PROPEL residents announced!

Four emerging artists have been selected for the inaugural Propel Projects Emerging Performers Residency (PROPEL). Residents will access professional space to create, rehearse and perform as well as connect with a team of mentors and additional support to help them hone their craft and propel their art practice to the next level. 

The four residents are:

YALIA is a collaboration between singer-songwriter and producer Alia Sharp, and dancer and physical performer Emily Yali. Combining the complex beat-making and eclectic vocals of Alia and the grounding and ethereal bodywork of Yali, YALIA combines storytelling, song writing and physical theatre to tell stories with their bodies and voices, often featuring costumes or props made with organic and recycled materials. 

“We are excited to see what this opportunity will allow us to create and share with the community that has nourished us for many years. Thank you!” said the duo.

YALIA aims for the residency experience to produce a live show that is part storytelling and part live music. The focus will be on issues such as environmental justice and body image.

Jerrah Patston 
Jerrah Patston is a 25-year-old musician from Springwood who works in Parramatta at the Club Weld studio for neurodiverse musicians where he collaborates with Sam Worrad. 

"Doing a residency in my hometown will help me get comfortable with bigger stages. I’m excited to share my new songs about different places I've been - they're great to sing and I think people will want to sing along,” said Jerrah.

“Live performance and larger stages can hold some sensory challenges for artists with autism, and getting to know these spaces will be great for Jerrah's career...I'm really happy to see this recognition of Jerrah's brilliant musicianship and artistry," said Sam.

Completing a residency which utilises professional performance space and technical support will help Jerrah to put together a professional show for his upcoming Going Places album release, maximising the impact of visual and lighting transitions. Jerrah and Sam plan to include projections for each song/location.

Katya Petetskaya
Katya Petetskaya is an established visual artist who is developing her practise in performance art. Born in the Soviet Union, she grew up through the change of regimes in 90’s Russia which continues to have an impact on her practice today.  

“I am very excited about the support of the PROPEL Residency in helping me to develop a live performance suitable for a professional stage production, an opportunity I have never had before. It will bring my performance work to another level!” she said.

Katya will be undertaking the residency with her project MORPHISM, an experience of time-layering and the co-existence of the past, present and future. 

Maizy Coombes
Maizy Coombes is a violinist and folk singer/songwriter who experiments with a loop pedal to support herself. “The best way I can think to describe my creative arts practice is: I’m a folk musician that went a bit rogue with a loop pedal,” says Maizy.  "I've always felt lucky growing up in such a supportive creative community. To be presented with this opportunity only adds to this feeling. I'm hoping that through the residency I can create a performance that I'm proud to share with the community I'm proud to be a part of.”

The outcome of the residency will be the performance of an immersive performance of “Maizy Coombes” original music that can then go on the road.

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Propel Projects Emerging Performers Residency

Propel Projects Emerging Performers Residency (PROPEL) is a unique opportunity for emerging local performing artists to access space to create, rehearse and perform as well as connect with mentors and additional support to help them hone their craft and propel their art practice to the next level. 

In our inaugural year, we are offering time and space within Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) facilities for emerging practitioners to develop new work or rehearse existing works. Residents will also have access to a suite of additional support, networking and performance opportunities including an artist stipend, industry mentorships, technical and production support, and most excitingly, the opportunity to perform within the region’s premier performing arts facility, The Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub.

Coordinated by the BMCC’s Cultural Development department in partnership with the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, and with generous support from the City of the Arts Trust and MTNS Made, there will be four residencies across the next 12 months with two between August 2022 to January 2023 and two between January and June 2023. 

Please download and read the Propel Projects Information and Guidelines below before starting your application.

Applications for the 22/23 Propel Projects - Emerging Performers residency closed 24th July, 2022. Successful applicants will be announced in August.