|107 Projects Redfern|
photo Catherine McElhone
With the recent closures of FraserStudios and Serial Space—key alternate rehearsal, performance and exhibition venues in inner city Sydney—it looked like dark days ahead but it seems the gap will be quickly filled by two recent artist-run collaborative ventures. 107 Projects in Redfern officially opened its doors September 8 after a few months of low-key operations. This new 'House of Art and Culture’ is run by the team responsible for the much loved 107 space (spooky yes?), in Hibernian House on Elizabeth Street, known variously as Knot Gallery, Token Imagination and the frequency lab (see my first encounter with the space in RT48). This new venture, sanctioned by the City of Sydney, is a converted car park that offers artist studios and rehearsal spaces for hire. One gallery space is up and running with a second to be completed shortly. Soundproofing is also underway so that 107 can effectively host music and performance events and festivals in the near future.
107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern, Sydney; check the website for upcoming events. The team is happy to receive proposals for studio residencies, workshops, performances and events: http://www.107projects.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
the arts platform
The Arts Platform is another new space that has recently opened in Sydney’s Surry Hills. Run by a team of volunteers headed by board director Sama Ky Balson and associate director Kirk Page (see review of their work on last year’s Lucky by IPAN), the Arts Platform not only offers rehearsal and presentation space but also a range of workshops in writing, movement, physical conditioning and filmmaking as well as providing industry forums. Arts Platform is calling for proposals for a range of residencies ranging from 10 to 40 hours of studio access.
The Arts Platform, 268A Devonshire St, Surry Hills, Sydney; performing arts and writers applications due Sept 21, visual arts, arts & culture applications due Sept 28. See website for more information http://www.theartsplatform.com/build/services/residencies/
kickstart, next wave
While we’re still digesting the 2012 installment of Next Wave (see articles in RT109), the team, once again headed by Emily Sexton, is looking forward to the next extravaganza. The 2014 theme has recently been announced—New Grand Narrative—exploring how the many methods with which we filter of our world via media and technology are affecting the way we understand the ‘big picture’ and the big stories. With the festival due just under two years, the call for Kickstart applications is now open. The program offers money, time and space for emerging artists to create significant projects with an emphasis on developing skills for sustainable careers in the arts. Projects can take any form but experimentation, collaboration and innovative approaches to site, community and audience engagement define the territory. And, of course, relevance to the 2014 theme. The Next Wave team is currently touring the country conducting information sessions. Check out the website for dates.
Next Wave, Kickstart applications close Nov 2; http://nextwave.org.au/kickstart/
new music network mini series
The New Music Network, dedicated to the promotion and presentation of new music within Australia, is calling for proposals for the 2013 New Music Mini Series. Established in 2005 to highlight the “next generation” of artists, the Mini Series curators seek proposals from artists and ensembles “starting out in their performing careers and/or creating new projects” (press release). Concerts must take place within Australia and genres can include electronic, improvised and composed new music. An additional project in collaboration with Campbelltown Arts Centre is focusing on new music projects associated with Australian birdsong.
Applications are due Nov 30, 2012, for more information see http://www.newmusicnetwork.com.au/Concerts/miniseriesinfo.html
RealTime issue #110 Aug-Sept 2012 pg. web
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