First Nations


Call for proposals

22 May – 2 June 2023

Calling First Nations dance makers!

Do you have a truth-telling project or idea which needs dedicated, supported research time, both in and out of the studio?

Critical Path is partnering with AIATSIS and will link you up with the Collections Department, First Nations at Powerhouse Museum to support research and choreographic exploration of a truth telling body of research.

What do you want to uncover truth on? Whether it be discovering truth in Family and Cultural connections, or rewriting the western history records on First Nations experiences of colonisation, this space, time and support is for YOU to dig deep into the truth you want to tell.

As part of this research residency, you will have possibilities for the following, depending on your research needs:

  • One week access to Critical Path’s research room between 22/5/2023-28/5/2023
  • Guided access to relevant archives with Powerhouse Museum’s First Nations collections access co-ordinator
  • Guided access to relevant archives with assistance from a dedicated staff member at AIATSIS (online and phone)
  • Financial support for an overnight stay in Canberra to access specific areas of AIATSIS if required
  • One week access to the Drill Hall for choreographic exploration between 29/5/2023-2/6/2023

Who are we looking for?

First Nations choreographers and makers!

  • Based in or around Sydney
  • If you are based elsewhere and are interested, please apply and we can work together to see what might be possible around travel and accomodation

To apply complete the EOI FORM by 11pm Monday 1st May.

Not sure if your project/idea/concept is a truth telling one? Or need assistance in filling out the form? Please contact Jasmin Sheppard at Critical Path with any of your queries [email protected]




Applications open: Tuesday 21st March
Applications close: Monday 1st May
Artists Notified: Friday 5th May

Residency Dates: 22 May – 2 June 2023


Image credit: Christie Wong
The artist in the image is Kaine Sultan Babij dancing in ‘The Complication of Lyrebirds’ development at Weesageechak, Toronto.

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