Victorian Regional Artist Residency

The Victorian Regional Artist Residency is an annual opportunity from Chunky Move and Warrnambool Art Gallery for individual artists or collectives residing in Victoria who have a minimum of 3 years professional experience. The aims of the residency are: to engage people with contemporary art and performance across Warrnambool and Melbourne; to propose new ways of thinking about what movement is and the role of movement artists in society; to connect artists and their practice and with the Warrnambool community.




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Applications open Thursday 8 April and must be received no later than midnight Sunday 25th April. The successful applicant will be notified by Monday May 3.

Applications will be reviewed by Chunky Move Artistic Director, Antony Hamilton and Warrnambool Art Gallery’s Curator of Exhibitions & Outreach, Aaron Bradbrook.

For more information please contact Freya: or call the Chunky Move office via (03) 9645 5188 or the National Relay Service here.

Chunky Move in partnership with Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) are offering an exciting, multi-location artist residency opportunity from June 150-22 2021 at Chunky Move Studios (Melbourne) and June 24 – July 4 2021 at Warrnambool Art Gallery (Warrnambool).

We are seeking expressions of interest from practicing artists based in Victoria with a minimum of 3 years professional experience. Artists should have a demonstrated focus on research-led practice with performance and/or choreography as an underpinning aspect of their work.

Artists are encouraged to reflect on ideas and rationales for a project or research specific to the context of place. We also encourage artists with a project or idea that is already in train and would benefit from a concentrated research period in two distinct locations to apply. Artists whose practice engages with local community or has a specific desire to engage with the Warrnambool community are also encouraged to apply.

In consultation with the curatorial staff at WAG, the resident artist will be asked to develop a minimum of one public engagement outcome in Warrnambool as part of the residency. This may take the form of an artist talk, public showing, performance or community workshop, or any combination of these.

What’s on offer

The residency period commences at Chunky Move from June 15-22 2021 and continues at Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) from June 24– July 4 2021. **Please note these dates are non-negotiable.

Chunky Move will provide:

  • $3000 contribution to artist fee
  • $500 materials budget
  • In-kind studio space at Chunky Move studios for 6 days *Option to work weekend of 19 & 20 June.

**If the selected artist does not permanently reside in Melbourne, Chunky Move will additionally provide

  • Daily per diems (LPA) 15 June – 22 June (Noting Monday 14 June is a public holiday)
  • Travel reimbursement from the artists home to Melbourne
  • 9 nights accommodation in Melbourne from 21 – 26 June 2021.

Warrnambool Art Gallery will provide:

  • $1500 contribution to artist fee
  • Accommodation in Warrnambool 23 June – 5 July
  • Travel reimbursement (Melbourne – Warrnambool)
  • Daily per diems 23 June – 4 July.

**Artists will be required to provide their own personal accident and injury insurance


To make an application:

To apply for the WAG x Chunky Move Artist Residency please complete the online form here.

Applications must include:

A statement responding to the following questions (max. 600 words total)

  • What would be the focus of your research for this residency? (200 word limit)
  •  What do you seek to gain? (200 word limit)
  • How does your idea consider place in regards to undertaking the bulk of this residency period at Warrnambool Art Gallery? (200 word limit)
  • Current bio (max 300 word limit


Rosalind Crisp

For the inaugural WAG X Chunky Move Victoria Regional Artist ResidencyChunky Move were honoured to host esteemed Australian choreographer and performing artist Rosalind Crisp. Ros, who was selected by Chunky Move after applying through an open EOI processundertook a two week residency in both Warrnambool and Melbourne. Ros adapted her solo dance lecture DIRtywork to the south-west Victorian context and sharethis research during public showings at WAG and Chunky Move.

While in residence at WAG, Ros engaged with local artists and communities in Warrnambool visiting sites of environmental damage in the south-west. She drew on processes and practices she developed in East Gippsland’s forests and through regional, national and international residencies.  

Resident Artist 1: Rosalind Crisp
17 June – 2 July 2019

Rosalind Crisp was born in Omeo, East Gippsland. She trained at the Victorian Ballet School, Melbourne and the European Dance Development Centre, the Netherlands. In 1996 she established the Omeo Dance studio in Sydney, which for ten years was the home of experimental dance research in Sydney.

In 2002 she was invited to Paris by Michel Caserta, director of the Biennale du Val-de-Marne. Carolyn Carlson saw her performance and invited her to become the first Associate Artist of the Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson. The Atelier managed and toured Rosalind Crisp / Omeo Dance for ten years. Since 2003, Rosalind Crisp / Omeo Dance has created 16 new works, touring to over 100 festivals in Australia and internationally.

In 2015 the French Ministry of Culture awarded Rosalind a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, a distinction bestowed on only a handful of Australians, including Robyn Archer and Cate Blanchett. Her other awards include a NSW Women & Arts Fellowship, an Australian Mo award for best female performer and an honorary fellowship of the University of Melbourne-VCA.

The foundation of her work is her ongoing studio research practice and her long-term collaborations with, amongst others: Céline Debyser, Helen Herbertson, Andrew Morrish, Bo Wiget, Isabelle Ginot and Susan Leigh Foster. Rosalind returned to live in East Gippsland in 2014. She currently works between East Gippsland and Europe.

Photo by Edita Sentić

“The WAG X Chunky Move residency has been an extremely valuable time for me to continue the exploration of a danced lecture dealing with the ecological peril Australia faces and how dance might respond to this. I met and exchanged with a number of local artists and community members in conversations, open studio practices, planned showings and spontaneous exchanges. I alternated dancing in the studio/gallery with dancing at local sites of environmental significance and undertook research into local environmental issues. I deepened development of processes for dancing that invite a responsiveness to the place I am in, both at Warrnambool Art Gallery and at Chunky Move studios. I investigated historical facts about the materials of the respective buildings and the histories of the surrounding sites that have endured significant ecological rupture, fragmentation or restoration since colonisation. This residency has nudged into existence new thoughts and ideas in my eco-dance practice.”

– Rosalind Crisp, WAG X Chunky Move Resident Artist 2019

Photo by Andrew Morrish

The Boom Project, photo by Heidrun Löhr