Tate Residency

CASE Incubator

Various dates and locations across NSW

Led by the Cad Factory, the CASE Incubator is a professional development, knowledge sharing and mentorship program which has been funded by the Create NSW Service Needs Strategic Fund. The program is aimed at artists with experience working within the broad context of socially engaged art practice.  It is for 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 program is now in its second year. In year one we selected four artists with diverse artforms - Diane Busuttil, Harriet Body, Sarah Penicka-Smith and Sunita Bala - who undertook four residency periods and associated public program events in Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Goulburn and The Cad Factory site in Narrandera.

In the second year we are looking to engage and support another four artists to undertake a professional development program that examines and bolsters their own practice, while contributing to public programs and resources that will assist in the ethical development of socially engaged arts practice in NSW.

Each artist will receive a $4,000 stipend for participation in the program, plus accommodation and travel expenses to attend residencies as well as professional development training opportunities. They will contribute towards the creation and delivery of digital resources, major resource outcomes, and a seminar event in late 2023. 

During four intensive residency periods over the next 12 months the artists will work with the Cad Factory mentors as well as invited project partners from a variety of sectors. These guest speakers will share their experiences to facilitate a broad and impactful process for us to consider the various ways in which we work.


These partners include:

1. Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing
     – Dr Susan Coulson, Sydney Facial Nerve Clinic
     – Shoalhaven Health and the Arts

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

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

4. Education
     – Clontarf Academy, Narrandera High School

5. Practice
     – Lindy Hume, 10 Days on the Island
     – Dr Clive Parkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University

Expressions of Interest close at midnight Friday 16 September 2022

To Apply

You will need to submit an Expression of Interest form via the link below, including:

- Your name, pronouns, date of birth, contact information and current suburb of residence.
- Your access requirements
- Up to 300 words about your contemporary art practice and your experience working in a socially engaged context
- Up to 300 words explaining how this opportunity would benefit your artistic 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

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. All artforms are accepted and a diversity of practice will also be taken into consideration by the selection panel. 

Artists must also make themselves available for four residency periods of approximately 3-4 days each over the next 12 months and participate in bi-monthly zoom meetings to organise resources, residency plans and undertake professional development activities. The first residency period will take place at The Cad Factory studio in Narrandera from 4- 6 November 2022, which applicants must be available for. 

Applications must be submitted by midnight Friday 16 September 2022. Shortlisted applicants will be notified and invited for a short zoom interview the following week. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday 30 September 2022.

For any questions or for further information, please contact:
Lachlan Herd, Business Manager, The Cad Factory
E: lachlan@cadfactory.com.au


Submit your expression of interest (please note, you will need to log into your Google account to access this form, if you do not have an account or are otherwise unable to access the form, please let us know)

First Year Recipients

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Sunita Bala

Sunita Bala is a mid-career, socially engaged artist focused on original, experimental, multi art form making that specialises in inclusive practices that inspire community to use the arts to engage in innovation, critical thinking and advocacy. Based in the Northern Rivers, Sunita’s engagement in the arts has spanned over 10 years, both nationally and internationally. She is President of Lismore-based post-disability arts company Realartworks, creative facilitator at the experimental and inclusive arts, technology and media centre SeeSpace and is engaged with the University Centre of Rural Health to deliver the Art Based Compassion Focused Training (ABCFT) Project with Indigenous communities and health care professionals.

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Harriet Body

Harriet Body's art practice is centred around care, slowness, and community. In her studio she works with media that broadly cross textiles, ceramics, and installation. Her creative process is slow and meditative. Through the repetition of mark-making or form-shaping, her work is all about watching something grow and then end. Harriet's socially engaged practice involves supporting communities to explore these concepts of slowness and mark-making to tell their story and exert their power.

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Diane Busuttil

Diane is a dance artist, educator and filmmaker whose work is recognised in Australia and internationally. In 2000, after studying BODY at the International Women's University in Germany, she relocated to Berlin and toured major dance and theatre festivals in Germany, Asia, USA and Europe with various leading dance and theatre companies. Her experimental short films, including screendance works, have toured to over thirty international film festivals. After returning to Australia in 2015, she made her first documentary, Without Consent, then in 2020 made Together We Dance produced by FORM Dance Projects. In 2021 she completed a one-minute short film, Seen. In 2018, Diane founded Creative Caring, bringing dance and music interventions to seniors.

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Sarah Penicka-Smith

Versatile, perceptive, and a passionate advocate for music as a force for change, Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith is a unique and innovative voice in Australian music. Currently, Sarah holds the positions of Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of River City Voices, Head of Creative Arts at St Andrew’s College, Principal Conductor with the Macquarie Singers & Macquarie Chamber Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Pacific Pride Choir. She founded the Lifehouse Volunteer Orchestra, bringing music to patients and their families at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. As an alumna of the Hart Institute for Women Conductors at the Dallas Opera, Sarah made her international debut in Dallas in 2018. Sarah’s current projects include libretto development for The Klein-Arkinstall Project, a new one-woman opera about living with OCD, Festival Choir Director for the Blackheath Choral Festival, and a recording/performance project with Club Weld and River City Voices.

CASE Incubator Public Program 1

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
19 February 2022


CASE Incubator Public Program 2

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

26 February 2022

Public Programs


For any questions or for further information, please contact:
Lachlan Herd, Business Manager, The Cad Factory
E: lachlan@cadfactory.com.au

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