Create Space Residency

In association with

2019 Create Space Dance Residency 

Recipient Dean Walsh

Create Space Dance Residency is an initiative between Ausdance NSW, Sydney Opera House, and FORM Dance Projects who together recognised the lack of development opportunities for artists with disability and wish to offer a supportive and safe space for these artists to continue to expand their work and practice. The residency invited early, mid and established career independent dance artists, collectives, and collaborators of any dance. The residency administered by Ausdance NSW included a $5000 bursary supported by Sydney Opera House and 2 weeks studio space with FORM Dance Projects, in the Jubliee Room at Parramatta Town Hall. The residency will return in 2020.

The 2019 inaugural 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 identifies as living with disability. He has been at the forefront of many major shifts within the Australian arts and cultural landscape since 1991 and has crossed over several sectors within the arts and environmental science communities, having extensive involvement in, and a passionate advocate for, the national contemporary dance, queer performance and disability-inclusive communities, as well as the environmental science sectors - all progressive developments throughout his career.

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.

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About the Residency

This residency invites 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 is for 2 weeks and the successful applicant will be offered a bursary of $5000 supported by Sydney Opera House. 

Create Space activities may involve 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 should be 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


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