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Civic Life 2014 Applications Open!

Civic Life Residency 2014
6 month artist-in-residence at Shopfront for Emerging Artists/Small Companies

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Calling emerging artists 18-25 years who are interested in developing new work in the areas of writing, directing, performance, multimedia, visual arts, music and design to undertake one of two available residencies- a Community Arts Residency and a Theatre Residency.

If you are interested in the intersection of community, art, collaborative process and social context, these residencies are for you! Each emerging artist will take part in a company project, gain community process experience, be mentored by experienced artists and will complete an original artwork.

The two Civic Life residencies are an intensive arts laboratory and six month residency from July to February at Shopfront Contemporary Arts Centre. It gives emerging artists from across Australia the space, resources, training, guidance and connections they need to experiment, create new work and prepare for a lifetime as an artist.

Civic Life is an unfunded initiative of Shopfront Contemporary Arts Centre – a not for profit cooperative for under 25s. As such it offers substantial benefits at a highly subsidised rate. Positions are limited to one place per residency, and are decided by application. Applications are assessed on the nature of the artistic enquiry, demonstrated commitment to achieving an outcome, and willingness to participate in the Shopfront community.

To apply, please read the Info Pack and respond by identifying the community you are engaged with or the cultural space you want to enter through your work. Shortlisted artists will be asked to prepare a more thorough proposal if invited to interview.

2014 Applications Close on Tuesday 24 June, 2014

Shopfront is a professional community youth initiative based in Carlton, South Eastern Sydney, NSW. It was started in 1976 by young people eager to have a place to turn their ideas into realities. Using cross-disciplinary process and multi-platform work, Shopfront embraces multi-media and performing arts skill development to foster long-term engagement and empowerment of young people. Shopfront provides a vital, innovative and contemporary centre for the arts and the opportunity for all young people to tell their stories and share their experiences.

For more information please phone +61 (02) 9588 3948 or email

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