The UpRiver Creative Development residencies support artists with in-kind access to accommodation and rehearsal space during the creative development stages of new performance works. A partnership with Australian Landscape Trust (ALT) provides RYT with access to a range of accommodation options at Calperum Station, a 250,000 hectare former leasehold sheep property with frontage on the River Murray and, further north, an expanse of Mallee country.

Calperum Station is important locally, nationally and internationally because of its intact mallee vegetation, the presence of several threatened bird species, and their wetlands and related species. The Mallee scrubland of Australia is one of the most endangered vegetation types in the world, making it a significant location to generate new artistic works with a focus on environment.

In receipt, artists are asked to share their skills with young people and the community in a gift-back workshop or work in progress showing.


  • Showcases the region’s unique natural environment to artists with a focus on environment and regional settings.
  • Support art form and professional development of young, emerging, early career and independent artists from across South Australia, interstate and overseas.
  • Create opportunities for interaction with professional artists for RYT staff, regional artists, arts workers, young people and the Riverland community and create opportunities for future collaboration.
  • Allow for out of town performance creative development showings for successful UpRiver applicants if appropriate.
  • Create opportunities for interaction between professional and young emerging artists, RYT staff, regional artists, arts workers, and community.