UKARIA Residency

UKARIA Cultural Centre. Photo credit Randy Larcombe


From Iceland to the Adelaide Hills – Australian composer to create new work inspired by glacier trek.

An expedition across Iceland has inspired a new work by Morgan Hickinbotham, to be developed during a residency at the UKARIA Cultural Centre.

Read more about the recipient of Ukaria Residency.

About the opportunity

The Australia Council and UKARIA invite applications for a residency at UKARIA in 2022.

The successful applicant/s will be in residence at UKARIA for a maximum of ten days for the purpose of developing new creative projects led by musicians and composers.

Please note: You must take into account the latest advice regarding COVID-19.


UKARIA is a state of the art and environmentally sustainable Cultural Centre in the picturesque Adelaide Hills.

Concerts have been hosted on the property for acclaimed national and international artists since the mid-1990s. In 2014 the concert room was replaced with a magnificent 220 concert hall purpose built for chamber music. Great care has been taken to ensure that the new hall has superb acoustics without compromising the spectacular sweeping views over the valley and up to the Mt Barker Summit.

UKARIA’s vision is to enrich people’s lives through culture. It aspires to become known as a place where new work is born and where artistic collaborations result in new ideas, new experiences and unexpected outcomes.

For more details visit the UKARIA website.

Who can apply:

Individuals and organisations may apply for projects that are led by a musician or composer.

If you are part of a group, you may nominate one of the members to apply on behalf of the group.

You must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Who can’t apply:

You can’t apply for this opportunity if:

  • you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to the Australia Council.

If you are an applicant with a disability, or are working with artists with disability, you may apply for access costs associated with the use of an interpreter, translation services, specific technical equipment, carer, or support worker assistance.

If you need advice about applying, or have specific access requirements, contact an Artist Services Officer now.

Through its residency program, UKARIA provides opportunities for exceptional musicians and composers to think, develop, collaborate, and create.

Priority will be given to:

  • the creation of new work
  • the transformation of existing work
  • collaboration with other artists, including cross-artform and cross-genre collaboration.

Projects which are focused on preparing for performances and/or making recordings of existing works will be given a low priority.

Projects which are focused on a single artist will be given a low priority. This opportunity is not offered as a retreat for a single artist to work on a score.

For examples of previous residencies click here.

What is offered

The residency includes access to

  • UKARIA Cultural Centre (UCC), which has a Bosendorfer grand piano
  • Twin Peaks (TP) which is a separate site. It is located approximately five minutes’ drive away, via the same road as UCC.

Facilities at Twin Peaks

  • A cottage with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large rehearsal room (8 x 5m) with a new upright Yamaha Piano.
  • The rehearsal room has internal and external access.
  • The house upper level, which has six bedrooms and three bathrooms
  • The house lower level, a self-contained suite comprising one large bedroom, a kitchenette, a bathroom and a large break out room.

Twin Peaks is available for exclusive use for the duration of the residency for up to ten people for a maximum of ten nights. This includes linen, cleaning and daily breakfast provisions. However please note that if there are a total of four or fewer artists for the duration of the residency, only the cottage will be made available.

Access to UCC is by negotiation, considering performances already scheduled at UCC and the requirements of the successful applicants.

When it is offered

One residency will be offered in 2022.

The residency will be available from June 2022 to December 2023, COVID-19 travel restrictions permitting.

When applying please indicate your preferred residency dates. Applications ranked highest by the industry advisory panel are given priority in terms of residency dates.

Applications will be considered by the Australia Council in consultation with Industry Advisors.

To assess how well your application meets our selection criteria, Australia Council staff and Industry Advisors consider several prompts. Not all the prompts will apply to your application, but that they are examples of the things that the assessors may consider.

In your application, you must address the three assessment criteria listed below. Under each criterion there are bullet point prompts indicating what the advisors may consider when assessing your application. You do not need to response to every prompt.

  1. Quality

Industry Advisors will assess the artist quality of your proposal.

They may consider:

  • significance and quality of the work
  • quality of previous work
  • the potential impact and timeliness of the project on the artist(s) career
  • responses to previous work from artistic or cultural peers, or the public
  • your artistic rationale and process
  • the level of experimentation and risk taking involved in your work.
  1. Viability

Industry Advisors will assess the viability of your proposal.

They may consider:

  • skills and ability of artists, industry professionals, collaborators or partners involved, and their relevance to the proposed activity
  • demonstration of realistic and achievable planning
  • a logical and realistic residency budget
  • the role of any partners, including confirmation of involvement
  • for proposals which involve working with diverse audiences or communities, demonstrated cultural competencies.
  1. Creation

Australia Council staff and Industry Advisors will consider how the project outcomes will contribute to the creation of new Australian work.

They may consider how the project:

  • develops or extends your area of creative practice
  • contributes to diverse artistic expression
  • builds or develops national or international collaborations
  • creates opportunities for the artists involved.

You may submit support material with your application. The Industry Advisors may review this support material to help them gain a better sense of your project.

What you should provide

We do not accept application-related support material submitted via post.  Application-related material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your support material online or need advice on what type of material to submit, please contact Artists Services.

There are three types of support material you may submit:

  1. Artistic support material

This should include relevant, recent examples of your artistic work.

Types of support material we accept

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (weblinks).

You can provide up to three URLs (weblinks) that link to content that is relevant to your proposal. This may include video, audio, images, or written material.

These URLs can include a total of:

  • 10 minutes of video and/or audio recording
  • 10 images
  • 10 pages of written material.

Please note: Our Industry Advisors will not access any URLs that require them to log in or sign up to a platform. Please do not provide links to Spotify or other applications that require users to log in or pay for access.

If you are linking to media files that are private or password protected like Vimeo, please provide the password in the password field on the application form.

If you cannot supply support material via URLs, you may upload support material to your application in the following formats:

  • video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)
  • audio (MP3 and Windows Media)
  • images (JPEG and PowerPoint)
  • written material (Word and PDF).
  1. Biographies, CVs

You can include a brief bio or curriculum vitae (CV) for key artists, personnel or other collaborators involved in your project. Bios and CVs should be presented as a single document no longer than two A4 pages in total.

  1. Letters of support

Individuals, groups, or organisations can write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain how the project will support the aims of this fund. It can also detail the support or involvement of key project partners, or evidence of consultation.

If relevant to your activity, letters of support must provide evidence of appropriate permissions and support from First Nations organisations, communities, and Elders. Please refer to the First Nations Protocols for more information.

You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.