CASE Incubator

Expressions of interest are now open for artists to apply to be part of the first year of the Contemporary Art Socially Engaged (CASE) Incubator program. 

About the Program

The CASE Incubator is a professional development, knowledge sharing and mentorship program aimed at socially engaged artists who are seeking to develop their practice, engage with their peers, create networking opportunities with diverse partners, and contribute back to the sector. The CASE Incubator will run over 2021-2023, with four NSW based artists employed in the first 12 months, and another four NSW based artists employed in the second year.

The program, part of the Create NSW group of service organisation activities will support artists with a history of socially engaged practice, working in any field of arts and culture. The artists will be supported to undertake a professional development program led by the Cad Factory that examines and bolsters their own practice, while contributing to public programs and online resources that will assist in the ethical development of socially engaged arts practice in NSW.

Each selected artist will receive a $4000 stipend for participation in the program, accommodation and travel expenses and will be featured on the Cad Factory webpage as a participating artist.  

Through intensive residency periods over 12 months, the artists will work with Cad Factory mentors as well as project partners from a variety of sectors including:

1. Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing
     - Dr Susan Coulson, Sydney Facial Nerve Clinic
     - Shoalhaven Health and the Arts
     - Dr Clive Parkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University

2. Advocacy
     - Arts & Health Network NSW/ACT
     - Western Riverina Arts, Leeton

3. Arts and Disability
     - The Art Factory Supported Studio, Wagga Wagga
     - Bluecoat, Liverpool UK

4. Education
     - Clontarf Academy, Narrandera High School


Program Information and Dates

The program will require selected artists to be available for four short residency periods (approx. 2-3 days each) from November 2021 to July 2022.

The first of these residency periods will take place in Sydney for 3 days from approximately 23 November to 4 December, 2021 with exact dates TBC depending on COVID restrictions and artists’ availability. In this residency, each artist will be given the opportunity to undertake mental health awareness training.

The remaining residency periods will take place in Wagga Wagga, the Cad Factory studio, and another location to be determined in discussion with the aspirations and timetables of participating artists. Accommodation and travel will be provided.

Each successful artist will contribute towards the creation of a digital resource to be kept on the Cad Factory’s website as a resource for the sector, as well as participating in the presentation of digital and in-person public programs.


To Apply

Applicants who meet the selection criteria will be asked to submit their application via an online form (link below). The form will ask you to include:
     - Your name, pronouns, date of birth, contact information and current location
     - Your access requirements
     - Up to 300 words about your contemporary art practice and why you are interested in socially engaged practice
     - Up to 300 words explaining how this opportunity would benefit your career
     - Up to 300 words on what knowledge and insights you would hope to contribute to the program
     - A small portfolio of recent work (up to 5 images, 2 pages of text, 5 mins of video, or 3 links)
     - A current CV which demonstrates your history of practice


Please Note: You will need to log into a Google account to access the application form.

If you are unable to do so please download and complete this word document and email your completed application including supporting material.


Selection Criteria

1. The artist must reside in NSW and have a commitment to socially engaged artistic practice.
2. The artist must have a demonstrated history of practice suitable to the program, in any arts and cultural field.
3. The artist must have demonstrated adaptability and willingness to work and collaborate in different spaces and with a variety of cross-sector colleagues.

Artists from regional NSW and First Nations applicants will be prioritised in the selection process. A diversity of practice will also be taken into consideration by the selection panel.

Applications must be submitted by Midnight, Friday 22 October 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Thursday 28 October 2021.

For any questions or for further information, please contact:
Lachlan Herd, Business Manager, The Cad Factory


This project is being delivered with the support of Create NSW as part of the Service Needs Strategic Program.

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