Artist Opportunities

Fringe Common Rooms: Artists in Residence

Guess who’s back? Our venue Fringe Common Rooms is open again – and we want to help get artists back on their feet too. We’re offering FIVE paid 2021 artist residencies for artists looking for a new space to develop new art, explore their practice or get their Work in Progress stage-ready.

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What do you get?
  • Cash to create – we’ll give you $5000 to facilitate the development of new work
  • Room to rehearse – you’ll get up to 16 days of rehearsal space at the Ballroom at Trades Hall
What are we looking for?
  • Distinctiveness – Unique events that explore new ideas in form or content, or which hold a distinctive place in Melbourne’s arts market.
  • Innovation & Experimentation – Innovation and bravery in a new exploration of artform, content or practice.
  • Diversity – We value works by and for people who identify as LGBTQIA+, First Nations, People of Colour, Deaf, disabled or Culturally or Linguistically Diverse.
  • Community – Works by independent artists that foster connection and celebrate our community, creating a social atmosphere.
Expressions of Interest

To express your interest in being part of this program, please complete this form before Sunday 7th March, 11:59pm. Submissions after this date will not be considered.

If you have any questions (big or small!), we’d love to hear from you! Please email

Women of Soul, Common Rooms 2019. Photo by J Forsyth.