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Create Space Residency


In partnership with

2019 Create Space Dance Residency 

Inaugural Recipient Dean Walsh

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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 Jubliee Room at Parramatta Town Hall.

The inaugural 2019 Create Space residency was awarded to dancer and choreographer Dean Walsh. Dean is an award-winning Australian contemporary dance and performance practitioner, teacher and writer. He is Autistic (higher functioning) and since 1991 has been a passionate advocate for Australian contemporary dance, queer performance and disability-inclusive communities, as well as the environmental science sectors. During his residency, Dean continued to develop his work EGOSystem, addressing the impact of climate change we are currently facing, and the dramatic impact plastic waste has on our eco-system. Dean states, 

“We’re experiencing changes to all manner of systems, at an unprecedented scale, across the planet. Environmental living systems, economic, political, religious, social among many others.”

His work also addresses the impact environmental change has on human’s emotional wellbeing. Ausdance would like to thank our valued partners for supporting this important residency, namely, Sydney Opera House’s Fiona Winning, Janelle Ryan, Tulleah Pearce and Claire Gammon, as well as FORM Dance Projects’ Agnès Michelet.

 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

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

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

For More Information: 

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 9256 4800 or by email on