Studio Residency Program

The Clocktower Centre Studio Residency program aims to support and foster creative work, develop arts practice or advance professional development and to facilitate access for our community to a wide range of art and cultural services within our local community.

Expressions of Interest for the Clocktower Centre's Studio Residency program are now open

The Clocktower Centre is calling for local performers and community arts organisations to apply for this exciting creative development opportunity.

The program aims to support the development of performing arts projects, assist local artists to develop and maintain their arts practice and facilitate access to art and cultural services within our local community.

The Clocktower Centre Studio Residency offers;

  • 14 days in-kind venue hire for Clocktower Centre Studio space
  • In-kind marketing and publicity through Clocktower Centre’s online channels
  • Support from our specialist performing arts team

Expressions of interest for 2024 are now open

Applications will close 11pm Sunday, 14 January 2024.




Centrally located in Moonee Ponds, the Clocktower Centre Studio is a professional rehearsal studio which can be utilised for creative development, turned into a black box theatre, or set up for artistic exhibitions.

  • 14 days in-kind venue hire for Clocktower Centre Studio space
  • In-kind marketing and publicity through Clocktower Centre’s online channels
  • Support from performing arts team

Please note: The Studio Residency program does not include box office support/ticketing for any performances/public showings/open rehearsals etc. There is also minimal staffing to facilitate a performance or program.

Expressions of interest close: 11pm Sunday 14 January 2024

Assessment Period: Monday 15 January to Friday 19 January 2024

Recipients announced: Friday 19 January 2023

The following date slots are available for residencies. If you are only available for some of these dates, please make that known in your application.

  • Residency 1: Monday 5 February – Sunday 18 February 2024
  • Residency 2: Monday 26 February – Sunday 10 March 2024
  • Residency 3: Monday 8 April – Sunday 21 April 2024

The Clocktower Residency program is open to local performing artists and arts organisations. There are no restrictions when it comes to the genre or medium of the work, however, projects which contain offensive, hateful, racist, sexist, discriminatory or other unacceptable material will not be considered.

Expressions of interest will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • The artistic merit of the project (30% weighting)
  • The community benefit of the outcome of the project (30% weighting)
  • The development of the artist’s/organisation’s artistic practice (20% weighting)
  • Demonstration of the artist’s ability to carry out proposed project (20% weighting)

If required, a Microsoft Teams interview may be part of the assessment before recipients are decided.

  • Public Liability Insurance (PLI) is compulsory. Applicants with existing PLI must be covered to the value of no less than $20 million at all times while conducting activities under the presentation agreement. Council can arrange for community groups without PLI to be covered. These applicants shall bear the first $250 of each and every claim or series of claims arising out of any one occurrence.
  • Recipients of the Program will be required to sign an agreement with the Clocktower Centre before beginning their project. A signed copy of this agreement must be returned by Tuesday 30th January 2024.
  • Any and all materials required for the creative work are the sole responsibility of the resident.
  • It is the responsibility of the recipient to obtain permission to perform/use any copyrighted material as part of their presentation. Evidence of permission to use any copyrighted material should be provided on their application (or evidence that permission has been sought).
  • Any public showing/performance/workshop/event is to be general admission only.

For further information or to discuss in more detail, contact the Clocktower Centre on 9243 9191 or email

Please complete and submit the below form before 11pm Sunday,14 January 2024.

Please include all required support material in this application.

Please note, you cannot save progress on your application, so it is best to collate all your information before starting the application process.

Studio Residency 2024

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Please include as much information as possible about how you intend to use the studio residency. If you intend to develop a work for performance during the period, please include estimated show time and running length.
If so, please explain what it is, whether you have obtained permission to use it, or how you plan to go about obtaining permission to use it.
(please limit any material to 15 minutes in length).
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