We work with industry partners from artist development to production, and incorporate artist processes and outcomes into teaching and research. Visiting artists provide opportunities for researchers and students to engage with their work, providing expertise in specific disciplinary fields and access to creative networks. 

There are also many invitations to showings and works in progress. We encourage you to attend, ask questions and give feedback. 

  • SAM Alumni Creative Residency & Grant Co-Recipients

    Our 2020 recipients for the SAM Alumni Creative Residency & Grant are (left to right) Alexandra Spence, Michael Brady and Mohini Herse.

    The artists will complete their residencies at various dates throughout 2020, working in SAM rehearsal spaces, recording studios and using production facilities and equipment. Read more about our 2020 recipients here

    Young Women's Jazz Orchestra

    The Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra (YWJO) is a dynamic large ensemble for talented young women aged 16-23 interested in pursuing jazz at a professional level, honing their improvisation skills and looking for experience playing in a large ensemble.

    Ensemble members receive tutelage from experienced professional musicians, and professional performance opportunities at popular Sydney venues including Camelot Lounge, Lazybones Lounge, Foundry 616 and more. The band also plays at respected festivals including the Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival and Blackheath Jazz Festival.

  • Performance Space Experimental Residency

    Zaya Barroso // Liveworks 2019

    Zaya Barroso is a singer-songwriter and performer with a rich and diverse background in Sydney’s music scene. After launching a solo career in 2015, she has performed as the support act for Suzy Shock in Buenos Aires in 2016, and, Tránsito, a music video Zaya directed, was screened at the Peltz Gallery in London, CCCB in Barcelona and Bologna, Italy. Tránsito explores hormones, re-birth and processes of transformation. 

    Zaya’s song-writing is unapologetically honest, tapping into her personal experiences of resilience against abusers, and transphobia, within fascistic organisations and families. She is motivated by celebrating life as it is whilst creating and staging art in the moment, within the everyday. Zaya believes in expression as activism, choosing the dance-floor to explore both struggle and joy. 

    Gail Priest // Liveworks 2019


    Gail Priest in collaboration with Tom Burless with guest performances by Sonya Holowell and Carolyn Connors.

    Sound artist Gail Priest will work with designer/fabricator Tom Burless to explore a range of material manifestations of sounds with a particular interest in cymatic visualisation. Cymatics is the process in which a liquid or fine grained substance shows the vibrational patterns of a sound. While cymatics has become popular over the last few years, Gail and Tom will be drawing on the lesser known processes of pioneering scientist and vocalist Margaret Watts-Hughes, creator of the Eidophone in 1885. The installation and concert performances attempt to illustrate the ongoing negotiation of sounding events and material surfaces exploring the relational zone between objects and their qualities — the visible and the invisible. 

    Visit Performance Space here.

  • SAM Alumni Creative Residency & Grant Recipient

    David Williams: Public Good

    David was in the Creative Practice Lab spaces in early November 2018, developing his project Public Good (Parts 1-4). The residency will be an epic expansion of his recent verbatim theatre works exploring workplace cultures. He's put together a dream team of creatives, including Gail Priest, Rosalyn Oades, and Isabel Hudson.