Industry Connections

image: Prof. Ed Scheer and Stephanie Rosenthal, Dir. 2016 Biennale of Sydney talk about performance curation
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Our university isn’t separate from artists and creative organisations. Renowned artists frequent our rehearsal studios and spaces, students are imbedded in media companies learning on the job. Through residencies, internships, long-standing partnerships, we work together, exploring and creating the future of the arts and media.

We are proud to partner with premier organisations across all our disciplines. You'll see our academic and professional staff appearing in major festivals as panellists, curators, advisors, creative contributors and presenting artists. Researchers work with organisations and artists leading thoughtful inquiry and innovating practices.

The School is home to the UNSW Creative Practice Lab, a unit with long-standing industry relationships working with partners to support key artistic residencies and creative research.

Students can take advantage of our connections through the internship program and exclusive opportunities provided by our partners. Subscribe to the SAM Newsletter to hear about opportunities as they arise (SAM students are automatically subscribed).

Some of the organisations we have been delighted to work over the last few years include: Ausdance NSWCarriageworks, Critical Path, Felix MediaGriffin Theatre, Performance Space, Performing LinesPACT centre for emerging artists, and Shopfront Contemporary Arts for under 25s.

If you would like to connect with us, please contact us:

School of the Arts and Media
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UNSW Creative Practice Lab
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UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Partnerships

Sydney Writers FestivalSydney Writers Festival

In 2015 UNSW played host to international fictional maestro Evie Wyld and the world-renowned Shakespearean scholar Sir Jonathon Bate in conversation with Bell Shakespeare Company’s John Bell.

UNSW’s Professor James Donald tuned into the syncopated and sensual jazz era. Paul Dawson grilled new fiction talents Anna Westbrook and Ellen Van Neerven on their craft, while comic writers Zoe Coombs Marr, Zoe Norton Lodge and Vanessa Alexander jousted for laughs.

Visit the Sydney Writers' Festival website.

Sydney Film FestivalSydney Film Festival

The Sydney Film Festival is one of the most exciting and dynamic events on Sydney's cultural calendar.

In 2015 UNSW Arts & Social Sciences announced a new partnership with the Sydney Film Festival as screening partner of the Features Program, which showcases the very best new cinema from around the world.

This partnership offers Arts & Social Sciences students a number of opportunities including access to the festival's internship program and the opportunity to showcase their work on the Sydney Film Festival YouTube channel. The Festival program also featured a number of exciting events incorporating UNSW scholars and alumni.

Visit the Sydney Film Festival website.

Visit the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences website.

School of the Arts & Media Partnerships

Performance_Space_logoPerformance Space

SAM is delighted to partner with Performance Space for highly sought-after residency programs.

Performance Space champions risk, experimentation, and new modes of creative expression. They continue to evolve and renew to meet the needs of the independent sector and explore new models for developing and presenting the most critical and important new work.

The breadth of their organisational and artistic activity is informed and underpinned by a commitment to diversity. Performance Space embraces a diversity of artistic and cultural perspectives as being fundamental to a vibrant and engaging experimental arts culture.

Subscribe to the Performance Space mailing list for all the latest developments, including opportunities to participate in upcoming labs and residencies.

Critical PathCritical Path

Since 2008 SAM has partnered with Critical Path to host the UNSW Dance Research Residency Program. 

Critical Path supports choreographic innovation through a robust program which creates opportunities for choreographers to explore new ways of working, develop new collaborations and engage in debate and critical appreciation of dance. Best practice in artistic research is incorporated into every aspect of their diverse program.

They value artistic integrity and diversity of people and practice, placing particular import on courage and innovation in arts practice and value the profound creative potential of risk-taking. Critical Path are a ‘centre’: a place where the independent dance sector can congregate, share, discover, cross-fertilise, debate and critique.

Media Internships

Students have the opportunity to connect with a wide variety of organisations including those below. 
Click here for more information on ARTS3007: Media Internships

UnicefSydney Film FestivalABCFairfax

RedcrossRandom HouseSBSCancer Council

Thomas ReutersOglivyShowtimeAmnesty International

Performing Arts Internships

Students have the opportunity to connect with a wide variety of organisations including those below.
Click here for more information on ARTS3013: Performing Arts Internships.

Australia Council Accessible Arts Bangarra Dance Theatre Sydney Opera House

Arts NSW Performance Space Sydney Theatre Company Carriageworks

Regional Arts NSW PACT Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sydney Festival