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$10k ECU Arts Commission Up For Grabs

Friday, 24 July 2020


Calling all dancers, designers, theatre-makers, writers, musicians, singers, composers and choreographers who are WAAPA graduates.

Edith Cowan Commissions: the Arts in Society 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

ECU welcomes PROPOSALS from WAAPA graduates for a $10,000 commission to create a new work celebrating Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at ECU are collaborating to commission new work by WAAPA graduates in any of the performing arts discipline.

Funding of up to $10,000 is available to create a new work.

Works should be 10 – 20 minutes in length as appropriate to the work and format.

How to apply

Send the completed application form to by 5:00pm Monday 17 August 2020.

Decisions announced Monday 24 August 2020.

Commissions to be completed and delivered to WAAPA by 5:00pm Monday 30 November 2020.


Any WAAPA graduate can apply, individually or as a collaborative team (provided the collaboration can be done safely within current COVID health guidelines).

We are looking for creative work that celebrates the full scope and breadth of work nurses and midwives do which includes clinical specialities and leadership roles in research and policy driving change at national and international levels. Nurses and midwives bring together arts, humanities and science in their practice; deliver evidence-based practice with compassion and care and are healthcare professionals who provide front-line care to communities around the world.

The chosen commission will address at least one of the following strongly, and may address more than one of
these priorities:

  • Recognise and celebrate the modern face of nursing and midwifery;
  • Recognise and celebrate the value and impact of Nurses and Midwives to global health;
  • Inform about the variety of roles performed by nurses and midwives, across different settings and
  • Evidence the inherent balance of art and science in the delivery of care;
  • Tell the stories that haven’t yet been told;
  • Overcome limiting stereotypes of these vital professions of nursing and midwifery.

We are NOT looking for:

  • Traditional nursing figures (e.g. avoid Florence Nightingale);
  • A focus on COVID-19 – we see this as a great example of how nurses and midwives have stepped up to the challenge, but do not wish to see this as a central element in these commissions;
  • Nurses solely at the bedside or midwives only holding babies – we want the stories less told, the road less travelled, the surprising contributions.

This commission mobilises the enormous creativity and innovation of WAAPA graduates to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in 2020 and demonstrates the power of the performing arts in society.

The commission can be between 10 - 20 minutes in length, depending on the work proposed. Possible examples include but are not limited to:

  • Music composition in any genre, from a short jazz symphony, to an opera aria;
  • A one act play or a radio play;
  • A spoken word piece (in the manner of Kate Tempest) written, performed and recorded digitally;
  • A short film;
  • A costume design project;
  • A dance work;
  • An album of songs.

PLEASE NOTE: The winning commission may not be able to be performed live to an audience this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. It is important that the commission can be shared across digital and social media platforms. If an opportunity for live presentation arises in future it will be considered.


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