First Nations Early Career Writers-in-Residence 2020: MPavilion x Footscray Community Arts Centre

About the residency:

The residency is a three-month long program for three First Nations Early Career Writers from Monday 3rd August to Sunday 1st November.
The opportunity includes:

  • A desk space for the duration of the residency at Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), available as needed
  • A monthly meeting with the other writers and mentors to share ideas at FCAC
  • Editorial support from Bridget Caldwell and Maddee Clark (MPavilion’s 2018 writer-in-residence)
  • A fee of $2,000 awarded per writer

To apply:

  • Please provide a short bio (100-200 words)
  • Please provide a writing example (100-200 words)
  • Please let us know why you want to do the residency? (100-200 words)
  • Please provide a link to any supporting documentation (website or folio)

Send your application through to Jen Zielinska (Creative Director) at

Key information:

  • The writer must be based in Victoria and identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
  • The writer must be an early career writer
  • The writer must submit an expression of interest by Sunday 12th July to Jen Zielinska at


Each of the writers will be invited to create 1 x long forms essay in response to one of the MPavilion program themes:

  • Re-emerge: A Remix
  • IRL: Exploring Social Space
  • Preservation: Propagating Knowledge
  • 1+1: Who are we together?
  • Space: Experiments in time

Outcomes for this program will be shaped by participants based on their own goals

  • The publishing outcome will be determined by the three writers, with the support of Bridget Caldwell and Maddee Clark, who will help in connecting them to the desired publications.
  • The essays can also be published on the MPavilion and FCAC websites supported by social media and newsletters.
  • There are opportunities for the writers to host/be involved in literary events at MPavilion during the residency including the Blak Writing Skillshare for Indigenous writers and MPavilion Book Club. These will be discussed with the writers during the residency.

About the Organisations and Writers

MPavilion is an annual architectural commission combined with an innovative cross-disciplinary festival. Within this space, MPavilion delivers an ambitious summer program of free public talks and events at the leading edge of international creative practice.

Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) is an independent creative precinct in the western suburbs of Melbourne. It’s a place for artistic vibrancy, new work, big ideas and important conversations. Our programs focus on the nexus between creativity and social justice. We platform and prioritise the voices of artists from Indigenous, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, disability and LGBTQIA+ communities. Our year-round program offers unique performances, exhibitions, collaborative art workshops and community events.

Bridget Caldwell is a Jingili Mudburra writer and editor currently based in Narrm/Birraranga. She works as co-editor for Archer Magazine as well as literary journal The Lifted Brow. She was previously managing editor for Blak Brow, a Black Women’s Collective edition of The Lifted Brow.

Maddee Clark is a Yugambeh writer, editor, and curator. They have been published by Overland, Artlink, Next Wave, and NITV and are one of Un Magazine‘s co-editors from 2018 to 2019. Maddee is also a Ph.D candidate at the University of Melbourne, writing on Indigenous Futurism and race, and has taught and consulted across the university’s Bachelor of Arts (Extended) program for Indigenous students