RESEARCH ROOM Residencies (2024 – term 1)


Do you need a dedicated time and space to undertake a comprehensive research for your new choreographic project? Time to read, write, collate images, sounds, video footage. Time to go through and make sense of previously written notes and/or recorded materials. Brainstorm and consolidate ideas through conversations with your key collaborators (i.e. dramaturge, composer, costume designer, etc). Or, time to reflect on and write about a recently completed project and/or your wider practice?

Applications for the 1st term of our 2024 Research Room residencies are now open.

First term residencies are available between 26 February and 30 June 2024, for a minimum of two weeks up to two months.

Research Room Residencies are non-financial residencies designed to support project development and scholarly research by offering up to two months of office space and equipment, at the Drill.

A small study room with windows facing the Sydney Harbour, the Research Room is a place where you can spend focused time gathering materials for your new choreographic project, or reflecting on and archiving a recently completed one.

Our recent Research Space resident Nikki Heywood, said:

The research room provides a ‘room of one’s own’ – to read, to write, to dream, to listen, to get up to date – with myself and the world. Settled in this cosy nook by the harbour, I have been able to collect my thoughts. To think things through without interruption. To move ideas around.

Eligible applicants are those working in a field connected to choreographic practice, and this can include not only choreographers, dancers, and movement-based artists but also video producers, sound designers, visual artists, scenographers, scholarly researchers, photographers, architects, urban planers, and more.
First Nations applicants are encouraged to apply. 

We recommend Research Room residents facilitate a sharing during their residency period, and this could be in the form of a workshop, open day dialogue with other artists, reading / writing / listening session, or any other idea you may have which could further assist your research and development.

TO APPLY – fill out this form, letting us know about your research, residency structure, and how you intend to open your process to the community.  

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: midnight AEST Sunday 21 January 2024 
Successful applicants notified by Tue 6 Feb 2024

Any further enquiries, please contact Ira: [email protected]




“I enjoyed the space of the research room in the Drill Hall for contemplation and imagining. The 2 weeks I spent in the research room involved reading, writing, thinking, and planning in relation to the project. I synthesised more clearly than I had previously the different relations, resonances, and connections in the ideas. I also undertook specific planning and envisioning processes that set me up well for the next part of the project.” Rhiannon Newton, Research Room resident 2019


Deborah Kelly (2009)
Raghav Handa (Feb 2013)
Sandra Parker (2013)
Peter Lenaerts (2014)
Orfee Schuijt (Feb 2014)
Theo Clinkard (Mar 2014)
Bianca Martin (Apr 2014)
André Bern (Oct 2014)
Annalouise Paul (Nov 2014)
Hellen Sky, Mark Cauvin (Nov 2014)
Anya McKee (Apr 2015)
Chloé Déchery (Mar 2015)
Ivey Wawn (May 2015)
Rhiannon Newton (Sep 2015)
Lizzie Thomson (Apr 2016)
Ivey Wawn (Jul 2016)
Eko Supriyanto (Jan 2017)
Margie Medlin (Feb 2017)
Anna Konjetzky (Apr 2017)
Rhiannon Newton (Sep 2017)
Rhiannon Newton (Jun 2019)
Nick Power (2019, 2024)
Annalouise Paul (Nov 2019)
Chloé Déchery (Jan 2020)
Priya Mistry (Apr 2020)
Patricia Wood (Jan 2021)
Diane Busuttil (2021, 2024)
Nikki Heywood (June 2023)
Nebahat Erpolat (2024)
Lux Eterna (2024)



Research Room Residencies are supported by Woollahra Municipal Council


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