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Punctum X Dancehouse On Residence 2024-25

A 2-part residency in Bendigo 2024, and Melbourne 2025

Amaara Raheem in collaboration with Djaara Country central Victoria video artist and photographer Leonie Van Eyk.
EOIs closed on Wed 15 May 2024

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Dancehouse and Punctum are delighted to announce a two-part On Residence for a regionally-based dance artist/s to develop an experiment across 2024 in Bendigo, and 2025 in Melbourne.

The Punctum X Dancehouse On Residence opportunity is for regionally-based artists undertaking experiments that connect with one or many layers of place.

This On Residence opportunity offers 4-weeks over two parts: Part 1 in 2024, is hosted by Punctum in association with Bendigo Venues and Events; Part 2 in 2025 is hosted by Dancehouse (the dates of Part 2 are negotiable). 

PART 1 | Punctum @ Bendigo | 2 weeks
Monday 9 September-Friday 20 September 2024
Engine Room, Bendigo Venues and Events

PART 2 | Dancehouse in Melbourne | 2 weeks
Time TBA 2025, Dancehouse, Melbourne

As partners, Punctum and Dancehouse are involved in the producing and support of the artist and their experiment at all stages. 

On Residence is a direct pathway to a future presentation with Dancehouse (from 2025 onwards) following On Residence.

Expressions of Interest close at 11:59pm, Wednesday 15 May 2024.

This On Residence

Artists are offered resources to enable a waged and expenses-paid residency. 

For each Part (1 & 2) of the PunctumXDancehouse On Residence, you are offered:

  • A cash fee of $2,500 (to be allocated in a way you see fit)
  • Access to 2 weeks of space with the host partner (Bendigo Venues and Events, and Dancehouse)
  • Accommodation provided nearby
  • If applicable, per diems for 2 weeks for 1 person at MEAA rates (currently $445.23 per week).

Artists may also leverage the opportunity or extend the residency through grants or their own resources.

Artists are welcome to apply from interstate but only ground travel within Victoria is available. No flights will be covered.

How to apply 

Artists may submit one expression of interest for this opportunity.

The EOI uses Airtable (you don’t need to log-in or set-up an account).

The Airtable form requires your basic contact information, and then requires you to attach either:

  • A 2-page document about your project (Word or PDF only)
  • A link to a downloadable 5-min video about your project (Vimeo, YouTube, WeTransfer only)


Your Project 

Your 2-page document or 5-min video should give Dancehouse and Punctum a clear sense of you and your project. 

It can be expressed in the format of your choosing and in a way that best supports you and your idea. You are welcome to include images, hyperlinks, writing, bios, visual material in Your Project attachment.

No budget is required.

The Punctum X Dancehouse On Residence opportunity is for: regionally-based artists undertaking experiments that connect with one or many layers of place.

Here are some prompts …

  • Tell us about you as an artist and your training and dance lineages
  • Tell us about the experiment/s you would like to undertake through On Residence 
  • What is your experiment?  
    • PROCESS? working at the limits of what can be achieved through your practice, taking risks, engaging in processes of trial-and-error, stepping into the unforeseen, not knowing where answers lie, failing safely.
    • TECHNIQUE/FORM? radical new techniques or forms that do not fit a central narrative of any given art-form or traditional approach.
    • INVENTION? not merely offering something different but engaging with a potential that the artist considers has been overlooked or excluded and can be shared with or adopted with or by others. 
  • How would like to work and spend your time in each Part? Please include both creative and practical information.
  • Is there a specific connection or relevance to place? Or, one of the sites On Residence. If so, please explain how.
  • Why this experiment now and how might audiences (at Dancehouse or beyond) engage with it?
  • What form might a presentation take: performances, public programs, films, events, installations, community engagement, publications, research sharing, lecture, seminar, workshop?
  • Do you have specific requirements or conditions for your residency e.g. working with collaborators, community or in larger groups, access needs, non-availability.

Selection Process

Dancehouse and Punctum will consult 1-2 independent dance artist advisors to appraise the proposals. Applicants many be invited to a short online zoom/ phone conversation for the partners to hear more about the project. 

Key Dates

  • Tue 16 April 2024:  Expressions of Interest OPEN
  • Wed 15 May 2024 (Midnight): Expressions of Interest CLOSE
  • June 2024:  Meet and Match discussions
  • July 2024:  On Residency Offer

  • 9-20 Sept 2024: PART 1: Bendigo at Engine Room
  • TBA Jan-July 2025: PART 2: Melbourne at Dancehouse 

For more specific information about the Residency spaces click the READ MORE section below.

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Residency Info Part 1: Bendigo

Punctum is a regionally based live arts company creating and producing award-winning productions and programs. They are research led and artist centred. By ‘live arts’, Punctum means performance and event experiments which reconsider traditional ways of being together and investigate new ways of engaging with audiences.

The entire Engine Room in partnership with Bendigo venues & Events. This includes  the downstairs Black Box space with wooden floor and retractable seating, downstairs office, downstairs Green Room/meeting room, upstairs light filled dance studio with wooden floor, and upstairs small office. Spaces have air conditioning.

All downstairs spaces are mixed ability accessible. The upstairs dance studio and 2nd small office are only accessible via stairs.

Monday September 9th up to and including Friday September 20th

Accommodation will be provided across the road from the Engine Room, Bendigo. Accommodation is a Studio (bedroom, lounge/kitchenette, bathroom, terrace) in partnership with Latrobe Arts Institute (LAI).

The Engine Room is a 5-minute walk to Bendigo’s centre, and a 15 minute walk or 5 min bus ride to Bendigo Railway Station. There is a train every hour to and from Melbourne. 


  • Support for the artist to locate to a relevant site/s for their practice enquiry
  • Connect, exchange, or workshop with local artists and communities
  • 3 x 3 hours of technical/production support. Basic equipment will be provided by the venue in and as available
  • access to Punctum’s regionally-based network of artists and suppliers
  • 6 hours of creative mentoring from Punctum Artistic Director Jude Anderson
  • Photographic documentation
  • Written response to sharing/ showing by a peer artist


  • Meeting with Punctum (and venue team) 
  • Introduction through your residency experiment with an appropriate member or members of the Dja Dja Wurrung (Punctum assists with this connection and supplies a dedicated budget for this)
  • Meeting with local communities of practice and/or community members relevant to the artistic enquiry
  • A public sharing in Bendigo: a showing/ conversation/ enquiry/ engagement at the end of the residency
  • A debrief conversation with Dancehouse and Punctum to discuss research and 2nd Part of the Residency

This opportunity is supported by Punctum and Dancehouse in partnership with Bendigo Venues and Events. On Residence was initiated in 2021 by Dancehouse in partnership with a network of regionally-based dance-loving organisations with support of the Playking Foundation.

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