Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre Artist Residency

Country Arts SA in partnership with SA Power Networks and with support from Arts SA is pleased to announce two new residency opportunities.

Dr Jesse Budel and Cynthia Schwertsik were selected to undertake a three week residency each at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.

Budel is a composer-performer, sound artist, curator and arts entrepreneur who hails from Murray Bridge. His works are for diverse media and spaces, ranging from acoustic concert instrumentation through to installations works.

Schwertsik is hesitant to define or pigeonhole her practice. She works across performance and visual arts, often in site-specific situations where she responds to a space and often leaves no trace. Also creating video and photography, she produces powerful imagery inspired by landscape and public space.

Jesse Budel will be in residence from Tuesday 8 October until Saturday 26 October 2019.

Cynthia Schwertsik will be in residence from Tuesday 12 November until Saturday 30 November 2019.



The Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre residency is intended to attract an artist(s) who can re-energise traditional spaces in non-traditional ways: we encourage artists to look at our stages, dressing rooms, auditoriums, foyers, courtyards, outdoor entry spaces, floors, walls and the spaces between and create contemporary work in any medium that would be unexpected, that opens the public’s eyes and minds to seeing the spaces in new ways, taking inspiration from the character of the local community and environment.

The residency provides the artists with space away from their usual environment, providing a time of reflection and immersion in a new experience. It will allow the artists to explore their practice within another setting; meeting new people, experiencing life in a new location and potentially integrating elements of that experience into their art. Art residencies emphasise the importance of meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchanges in the making of new work for public display.



October 8 - November 30 2019


Artist in Residence


Jesse Budel and Cynthia Schwertsik


Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

Country Arts SA recognises and respects that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.