Expressions of Interest for RatTrap are open until 30 November, 2017.

The Red Rattler is currently taking expressions of interest for their Artist in Residence Program as part of their in-house creative program, RatTrap.

This program aims to provide opportunities and a platform for the post-emerging segment of the creative community, particularly those who are working within the subcultural arts sphere: Artists and creators who have an established practice however not as yet a sustainable career -
i.e. creators with around 5 years of professional practice, who would like to extend their practice or experiment with a new practice or concept in a safe, supportive and low-risk environment.

You will have access to the residency space from 9am – 10pm, Tuesday – Sunday each week of your residency. This space is ideal for the initial stages of creative developments, research, writing, new media exploration, small-scale collaborations, curators, event creators etc.

Each residency will have up to two days (in total) access to the main space in order to present their residency outcomes. This outcome is a key expectation of the residency.

As the Red Rattler is primarily volunteer-run, part of the expectation of the residency is that the artist/s become involved with the community of the Red Rattler. This includes attending some in-house events, and assisting staff and volunteers within the space on occasion.

Minimum residency period: 3 month minimum. More than one 3 month period may be applied for depending on the scope of the project, and the commitment of the artist to supporting the Red Rattler during the residency.

Cost of residency for successful application: $50/month to assist with utilities and general maintenance of space costs.


Please send to

A brief outline of your practice with up to 3 images/examples of recent work Elect your preferred residency period: January - March, 2018 April – June, 2018 July – September, 2018 October – December, 2018 A one-page (max) pitch for your concept or outline of how you will utilise your time with the space, and how it addresses some/all of the selection criteria. Your CV Link to websites and other online platform

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Regrette Etcetera is a Sydney-based performer, activist, writer, costumier, DJ, & whore, with a very marketable set of identity descriptors. Described as “Kathy acker’s X-Files or Alfred Jarry as a Cockette”, her syncretic, content-heavy and context-specific work throws everything from military theory to feminist cryptozoology to esoteric Trans-Marxism into a psychedelic scholarly blender, serving up some frequently unsettling interventions. After 15 years of inter-disciplinary underground cultural production in squats, nightclubs, parties and protests (with occasional Art World & Gay-stream forays) across the world, and with myriad projects, blogs, magazines, and scandalous shows to her name, who knows what’s next from Regrette...

Regrette Etcetera (artist page)
DJ Meta Etcetera


Emma Rose Smith is a writer from the Hunter Valley. She is interested in accountability, queerness, mental health, and the politics of representation. She has just completed a thesis about hysterical voices and symptoms in literature, via studies of Alexis Wright’s
The Swan Bookand Thea Astley’sDrylands. She is drafting a novella about contradictions, friendship and guilt. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry can be read in The Grapple Annual,Voiceworks, Seizure, Mascara, The UTS Writers’ Anthology and other publications and zines. Her work has been performed at Spineless Wonders’
Little Fictions storytelling night, the National Young Writers’ Festival, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Noted, Enough Said (headline poetry act), the national conference of the Network of Women Students Australia (NOWSA), Art Party, and Subsonic music festival. By day she is an editor at Currency Press. By weekend she gardens haphazardly. Other times she is an active member of the SIBILS collective, a multidisciplinary group of arts practitioners.

APRIL – June 2017

Ben Harb
is a young composer and performer from Canberra. A recent graduate from the Australian Nation University’s School of Music Ben has worked with many members of the local and international experimental music and art communities. Ben has worked and performed with a number of acts within Canberra including the ANU New Music Ensemble, the Experimental Music Studio, Opus and bands such as Ecruteak and Lost Coast.

Recently, Ben’s work has focused on the use of electro acoustic instrumentation, spatialisation, and open form composition. Ben also focuses on composition techniques that allow the performer control over the work’s parameters changing the piece each time it is performed. Ben also works on developing new forms of notation and direction that do not rely on the practices of standardised forms, allowing the performer more control over their interpretation and expression of the work. By combining this with fixed media, Ben creates an interesting soundscape in a live performance setting and on record.
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July – September 2017

Tim Hansen is a composer, music director and songwriter known for blending cabaret and theatrical idioms with contemporary concert music. His music is an expression of his lifelong fascination with storytelling, be they fairy tales, ancient myths, or the simple, domestic everyday stories of the lives of those around him. His work draws from a dark but gleeful palette inspired by sources as diverse as Weimar cabaret, circus music, 20th century modernism, music theatre and post-minimalism.

Tim is a director of the W4 New Music collective based in New York, along with his co-directors Matt Frey, Molly Herron and Ruben Naeff. The collective combines the individual voices of each composer and other artists to create cohesive programs of new music, and has included an oratorio based on Moby Dick performed by Contemporaneous and presented by New York's MATA festival; and Cellophilia, which featured contemporary works entirely for cello and which was remounted as part of Fast Forward Austin festival in Austin Texas.

Along with collaborator Will Hannagan (Melbourne), Tim is currently a resident artist at the Hayes Theatre as part of New Musicals Australia’s new musical program. Other residency credits include being a composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival, the Avaloch New Music Institute, and twice artist-in-residence at Hill End, NSW. In addition to being short listed for the APRA Professional Development award in 2010 and 2013, Tim has been awarded the Frank Ponton Memorial Prize, the Darwin International Guitar Festival Composition Prize and an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. He also co-founded the ExhAust Australian music ensemble in New York, a group dedicated to presenting the work of Australian artists in New York City.

An enthusiastic and charismatic educator, Tim has created two online lessons for TED on music. He is currently composer in residence at Santa Sabina College and is engaged with Musica Viva as part of the 'Musician in the Classroom' program. He is also a major contributor to Soundfly, a US-based website filled dedicated to the idea that anyone can be a musician.

Tim has worked extensively with music ensembles, cabaret groups and theatre companies around Australia and in the USA such as Everyman Theatre, Synergy Percussion, Contemporaneous, JACK quartet, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and TRANSIT ensemble. He also regularly works with young people in the arts, and has worked with Canberra Youth Theatre, Australian Theatre for Young People and Shopfront Youth Theatre in Australia and the Lucy Moses School, Camp Broadway and The New Group in New York.

Tim is also a total nerd and would spend his life as a student if he could. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre & Media)(Honours) from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Australian National University in Canberra, and a Master of Music Theory and Composition from New York University. His teachers include Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Martin Bresnick, Lisa Moore, David Lang, Jim Cotter, Larry Sitsky and Toby Twining.