Q Residency Programme

The Q residency programme is on hiatus during 2024 due to funding limitations. Stay tuned for potential future iterations of the Q Residency! In the meantime, you can read more about what the Q Residency is and hear more about some of our previous artists in residence.
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What is it the Q Residency?

A one-month programme envisioned to create the mental and financial space for artists to generate and grow ideas, collaborate with fellow artists, and support the development of connections between artists and venues. Our intention is for the programme to be largely self-directed, with some structure to allow for collaboration and relationship building.

Over the last few years with COVID-19 deeply impacting our industry and having a particular effect on artist sustainability, we wanted to find a way to utilise our space with a small budget, to provide artists meaningful opportunities. The Q Residency Programme 2022 was a grand success, with three artists taking part as our 2022 residents. You can read more about them here! After wrapping up the pilot programme, industry feedback was incredibly positive and heartwarming hence we decided to continue the residency in 2023.

Thanks to the support of Creative New Zealand, we were able to build the Q Residency 2023 Programme as a second prototype after self-funding a pilot programme last year. The 2023 iteration saw two fabulous artists coming on board as our residents for that year. Read more about them here. 

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Project details and application info (archived): 

The Residency includes
  • Weekly pay of $1,400 (based on $35 per hour over 40 hours)
  • Use of Q's performance spaces to make and create - subject to availability
  • Weekly sessions with a creative mentor (discipline appropriate)
  • Access to Q's theatrical equipment (subject to availability) and venue technician support

  • Up to $2,700.00 towards development costs (e.g., bringing in additional performers/collaborators for a dedicated workshop, intimacy coordinator, stunt coordinator etc.)

  • Opportunities to problem-solve ideas with venue staff

The Outcomes
  • Present your idea/s halfway through the Residency (to mentors and appropriate Q staff)

  • Present a showing or pitch of the idea as it has been generated at the end of the Residency (to an invited industry audience and artists guest).

  • Provide appropriate digital content (e.g. photos of the making process) throughout Residency to be uploaded to Q's digital channels.

What we're looking for
  • Two artist/makers
  •  Artists will need to be dedicated to live performances, e.g. theatre, dance, live art, circus, music, interdisciplinary.
  • Artists will need to have a history of creating their own work.
  • Artists at any stage of their career.
  • Artists with something to say.
  • Artists whose work connects with Tāmaki Makaurau.
  • Artists either reside in Auckland or have a comfortable place to stay in Auckland for the duration of the Residency.
  • Artists will need to have something they want to explore for the Residency, be it a seed idea, provocation, question or an existing project.
The Selection Process
  • Decisions will be made by a panel consisting of Sarah Graham (General Manager and Programme Director | Kaiwhakahaere Rauemi, Q Theatre ), Padma Akula (Producer | Kaihautu) and two industry advisors.
  • We will make decisions based on the submitted application information (Application Form + CV). Should more info be required, we may call artists and/or reach out to the listed reference.
Additional considerations

From our perspective, the point of the Residency is to provide space to explore and develop your idea or project. Don't feel like you need to have the entire project concept fleshed out when you apply.

  • You're not expected to create a fully-fledged production during the Residency; this is a development space.
  • Whilst we have calculated the weekly fee of $1,400.00 based on $35 per hour x 40 hours, how you manage most of your time over this period is totally up to you. Trying to be creative for 40 hours a week is a lot, so the focus is on carving out the time you need, not using it all up.
  • We will consult with each artist to figure out the right kind of person to be their mentor and ensure you have someone you feel comfortable with and appropriate for your working style. Mentors will be paid for their time.
  • Q's performance spaces are available throughout the Residency for your use; these times will need to be booked so that we can manage people being onsite. When Q’s spaces aren’t available we will secure an external rehearsal room or dance studio.
  • It's up to the artist to decide where you want to work, you're welcome to utilise Q when possible, but you're also welcome to work from home.
  • Q's theatrical equipment can be used if you want to test things out. Like all things practical, we'll need a heads-up so we can make arrangements and ensure a Venue Technician is there to support you.
  • Should your idea/project eventuate into a potential production, Q will need to be the first venue/partner you talk to
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