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Situate 2022-23: Applications open

Open now ~ Central Australian artists are invited to apply to a program spanning 2022-3, presented in partnership between Watch This Space, Situate (TAS) and West Space (VIC). This major opportunity supports a local artist to develop and tour a new work in SITUATE 22-23 as part of a small cohort of artists selected by regional arts organisations across Australia. The program includes funded travel to Tasmania twice in 2022 to participate in Situate arts labs, access to mentorship of the artist’s choosing here in Mparntwe-Alice Springs, project support from Watch This Space and West Space, and support from Situate to present the new work in Tasmania in 2023.

The artist will also be supported to present an iteration of the work at Watch This Space in early 2023 and West Space in late 2023. Projects that span multiple mediums and can be adapted to different presentation modes are encouraged: works that may sit across the gallery, the stage, the screen, the dormant lot, or whatever spaces feel like home.

Artists at all stages of their career who call Central Australia home and can commit to the two-year time frame are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will join artists from three other regional arts organisations in the Situate 22-23 program: from Punctum (VIC), DADAA (WA), and NorthSite Contemporary Arts (QLD). Together, the four artists wil be supported to create innovative and experimental new works. Through the labs, artists will be challenged to embrace new ideas, generate bold concepts, think about larger-scale projects, and approach their practice in novel ways.

Applications are now open, via the Situate 22-23 callout. Applications will be assessed by the Watch This Space Curatorial Committee and Situate.

Key Dates

18 Dec 2021: Applications open 11 Feb 2022: Applications close 21 Feb 2022: Applicants notified 21-25 Mar 2022: Lab 1, Tasmania 9-13 May 2022: Lab 2, Tasmania

Further dates over 2022-3 for project development and presentation to be negotiated between artist and partner orgs, in accordance with the key program phases: 1. Lab and Mentorship (6-8 months) 2. Research and Development (4-6 months) 3. Creative Development and Commissioning (3-6 months) 4. Presentation (3-6 months)


Successful applicants must be able to attend the Labs in full over these dates and able to commit to the two-year timeline of project development and presentation, with key dates to be negotiated between parties. Applicants must live in Central Australia and have their practice based here - and be a WTS member. Support

From Situate:

  • A contribution to travel costs between the NT and Tasmania for Arts Labs;

  • An honorarium of $1,500 per lab ($3,000 in total);

  • $5,000 stipend for the Research and Development phase of the project;

  • The opportunity to work with a dedicated producer and mentor for up to 18 months;

  • Marketing and publicity

  • Support in presenting the work with Situate partner organisation/s in Tasmania in mid-2023

From West Space:

  • A six week exhibition at West Space’s Collingwood Yards gallery in late 2023;

  • A minimum artist fee of $2,000;

  • A minimum production budget of $1,000;

  • In kind support to the value of $9,738 (including staffing, venue hire, marketing, public programs, install support and accessibility programs);

  • Regular curatorial and administrative support from West Space staff, including curatorial stewardship and critical framing;

  • Studio visits as required to support the development of the project and the development of the applicant’s artistic practice more broadly;

  • Close assistance in seeking further funding in line with the vision of the artist;

  • Assistance in developing budgets and project management skills;

  • Marketing and publicity;

  • Exhibition design and installation support;

  • Mentorship, networking and other professional development opportunities.

From Watch This Space:

  • A supported place in the Watch This Space 2023 program (exhibition, performance, off-site project, etc)

  • An artist fee up to $1,000

  • Use of WTS resources within our equipment register

  • Use of the WTS Hot Desk one day a week throughout program period

  • Regular meetings with WTS Co Directors about program development

  • Assistance in connecting with a local mentor

For more information please contact SITUATE’s Executive Producer Emma Porteus at, or WTS at

Copied directly from Watch This Space's newsletter. Original text also available on their website here >


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