Q Residency Programme

Applications are now CLOSED for Q's residency programme taking place in April 2023.
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Please Note: Submissions for the Q Residency are now CLOSED. To meet the successful applicants for 2023, click here

What is it?

A one-month programme envisioned to create the mental and financial space for TWO 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.

Last year 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 and industry feedback has been incredibly positive and heartwarming hence we have decided to continue this programme in 2023.

We don't want this application process to be another laborious task to add to your plate. We're very aware that our industry in general has a lot of 'application fatigue' hence we don't need this application to be extensive; no budgets or support materials are required; just keep it short and sweet. 

Thanks to the support of Creative New Zealand, we've been able to build this Q Residency 2023 Programme as a second prototype after self-funding a pilot programme last year. We have only done this once before so we're open to feedback and happy to make changes as required with the overarching goal to provide foundational support for the artists involved.

Please Note: On Wednesday 22 February 2023 we will hold a virtual Q+A session with the Q team. Click here to register. 

To read some FAQs we've compiled click here - this will be updated to include anything that is covered in the virtual Q+A that isn't already on this list. 

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Q Residency Programme 2023 dates UPDATED - Q Theatre
How to Apply
  1. Download the Application Form below.
  2. Fill it out.
  3. Save it and upload it alongside your CV by following this link


Application Form make sure to download this before filling it out so you can save your work.
Hot tip - right click and open the link in a new tab so you can flick between the form and the website. 

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

For a brief video on what the 2022 Residency Pilot was like, check out this video. 


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