CASE Incubator

The Contemporary Art Socially Engaged (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.

Our first year recipients are Sunita Bala, Harriet Body, Diane Busuttil and Sarah Penicka-Smith.

Second year applications to the program will open in July 2022 via an EOI process.

Public Programs will be announced shortly and socially engaged resources will be delivered in late 2022.

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.

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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