Makeshift @ Arts House

DEVISE Makeshift Workshop offers insight into the creative process and methodology Rawcus employs in its rehearsal room when creating new work with a diverse team of performers and designers.

Over three days you will break-down ideas of inclusive practice and how this is applied within ensemble and devising processes: what might it look like, how does it interact with design and how can we think about it in a broad and nuanced way?

A combination of discussion, performance tasks, devising exercises, reflection and exchange, participants will have the opportunity to work with Rawcus designers Emily Barrie (set and costumes), Jethro Woodward (sound), Richard Vabre (lighting) and try out ideas alongside members of the Rawcus Ensemble.

Who is it for?
This is for artists who are interested in ensemble devising processes, inclusive practices and access aesthetics with a special call for artists who identify as Deaf and disabled.

How to Apply
This Makeshift Workshop can support up to 12 participants. It is important that participants can commit to attend all three days. Participants are provided with a $300 stipend and lunch each day. Additional services including Auslan interpreting are available – please notify when applying. Lead Makeshift artists determine the application and selection process for participating artists.

Deadline for applications:

The online application asks you to consider the questions below. If you are unable to complete the online form and prefer to submit a video or audio response to the questions please send a URL link (Dropbox / YouTube/ Vimeo) by the submission date to

  • Tell us about yourself and your practice?
  • What do you want to get out of this workshop?
  • What are the questions you are grappling with in your work right now? (Optional question).

Applications close Thursday 6 February at midnight, apply here.

Call out opens: Thu 21 Nov
Call out closes: Thu 6 Feb, midnight
Workshop: Mon 20 – Wed 22 Apr, 10am – 4pm
Apply here

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Arts House is committed to ensuring our programs are open and accessible to all people and all communities. If you require Auslan services or have specific access requirements to participate in this workshop please detail when applying.

Makeshift Workshop: DEVISE – inclusive practice with ensembles