offer opportunities for greater participation, expression and agency. We embrace exploration and experimentation with new performance languages.

The program offers a two-week residency at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle and includes use of rehearsal/performance space, technical equipment, workshop/making facilities and support from company artistic staff. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will contribute financially to the costs of the project up to $2500.

Projects may be in their early stages of formation or may have already undergone some development and can be for any audience. Works that show potential to be developed for presentation by Spare Parts in a future season will be given special consideration and priority will be given to Western Australian artists.

The program will be accessed by a two staged application process. Stage One is an Expression of Interest briefly addressing the selection criteria:

  • A vision statement articulating your concept, including how your project explores puppetry
  • The focus of the residency within the overall development of your project
  • Envisaged outcomes of the residency
  • Potential for future development and/or presentation
  • Reflection and evaluation process
  • A budget outlining fees and materials required

At Stage Two shortlisted artists will pitch their project to a selection panel.


Stage One EOI closing date: 15 January 2021
Stage Two pitches: Early February 2021

The timing of the residency is flexible and can be negotiated between the artist and Spare Parts.

For more information or to discuss your proposal please contact
Michael Barlow asd@sppt.asn.au
or Philip Mitchell ad@sppt.asn.au
Or call us on (08) 9335 5044