Taking Up Space (2021)

Taking Up Space is a reimagined version of our 2019 & 2020 Thinker in Residence Program.

Taking Up Space invites three individuals (or collectives) to take up space in Winter 2021. We are inviting applications for Thinker in Residence, Writer in Residence and Artist in Residence. All Taking Up Space participants will have access to 3 x 2hour mentoring sessions with Part of Things Chief Storyteller Alysha Herrmann.

See below for the expectations and other inclusions for Taking Up Space and then apply here.

Applications are due midnight 19th April 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 10th May 2021.

General eligibility:

  • Applicants must currently reside in the Riverland.
  • Applicants must be over 18 but we otherwise welcome applications from across the age spectrum (you do not have to be young, though we would love to see applications from Riverlanders in their 20s and 30s).
  • We are looking for interesting, quirky, clever and intriguing perspectives, use your application to show us who you are.
  • We do not require applicants to be uber-positive about the Riverland in their applications or residencies but we are looking for people who are engaged in the future of the Riverland and who genuinely want to make new and interesting things happen.

Please note that our physical hub is an upstairs venue that does not have a lift/other access. We are very open to considering remote-residency applications from any Riverlanders that cannot access our physical premises.

Thinker in Residence

All of us have ideas, those “we should do X” or “imagine if Y” ideas that could really have an impact if given the time and energy to develop. As Thinker in Residence you will have the excuse to pursue one or more of your own ideas for three months. You will self-direct your residency and explore at your own pace during June, July and August. You will have unrestricted in-kind access to a co-working desk at Part of Things during this time and in-kind access as appropriate to other Part of Things resources, including equipment and our virtual hub. You may use the space/resources to pursue your own ideas, meet with collaborators and develop new projects.

As Thinker in Residence you are not expected to complete a project or deliver a specified outcome. You will however host a talk, workshop, forum or other appropriate community sharing about your process/idea/residency by the end of August. You will be paid $500 for the delivery of this sharing outcome.

Only one Thinker in Residence will be selected in 2021.

We welcome all ideas, backgrounds and experience levels. We would love to hear from people with ideas in tech, small business, tourism, cultural exchange, community projects and everything in between. As 2021 is the Centenary year of Barmera, Monash and Glossop, we would especially love to see Thinker in Residence applications that explore the past or future through this lens, though this is not a requirement by any means.

Writer in Residence

Have an ambitious writing project that needs some love and attention? Or are you an emerging/aspiring writer that wants to get a bit more serious about putting words on the page? As Writer in Residence you will have an excuse and accountability over three months to get writing. You will self-direct your residency and write at your own pace during June, July and August. You will have unrestricted in-kind access to a co-working desk at Part of Things during this time and in-kind access as appropriate to other Part of Things resources, including equipment and our virtual hub. You may use the space/resources to pursue your own writing projects, meet with collaborators and develop new projects.

During your time as Writer in Residence, we will commission you to create one or more written responses of no more than 500 words total. You will be paid a fee of $500 for this writing, which will be published on the Part of Things website/blog or as otherwise negotiated.

Only one Writer in Residence will be selected in 2021.

We welcome writers from all backgrounds, experience levels and writing styles. We would love to hear from poets, novelists, essayists, comic writers, short story writers, video-game writers, experimental writers and everything in between. In collaboration with our 2121 project exploring the next 100 years, we would especially love to hear from science fiction writers, though we are keen to hear from writers in any and all genres/forms/mediums.

Artist in Residence

We are seeking artists to develop long-term relationships with. Our space does not have a wet area so is best suited to drawing, illustration, animation, photography, sound, writing, conceptual exploration and artists who work in a desk-based way or can adapt their practice to minimise mess. As Artist in Residence you will self-direct your residency and create at your own pace during June, July and August. You will have unrestricted in-kind access to a co-working desk and/or to the Reading Room at Part of Things during this time and in-kind access as appropriate to other Part of Things space and resources, including equipment and our virtual hub. You may use the space/resources to pursue your own creative projects, meet with collaborators and develop new projects.

During your time as Artist in Residence, we will commission you to create one A4 artwork (or equivalent, depending on your artform) for a fee of $500.

Only one Artist in Residence will be selected in 2021.

We welcome artists from all backgrounds, experience levels and styles. We would love to hear from illustrators, zinesters, animators, conceptual artists, sound artists, photographers, experimental artists and anyone not listed. We would especially love to hear from artists interested in developing an exhibition for presentation with Part of Things in 2022.

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