THE STEPHEN CUMMINS BEQUEST
RESIDENCY FOR EMERGING QUEER PERFORMANCE ARTISTS
In 2012 Performance Space utilised the Stephen Cummins Bequest to found a residency program to develop and re-energise queer performance in Sydney by providing the opportunity to dramaturgically develop work in a critically rigorous context and cross over from the club scene into a contemporary performance context has been somewhat lacking. The cabaret, short-act format has remained the dominant presentation model and there have been few new models developed to provide opportunities for emergent queer artists who are extending their practice into other performance realms. This mentorship and residency program for emerging queer performers or collectives is now in it’s third-year and aims to address this limitation and provide space for the development of new work. Past alumni include Daniel Cater, Shian Law, Sarah Coconis, Emma-Maye Gibson, Hissy Fit and James Welsby.
27 – 2 November
Victoria Spence and Nick’n’Tom
‘Nick’n’Tom: Off The Rack’
RESIDENCY ARTIST BIOS
In 2011 Nick presented his first solo work Unsex Me (Riverside Theatres) and was artist in residence at the CAMAC Art Centre, France. He worked for Crack Theatre Festival as a Producer and then Artistic Director. This year he presented A Boy & A Bean (PACT, The Joan) and toured the work to Ireland. Tom is a theatre maker and visual artist. He recently finished PACT’s Vacant Room residency where he presented a development of Business Unfinished. Together Nick‘n’Tom have complete residencies with Urban Theatre Projects and Blacktown Arts Centre.
Since 1988 Victoria Spence has made live art and work at the intersections of cultural, community and creative arts practice as a performer, dramaturg, curator and producer. Artists and companies include, The Sydney Front, Sidetrack Performance Group, Legs on the Wall, DeQuincey/Lynch, Guillermo Gomez Pena and La Pocha Nostra (Mexico), Blast Theory (UK) and Performance Space. She is a qualified Civil Celebrant and Bereavement Support Worker. In 2010 she was a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts ‘Connections Residency’ where she undertook research in the Funeral Industry and established the Living with Our Dead platform to create public site specific ceremonies. This resulted in the inaugural Picnic Among Friends in Nov 2010 that is now an annual event. She works with Karen Therese to curate The Hunting Party a participatory event addressing social and cultural issues. | www.victoriaspeneccelebrant.com | www.liferites.com.au.