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SAM Alumni Creative Residency & Grant

* Note: We are not running the SAM Alumni Residency in 2019. This page will be updated once we have more information for 2020.

We're proud to announce the recipient of the 2018 SAM Alumni Residency is David Williams! David will be developing Public Good (Parts 1-4), an epic expansion of his recent verbatim theatre works exploring workplace cultures. He's even put together a dream team of creatives, including Gail Priest, Rosalyn Oades, and Isabel Hudson, and we can't wait to have them all in the space here at Io Myers Studio!

The SAM Alumni Residency Program is an initiative from the School of the Arts & Media (SAM) and the Arts & Social Sciences Faculty to support our recent graduates in their professional creative endeavours. This flexible residency program is designed to support the development of a specific project and is open to Alumni from all disciplines in the School.

To be considered a recent graduate for this program, applicants need to have completed their studies between 2008 - 2017 inclusive.

Resident artist(s) will have access to SAM facilities and resources - depending on availability - for up to 4 weeks including rehearsal spaces, recording studios, audio-visual equipment, workshops, and props and costumes stores. You will benefit from access to the expertise of the staff in the UNSW Creative Practice Lab (CPL) and the UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Technical Resource Centre. This includes technical and production advice, access to industry networks, and design advice. We will also provide connection to relevant academic teaching and research staff where appropriate. Applicants will be able to shape their own residency, within the parameters of available resources.

Along with access to facilities and resources, the selected artist(s) will be awarded a grant up to $5,000.

If you’re unsure of any aspect please discuss your application with the CPL: or 9385 5684 

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

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Application Checklist

A step by step guide...

Check your eligibility. 

Download the application form. This is a Word Doc you will edit and email to the CPL. The form will ask you for:

  • Who you are - name, contacts, etc.
  • Graduate details - major/degree/Honours/PhD, year you graduated, student number (if known)
  • Project description - 200-300 words max.
  • Facilities and resources - outline what you intend to use. SAM managed and your own. 
  • Connection to SAM - how you will engage with the School. 
  • Support material - CV, bios, video and photo documentation of previous work(s).
  • Budget - a template is provided.
  • Schedule - how you'll use your time. Template provided. 
  • Prefered dates - subject to availabilities. 

Download the application form

Email the completed form to Include supporting material as links or uploaded to the SAM Dropbox (link on the form). We will send you a confirmation email - please check with us if you don't receive a confirmation. 
Applications now closed

We will contact you mid-June. 

Key Dates

Applications Open: Thursday 3 May 2018

Applications Close: Sunday 3 June 2018 at midnight

Recipients Announced: Mid-June 2018

Residency availability period: From Mid-June to End-December 2018 depending on availability of facilities and resources.


Major, Degree, Honours, PhD
The SAM Alumni Residency Program is open to creative practitioners who have graduated from UNSW Australia and completed a major, degree, honours program and/or PhD in the School of the Arts & Media (SAM) or its previous school structures.

School Structures and Names
The previous school structures are: School of English, Media and Performing Arts; School of Media and Communications, Film and Theatre; School of Theatre, Film and Dance; School of English; School of Music; School of Media.

All Disciplines
Studies can have been in any discipline within SAM. The disciplines are: Creative Writing, Dance, English and Literary Studies, Film Studies, Media and Communications, Music, and Theatre and Performance.

Graduates who completed their studies between 2008 - 2017 inclusive are eligible to apply.

Professional Practice
You need to have completed at least one professional creative output (eg. a paid production/performance; publication; public film screening; exhibition; commissioned music composition; music recording; etc). If unsure please contact us at

Selection Criteria

Your Creative Practice
The artist’s or artists’ demonstrated record as a creative practitioner in their chosen field(s).

Project Ambition
The project’s ambition (how it fits into a larger project and/or your artistic trajectory).

Project Feasibility
Feasibility - whether you can do what you are planning to do within the timeframe and resources available.

Connection to SAM
How the project connects with the School of the Arts & Media (SAM) teaching and research (see the SAM website).

Engagement & Feedback

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the disciplines in SAM?

Creative Writing
English and Literary Studies
Film Studies
Media and Communications
Theatre and Performance

Can groups apply?


What if I’m part of a group and the only SAM Alumni?

This is fine as long as the SAM Alumni is a key member of the group.

What if I work across disciplines?

Artists who work within a focused discipline or across a range of disciplines are welcome.

Available Resources

Available resources:

  • Rehearsal spaces - read more about our venues here
  • Io Myers Studio - flexible flat floor performance studio (if available)
  • Studio One – black box performance and rehearsal studio (if available)
  • Sound recording studios
  • Stop-motion animation studio
  • Music rehearsal rooms
  • Audio-visual equipment (video cameras, video and slide projectors, theatre and film lights, sound recording equipment)
  • Props and costumes

If you have any questions please contact us at

Selection Process

Assessment of Applications
Applications will be assessed by UNSW academic and professional staff, from the faculty and school, and an invited industry representative.

