The Cad Factory with the support of the NSW Government will support four artists with mentoring, residencies, and a project stipend of $4000 to explore socially engaged art practices.

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.

In year one of the program, four artists were selected with diverse artforms – Diane Busuttil (Dance), Harriet Body (Visual Art), Sarah Penicka-Smith (Music) and Sunita Bala (Multi-artform) – who undertook four residency periods and associated public program events in Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Goulburn and Narrandera.

“My inclusion in the first CASE Incubator program changed my artistic practice (and my outlook on my life). It revolutionised how I thought about my career options, opened me up to a wealth of possible modes of practice and future collaborations, and consolidated my commitment to building a career around excellence, social justice and community.” – Dr. Sarah Penicka-Smith

In the second year the Cad is 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, 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 as well as invited project partners from a variety of sectors both national and international. 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.

Applications must be submitted by midnight Friday 16 September 2022

MEDIA CONTACT: Lachlan Herd, Business Manager., 0411448396


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