We are seeking proposals from South Australian-led creative teams for a two-week creative development residency at Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide, Kaurna Yerta, in the leadup to and inclusive of Adhocracy.

What are we looking for?

We are interested in projects that:

-Explore ideas, research questions, provocations and concepts;
-Are culturally, politically and socially informed and relevant;
-Provide a methodology for genuine experimentation (with consideration of areas such as decolonisation, collaboration, technology, interdisciplinary practice, climate, community engagement, as relevant);
-Are a genuine collaboration between a creative team;
-Are new works in the early stages of development that can benefit from this type of hothouse opportunity.

Key information

The selected project will undertake a two-week creative development residency at Hart’s Mill (in either the Flour Shed or the Packing Shed) from Monday 22 August to Sunday 4 September, inclusive of Adhocracy itself. Like other selected projects, the Hart’s Mill residency project will feature in the public program, presenting one talk, showing or other activity on each of the three-night public program (2-4 September).

The selected project will receive $6000 towards artist fees and materials. You will also receive some additional curatorial, production and documentation support from Vitalstatistix.

This is an opportunity for collaboration, experimentation, creative development, and feedback from other artists and audiences.

If you haven’t attended or participated in Adhocracy before we highly recommend you check out the 2020 and 2021 sites, the 2019 public program and short documentary videos from previous years.

How to apply

To submit your proposal, please provide us with the following via our online form.

A description of your project: including the key ideas you are exploring and your general approach/methodology to the work’s creative development including how you would use four days at Adhocracy (max two pages).

A description of the creative team undertaking the project: who you are and why are you working together. You may include short biographies (max two pages, including the bios). If you have a large team/project and are applying to develop a specific component, please be clear which artists will directly be involved in Adhocracy.

Other notes (optional): We do not require a detailed budget or production information (we will work with you on this if selected) however you may like to provide any other notes that you think might be useful or contextual – see FAQs & Advice section (max one page).

The above information should be provided in one PDF document which you can upload to the form.

One item of support material: provided by URL.

Optional: One letter of support or recommendation from an artistic peer that can be uploaded; and an option to provide a second item of support material by URL.

Amount: In applying for the Hart’s Mill residency you are automatically applying for $6000. You also have the option to be considered in the general round for the four-day Adhocracy hothouse. (in the form please include a spot where they can tick if they want their proposal considered under general proposals as well)

Note: Due to the high volume of proposals we receive please stick to the information we have asked for above. Please only submit PDFs (not Word documents). Non-pdf audio visual or web-based support material must be provided as URLs on the cover form. Please ensure you clearly name your documents with your name and project title and that you note any passwords for support material.


For enquiries contact us via program@vitalstatistix.com.au or phone 08 8447 6211.

APPLICATIONS are due BY midnight TUYESDAY 31 may 2022

FAQs & Advice for Hart’s Mill residency

Can I visit Hart’s Mill before I apply? No, that is currently not possible. Contact us for further information if required.

Do all the artists I am working with need to be South Australian? No, they don’t all need to be however the residency must primarily benefit South Australian artists and be led by them. However, a well considered non-SA collaborator/s will absolutely be thought of positively if it makes sense for the project.

Can I do the residency at a different time? No, it must be undertaken in the fortnight leading into and inclusive of Adhocracy.

Please also see FAQs for the general proposals.

Project Dates

Waterside, 11 Nile St, and Hart’s Mill, Mundy St, Port Adelaide, Kaurna Yerta

Call for applications: Closes MAY 31