All applicants will be notified mid-June 2018. TIming is dependant on the number of applications and the selection process.

Previous Recipients

Read below about the previous recipients and their works. 

2018 Recipient : David Williams

David Williams

David Williams: Public Good

David will be in the Creative Practice Lab spaces in early November 2018, developing his project Public Good (Parts 1-4). The residency will be an epic expansion of his recent verbatim theatre works exploring workplace cultures. He's put together a dream team of creatives, including Gail Priest, Rosalyn Oades, and Isabel Hudson - and we can't wait to have them all in the space here at Io Myers Studio!

Explore more about David's previous work on his website.

2017 Co-Recipients : Sonya Holowell & Elia Bosshard

Three Voices

Sonya Holowell & Elia Bosshard: Three Voices

We are developing the musical work Three Voices by Morton Feldman, to be performed within a theatrical, concert framework. There will be 3 performances at Sydney Fringe Festival in mid-September 2017. The performance will be documented to develop a media package that will be presented to potential host venues for a national tour of the work in 2018.

Three Voices is a rarely-performed work of 50 minutes duration for 1 live singer & 2 pre-recorded vocal parts. Our performance explores how sudden life events can deeply affect the human psyche & alter our perception of the world. We are inspired by the delayed entry of the lyrics “Who’d have thought that snow falls,” & Sonya’s personal discovery of her Australian Indigenous heritage. Both cases involve a collision of known & unknown worlds, histories & identities, and evoke questions of reconciliation.

The venue provided by Sydney Fringe Festival is a unique space. It is a 1600m2 commercial warehouse to be used as a flexible black box space. The acoustics are a phenomenal addition to the work’s concept, allowing the 3 voices to resonate across the cavernous space.

Our wider artistic objective is to revolutionise the stigma of 20th-21st Century classical music as being a foreign & niche listening experience, by reforming concert structure, challenging & subverting conventions, audience relationships to & perceptions of classical performance.

This performance will be a notable signifier of our long-term artistic intentions & will be an important addition to our portfolio of work. Considering its earnest reception so far & the sizeable undertaking of this project, we feel 'Three Voices' has strong touring potential, also giving it a deserving longevity. 

2017 Co-Recipients : Nick Atkins, Kevin Ng, Ryan McGoldrick


Nick Atkins, Kevin Ng, Ryan McGoldrick: Little Business

It’s none of yours but it’s all of ours.

Filibuster is a next-generation political theatre company from performance-makers Nick Atkins, Ryan McGoldrick and Kevin Ng. We tell stories for the mini-masses in order to remember, re-mobilise and re-materialise the modern political mess.

Filibuster is hosting four Long Table performances from August to November at Customs House as part of City of Sydney’s Late Night Library series. These performances bring 12 participants into dialogue with 3 artists curated on a monthly basis. Hosted by the Filibuster team, each performance ambitiously seeks to ‘fix’ democracy and documents the group's inevitable failure. These are the people. This is our table. At the conclusion of The People’s Table we will have; audio recordings, written materials, testimonies and provocations from the participants as well as carry between us a gut instinct on the state of democracy in the city of Sydney.

We want to make a new show. After listening to the electorate and gathering our data, the Filibuster team plans to hack its way through the first stage development of a new performance informed by the findings of The People’s Table. What form this performance takes is up for grabs. We’re inspired by Version 1.0, Roslyn Oades, pvi Collective and Punch Drunk. In search of form and function, we plan to riff on materials from The People’s Table - organising the texts we’ve gathered, writing new material off the back of it, experimenting with the audio content captured and distilling the lessons learned. 

2016 Recipient : Mish Grigor

Mish Grigor

Mish Grigor

March | Io Myers Studio 

“I remember the year 2020, I remember the flood. I remember the internet. I remember the artists who loved the internet. I remember that all fondly. I remember the end of it all, the end of the storage of information, then the end of information. I remember the day that we realised that we had to end history. I remember the end of history.”  

During their residency at UNSW Mish Grigor and Jess Olivieri will develop SITUATION – TRAGEDY a work that will play with narrative and the end of narrative. SITUATION – TRAGEDY will activate the stage using improvised text, and disembodied voices. Improvised instructions for audiences will be used to drive the narrative and performance. The work developed will continue an ongoing collaboration between the two artists.

2015 Recipient : Anya McKee

Anya McKee

Anya McKee

Dancer and choreographer Anya McKee, who has performed with the likes of Kate Champion’s Force Majeure, has been chosen as the inaugural UNSW School of the Arts and Media (SAM) alumni resident artist.

Anya will use the $5000 stipend and campus facilities that come with the position to develop a new work with dancer and aerialist Lee-Anne Litton.