1. What is Uncovered by the Opera House?
Uncovered is a pilot retail mentorship program offering four emerging local creatives, makers or artists the opportunity to stock their uniquely Australian products in the Opera House’s on-site and online retail shop.
As well as showcasing their work in one of Australia’s most iconic retail environments, successful creatives will receive one-to-one advice from an expert panel in marketing and merchandising to prepare their products for the Opera House Shop.
Product submissions are being invited across four categories, including:
- Clothing and Accessories
- Prints, Photography and Art
- Homewares and Gifts
- First Nations: Products made by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people which reflect their connection to First Nations culture
2. How did Uncovered by the Opera House originate?
Uncovered originated from a small working team of retail experts striving to bring the best of Australian product to the Opera House Shop. The products showcased in the store strive to be as bold and inspiring as the Opera House itself and our team want to open up the opportunity for young makers to showcase their work in this space.
3. Who can apply?
The program is open to Australian makers, creatives and artists with an established and uniquely Australian product who are looking for a new opportunity to sell and promote their work.
To be eligible, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident over 18 years old, with an ABN and Australian bank account.
The Opera House will only accept applications from independent creatives who own the copyright for their product.
4. How can I apply and when do applications close?
To be considered for the Uncovered program, aspiring makers must meet the application criteria and complete the application form by clicking APPLY NOW.
As part of the application process, makers will be asked to describe their business, product, inspiration and its connection to Australia or the Sydney Opera House.
Detail on the product materials, packaging, production lead time, pricing and quantities available must also be included as part of your application.
Applications closed on Tuesday 6 August 2019 at 11.59pm AEST.
5. Am I too old/young?
As long as you are over 18 years, you are neither too old or too young to participate in Uncovered by the Opera House. You must also be a small business starting out in your industry.
6. If I am called for an interview but can’t make it, can I be interviewed on an alternate date?
The Uncovered team will endeavour to accommodate the shortlisted applicants for their interview. The interview may take place in person or via a phone or video call.
7. Can I submit more than one application?
You may only submit one application per year, in one of the four categories.
8. Can I put in a late application?
Late applications will not be accepted. Please ensure you submit your application by 11.59pm AEST on Tuesday 6 August 2019.
9. How will my application be assessed?
Applications will be assessed against a number of criteria, including creativity, innovation, suitability for the Sydney Opera House Shop and the Opera House’s values.
We are looking for products that reflect the Opera House’s vision to be bold and inspiring as the building itself.
10. If I am successful, when is the expected placements in store?
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be placed in the Sydney Opera House Shop for a period of 3 months during September 2019 - August 2020. The Opera House will advise when your product will be in store.
11. Who do I contact if I have any questions about my application?
If you have any questions about completing your application, please contact the Uncovered Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.