Geelong Performing Arts Centre has launched a bold initiative to help talented local artists fast-track their work from concept to performance.
Geelong theatre makers gathered at the arts centre this week to share ideas about growing the region’s creative capability.
CEO Joel McGuinness announced the Curious Mechanics: Makers program, calling for expressions of interest from “daring and ambitious” performance makers. Two artists will be selected to receive $10,000 of in-kind support to help them develop their idea, culminating in a performance in the Drama Theatre.
“Geelong is home to some fantastic artists and we want to work with them to create bold new works. Curious Mechanics: Makers is a creative development initiative to help artists get their ideas from concept to product and to an audience,” Joel said.
“We’re inviting Geelong’s most daring and ambitious performance makers to pitch their best ideas for presentation in 2019/20. We want to work with all kinds of artist - companies, writers, directors, makers and performers, offering a range of platforms and opportunities.”
The centre is looking for exciting new project ideas from any performing arts fields and projects will be selected with an adventurous audience in mind. “Fortune favours the brave, and we want to work with artists to create bold new works,” Joel said.
Supported by Deakin University, the program offers two selected artists a suite of benefits including access to the arts centre’s spaces for rehearsals and performances, production advice and mentoring, marketing assistance, use of equipment, access to front of house staff and ticketing services as well as opening night event catering.
“Deakin is delighted to support the Curious Mechanics: Makers program,’ said Vice Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander AO. “In the age of AI and digital disruption, the creative arts are the critical interface underpinning innovation – it’s where the very best ideas are conceived.”
The program’s title is a reference to the former Mechanics Institute, part of the centre’s original Ryrie Street buildings that have now given way to redevelopment. Scheduled for completion in mid-2019, the redevelopment will meet the needs of the city’s growing creative industry, with a space dedicated for use by creative practitioners and organisations.
Expressions of Interest in the Curious Mechanics program close on December 3 2018 at 5pm. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org