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The Create Space dance residency is an initiative of Ausdance NSW, Sydney Opera House and FORM Dance Projects who together recognised the lack of development opportunities for artists with disability and aimed to offer a supportive space for artists to continue to expand their work and practice. The residency invited emerging, mid-career and established independent dance artists, collectives, and collaborators. The residency administered by Ausdance NSW included a $5000 bursary supported by Sydney Opera House and 2 weeks of studio space with FORM Dance Projects, in the Jubilee Room at Parramatta Town Hall.

About the Residency

This residency invited early, mid and established career independent dance artists, collectives, collaborators and companies of any dance genre where the lead artist has a disability to submit an application.

The residency was for 2 weeks and the successful applicant was given a bursary of $5000 supported by Sydney Opera House. 

Create Space activities involved creative development, research, mentorships, rehearsal and remounting of work. Applicants can apply for a residency of one or two weeks.

To be eligible, primary applicants were NSW based and an Ausdance NSW member, however, collaborators may be interstate or internationally based.

You can become a member here

View past participants here.

Create Space recipients receive:

  • $5000 in support awarded by Sydney Opera House 
  • Two weeks of residency space at the Jubilee Room at the Parramatta Town Hall.
  • Pre-residency planning support from Ausdance NSW 
  • Administrative support from Ausdance NSW for the showing of work during residency (if required)
  • Promotion of artist/residency through Ausdance NSW and FORM Dance Projects e-news and social media
  • A studio visit from Ausdance NSW or FORM Dance Projects during the residency

The 2020 Create  Space program was cancelled due to Covid-19. In lieu of this, Ausdance NSW produced a webinar What is Access in Dance?’ 

Ausdance NSW aims to continue the program in 2021, depending on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.


If you require any additional information or would like to talk about your application prior to making a submission, please contact Ausdance NSW on 02 8076 9480 or by email on


Ausdance NSW is the key support & advocacy body, for the creation, presentation and practice of dance in NSW.

Ausdance NSW is part of the Ausdance National Network.

Ausdance acknowledges and respects the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work and dance and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging. 

Contact Info


10 Hickson Road, Level 3, Arts Exchange Buliding, The Rocks, Sydney 2000

02 8076 9480

ABN 36 824 207 095