1. What is Uncovered by the Sydney Opera House?
Uncovered is a retail program now in its second year, offering three emerging local creatives, makers, or artists the opportunity to stock their uniquely Australian product in the Sydney Opera House’s on-site and online retail shop.
Product submissions are being invited across three categories:
- Jewellery and Accessories
- Prints, Photography and Art
- Homewares and Gifts
2. How did Uncovered by the Sydney Opera House originate?
Uncovered originated from a small working team of retail experts striving to bring the best of Australian products to the Sydney Opera House Shop. The products showcased in the store strive to be as bold and inspiring as the Sydney Opera House itself and our team want to give Australian creatives and makers the opportunity to showcase their work using the shelves of the Sydney Opera House Shop as a new stage.
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 Sydney Opera House will only accept applications from independent creatives who own the copyright for their products.
4. How can I apply and when do applications close?
Applications for the 2021 season are now closed. Sign up to our enews to stay in the loop and be the first to know about future Uncovered seasons.
5. Am I too old/young to apply?
As long as you are over 18 years, you are neither too old or too young to participate in Uncovered by the Sydney Opera House.
6. If my application is shortlisted, how will I be contacted?
The Uncovered team will endeavour to contact all applicants to acknowledge if they have been successful in their application for this year or not. If shortlisted, applicants will be contacted via phone or email to discuss their application further.
7. Can I submit more than one application?
You may only submit one application per year, in one of the three categories.
8. Can I put in a late application?
Late applications will not be accepted. Applications for 2021 are now closed.
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 alignment to our values (see below).
The land on which the Sydney Opera House stands has been a place of gathering for the Gadigal, and Sydney basin clans to dance, sing, feast, exchange knowledge and share stories. The Sydney Opera House carries on this legacy by embracing and celebrating the culture of Australia’s First Nations People and First Nations globally.
The Sydney Opera House’s architect, Jørn Utzon, incorporated sustainable design elements to ensure we continue to preserve the land of the Gadigal People. The Sydney Opera House aims to be a leader in environmental and social sustainability with its 2020-2023 Sustainability Plan that builds on the legacy of the Gadigal People.
If you are a First Nations maker or a artist of sustainable products we would love to see your work amongst the applications.
Furthermore, we are looking for products that reflect the Sydney Opera House’s vision to be as bold and inspiring as the building itself.
Sydney Opera House Values:
- Creativity: Be bold and innovative
- Excellence: Strive for the best
- Collaboration: One team
- Accountability: Focus and own it
- Safety: Our greatest responsibility
10. If I am successful, when are the expected placements in store?
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be placed in the Sydney Opera House Shop for a period of three months in 2021. The Sydney Opera House will advise you 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 email@example.com.