the sweet seat residency

rebecca's world

the sweet seat

a desk and mentorship gift.

dr keith armstrong and steve berrick residency with consultancy from pvi collective

availability: by application or invitation. applications are open year-round. 
residency length: 3 months
studio hours: residents have 24/7 access
residency fees: free! 

incuded benefits:

  • desk space in the pvi collective office and uninterrupted time for residents to research and develop new work in a supportive environment.
  • 1 hour mentorship with a pvi team member of your choice each week
  • professional advice and networking
  • insights into pvi collective’s history, practice, research & development activities & working methodologies
  • free wifi
  • access to printer
  • amenities
  • close to public transport, northbridge and mt lawley

we strive to provide a warm, welcoming and creative environment and will look to tailor support in relation to the successful applicant’s needs.

about the residency:

this residency would ideally suit research and development of a project or body of work. a dedicated desk in the pvi studio is provided in a supportive environment, within a hive of creative activity.

it would suit an artist at a liminal point in their career – emerging, mid-career or established, looking for time and space for inspiration. it would suit someone with a desk-based aspect to their practice. 

this is an offer of a creative place to work for three months, with some mentorship time with pvi collective.

about the studio space:

the residency includes access to free wifi, amenities such as printer, desk and drawers, shared kitchen and toilets. it is close to public transport, northbridge and mount lawley.

pvi hopes to foster a collegial working environment and encourages debate and exchange with residents throughout the residency. additional provocateur support with a pvi collective artist is also available, please ask us about applicable fees.

residency support:

the successful applicant will receive a letter of support if needed to apply for any funding to undertake the residency. no fees, accommodation or travel support are available. 

residency location:

24 brisbane st perth is pvi collective’s studio and co-lab space. it’s an old church that has been renovated to have modern offices facing the street. the building houses the studio and offices for the company as well the co-lab shared working space residency for artists and other creative industries.

who are we looking for?

pvi is hoping to support and nurture creatively fearless makers or producers who are working in the following areas of practice:

  • the audience experience: participatory performance and immersive theatre
  • creative geekery: coding, games design and theory
  • genre busting artforms: interdisciplinary and live art practice
  • pervasive gaming: the use of mobile media
  • social engagement: creative intervention / space activation / site specific work

we are keen to support artists who are actively exploring similar fields of research and practice to enable opportunities to skill-share allowing for us all to deepen our engagement with the kind of work that keeps the fire in our bellies alight. 

applications are open to local, interstate or international artists. pvi can provide successful applicants with a letter of support for any additional funding required.

expression of interest:

in your expression of interest, we’d like to know a bit about you and your practice and why you’d like to undertake this residency at this time.

please address the following as succinctly as you can:

  • outline your practice: who are you, what do you do, how long have you been doing it, why do you do it? [please refer to the “who are we looking for?” section and ensure you fit these criteria.]
  • why is this residency of interest to you? what do you think you can gain from it in terms of your practice and/or career?
  • what is the project or area of research you will work on whilst in residence?
  • is there anything else you would like us to know?
  • please include links to examples of your previous work if you have them.

apply online here.

complete applicant details section of the online form and attach your eoi and a recent cv or bio as a pdf when prompted.  you can also attach a letter of support if you would like.

if you have difficulties or questions, please contact finn at:

our 2017 residents: 

steven james finchjulyseptember 2017

photography by kristinn hermanniusson, documentation of a performance, carrying the grr from fremantle to perth.

sj finch is a community artist, writer and arts worker. in 2016 as part of the blue room theatre’s summer nights program, finch built a yurt and hosted a mini-festival of theatre shows called grr nights. he also wrote and co-produced five petals with alina tang, a 1-on-1 performance for the crack theatre festival. most recently, he was the project officer for propel youth arts wa, producing the kickstart festival for national youth week 2017.

during his residency, steven will be working on oriel, a browser-based augmented reality app for mobile phones where users can interact with pins on a topographical map, linked to artworks, media documentation of secret performances, natural environments, protests, historical transcripts and so on. It encourages digital interactive pilgrimages through the city.


rebecca riggs-bennett | october – december 2017

rebecca’s world

Rebecca Riggs-Bennett is a solo electronic sound artist as well as a music producer, composer, and sound designer for performance companies, artists and collectives.

she performs under the name rebecca’s world. She started creating music for different projects in January 2016 and has since developed sound work for companies including Sliders Youth Circus, Propel YA, and Indefinite Articles. Her work has been performed in venues and festivals such as The Blue Room Theatre, PICA, Glastonbury Festival, KickstART Festival, Fremantle Festival and Fringe World.


during her residency, she will develop my sandman is a one-on-one performance piece about connecting our dreams to our everyday consciousness. Using electronic compositions, recordings and ambient soundscapes, rebecca’s world invites audiences to be comfortable with their own imaginative encounters whilst she handles and tailors what will be their very own ‘sandman’ experience. 
‘my sandman’ is an investigation into the ways music and sound can trigger responses, reactions and emotions, whether that be consciously or subconsciously; awake or asleep. It is a performance that lightly touches the senses and plays with reminiscence. 


phoebe sullivanjanuary – march 2018

‘lady of the lavendar’ by phoebe sullivan

phoebe sullivan is an interdisciplinary artist and theatre maker based in perth, wa. a graduate from the western australian academy of performing arts (waapa) with a bachelor majoring in performance making, phoebe creates work that showcases humanity’s tenderness, vulnerability and flawed existence. phoebe’s most recent work is blueprint at the blue room theatre season one. 

during her residency, phoebe will continue to work on lady of the lavender, a physical theatre work bridging forms between movement, text and live instruments. the work is inspired by duke ellington’s composition, ‘lady of the lavender mist’, the symbolism and cultural significance of lavender flowers, and all-too-common life experiences. on this project, phoebe works with perth-based composer, arranger and musician, dr. mace francis. 

this residency is a continuation of the project phoebe and mace presented as feature artists at KISS club at pica earlier this year. we’re happy to be able to continue to support phoebe in her development.


poppy van oorde-grainger

Poppy van Oorde-Grainger is an Australian filmmaker and artist specialising in collaborating with communities. She has made work for Nickelodeon, Perth International Arts Festival, London International Festival of Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu in China and Macrobert in Scotland. Poppy has completed a BA Fine Arts, Graduate Diploma in Primary Education and BA in Film and TV. She won the Fremantle Print Award in 2002 and the Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for young leaders in Community Cultural Development in 2010.

During her residency, Poppy will recieve mentorship about interdisciplinary, site-specific space activation and creative intervention with a focus on the audience’s experience and the use of digital media within that.

Poppy is at a liminal point in her career where she is working independently and directing and producing several interdisciplinary works involving audience participation and/or collaboration with non-artists.

Projects include: Galactagogue – a multi-artform concert containing an interactive projection-mapped, motion-tracked video projection within which Felicity Groom will perform her third album, creating a unique experience for each show. A pivotal part of this project is the creation of an App which audience members can install on their phones to participate in the interactive elements of the show.

Galup – an interactice walking performance by Ian Wilkes exploring the history of Lake Galup / Lake Monger. In this site-specific work, the audience circumnavigates the lake stopping at various intervals to watch live and digital scenes and complete participatory actions.