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Open Source Residency


Open Source residency program is designed to support individuals, groups or collectives of young artists to move their practice and careers to the next level and beyond.



With media sources no one can trust and algorithms dictating our content, what can we do to cut through the white noise to better understand each other’s experiences?

In 2019, we step outside of the echo chamber and into each others living rooms. Developing our understanding of the lived experience of our peers throughout the world.

Building bridges and growing our empathy one new friend at a time.

Putting to rest the fake news and dumb views bombarding our feeds.



Open Source Residency supports artists and/or collectives under 30 years of age, from any background or discipline, who are creating new work resonating with the themes of Backbone’s 2019 program FAKE NEWS/DUMB VIEWS.

2019 Open Source Residents will receive:

  • A responsive professional practice and development program

  • 12 months of development support from Backbone

  • Three months of free space for development of new work at our venue, the old East Brisbane Bowls Club (January - March, April - June, July - September) OR space for regular events held throughout 2019

  • Presentation of their work in the Backbone Festival in November 2019

  • Professional development workshops with industry mentors throughout 2019

If you’d like to know more information about how you can work with Backbone, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

Submissions for Backbone’s 2019 Artist Programs have now closed. Thank you for your interest! All artists and groups will be contacted shortly.


2018 Resiedents


2018 residents also include BlakDance, Ausdance Open Practice, Max Fowler-Roy and Lexicon

As an ensemble we have found this support to be useful because it has been instrumental to the success of the project thus far. As an emerging drama facilitator and director, the mentoring and dramaturgical support in terms of the performance piece has been wonderful and much appreciated.
— Grace Edward, Lead Facilitator/Director of Linking Generations Project 2018
It is through the opportunities provided to us by Backbone that we have been able to raise our own capitol to be fed back into our practice. Without the creative and administrative pathways forged by Backbone and our Open Source residency, The SUI Ensemble’s work may not have existed this year.
— Daniel Gough, Artistic Director of The Sui Ensemble
I have found open source to be a genuinely supportive, highly flexible and transparent program. Katherine Quigley and her team have provided me with opportunities, assistance and positive influence crucial to my newly found confidence as an artist, without compromising my practice in anyway.
— Max Fowler-Roy, Musician and Producer of Future Sound of Maccas

2017 Residents

Magnetic North Theatre Company
hawkes bay youth theatre
Share house theatre company
the big crew
Nicole Harvey
The Sui Ensemble