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Moving Ideas

Since 2014, our Moving Ideas program has been supporting dance artists through funded residencies, giving them space and time to explore new ideas.


Congratulations to our four 2019-20 Moving Ideas residency artists: Justin Shoulder, Jane McKernan, David Huggins and Kristina Chan. We look forward to hosting Jane and David in the studio throughout November and December 2019, and Justin and Kristina throughout January and February 2020.

We’d also like to say a heartfelt thank you to Brooke Stamp and Agnès Michelet for supporting the ReadyMade team in the assessment process with their dedicated and careful consideration of all the applications.

Sustaining Practice

The Sustaining Practice Residency supports NSW-based dance artists to deepen their creative practice and develop their work in a funded capacity.


Artists can apply to develop a creative project, or deepen their creative practice. The residency is open to professional mid-career and established NSW-based artists working with dance, choreography and movement-based practices.

Applications for 2020 now closed.


  • Artist fee of $3,300

  • 120 hours of studio space at ReadyMade Works

  • Collaborator or production budget of $1,000

  • A facilitated open showing at the conclusion of the residency


  • April-July 2020

  • 120 hours that can be undertaken consecutively, or spread out throughout April–July 2020

Who can apply

  • Artists with a professional practice who identify as mid-career* or established artists.

  • Individuals or groups of artists

  • Artists who identify as NSW-based*. However interstate artists can be involved as collaborators.

  • Collaborators can be from any discipline and can include outside eyes, or mentors.

*Mid-career indicates an artist who has accumulated experience presenting their creative work in a professional context who has been developing their practice as an artist for at least five to ten years. This experience should be reflected in the biography provided.

*NSW-based indicates an artist who considers NSW to be the primary base for their creative practice and residence. This should be the case for the duration of the residency and reflected in the artist biography provided.


For more information email

2019-20 Residents

Justin Shoulder

Justin is an artist working in performance, sculpture, video and nightlife/community events production. He was born on the un-ceded lands of the Gadigal people (Sydney) and is of Filipino and European heritage. In his Moving Ideas residency Justin develops his new work Turbo Encangto which inhabits the multilayered metaphysical plane of sea and sky referred to in Tagalog mythology as the Skyworld. Within Shoulder’s Future Folklore Skyworld, posthuman queer spectres crossbreed with ancestral Bakla clowns.

Jane McKernan

Jane is an Australian choreographer, recently returned from 4 years based in the UK. She is a member of the collaborative dance trio The Fondue Set and her own dance work includes Mass Movement (2014 Audience Choice for Keir Choreographic Award); Opening and Closing Ceremony (2012); and Teacher Training (2019). For her Moving Ideas residency Jane explores situating her practice in the physical site of the dancing body and the geographic site of Sydney, while continuing collaborations with local dance artists and deepening threads of inquiry related to 'unison'.

David Huggins

David began dancing while studying psychology in New Zealand. After graduating from the VCA he worked consistently with Russell Dumas, alongside various other choreographers, and has recently focused on developing his choreographic work through a series of international residencies. For Moving Ideas David focuses on processes of play, choosing furniture and objects as potential dancing partners. Beginning from somatic processes he explores the possibility of attuning the body to the objects he works with, collaborating with Brianna Kell as an outside eye.

Kristina Chan

Kristina is a dancer and choreographer based on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Kristina’s choreographic practice explores environmental change and our relationship to nature. For her Moving Ideas residency Kristina travels to Sydney to collaborate with dramaturg, Victoria Hunt to deepen her recent research relating to the integration of the choreographed body and textiles. Her solo studio practice will focus on the development of new work in progress Brightness.

Past Residents

Angela Goh, Bhenji Ra, Kay Armstrong, Miranda Wheen, Lizzie Thomson, Ivey Wawn, Matt Cornell, Kathryn Puie, Sara Black, Thomas Bradley, Lucy Watson, Raghav Handa, Rob McCredie, Katina Olsen, Rakini Devi, Rhiannon Newton and Adelina Larsson, Joel Bray.