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Applications for the 2018 Music Scholarships are now open!

Penrith Conservatorium of Music is excited to announce its prestigious music scholarship program for 2018.

Penrith Conservatorium of Music, housed at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is driven by a passion for music that has enriched the lives of the local community for over 28 years.

Penrith and the local region are homes to a wealth of musical talent and the Conservatorium is committed to developing and nurturing this talent.

The Conservatorium is offering seven highly sought-after Scholarships through a competitive application and live audition process. The Scholarships recognise future potential and provide the chance for students to take their gift to the next level.

At the heart of the Conservatorium’s Scholarships program is a team of over 20 tutors all with outstanding qualifications as both performers and teachers offering individual tuition from beginner through to AMEB Grade 8 and beyond to concert standard. Many students go on to become musicians and music educators themselves.

Thanks to the generosity of Penrith City Council, donors and benefactors, seven scholarships are open to all instruments including voice, contemporary and classical, students of violin, viola, cello, flute, and guitar. Students and non-students of Penrith Conservatorium of Music are encouraged to apply for this coveted opportunity.

Up-coming musicians who are awarded a scholarship will work with highly qualified teachers and tutors; receive subsidized tuition; experience musicianship and ensemble activity; and, gain access to The Joan family of artists, mentors, courses and concerts – all life changing opportunities that continue to excite and engage students and provide young musicians with very exciting prospects for the future.

The Conservatorium is now calling for applicants for the 2018 scholarships!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

November 8, 2017

TWO new jobs open for applications!

Categories: General, Jobs, News

Executive Producer, Performing Arts

Full-time | 3 year contract
Closing Date: Friday 15 December 5pm (to start before end January 2018)

We are seeking an experienced all-round arts programmer with creative flair, excellent project management and delegation skills and broad industry networks to lead and develop artistic, community and cultural growth at one of Western Sydney’s most dynamic and exciting performing arts venues: the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (The Joan).

Read more and download the position description…

Penrith Conservatorium Manager

Part-time | 12 month contract
Closing Date: Friday 15 December 5pm (to start before end January 2018)

Penrith Conservatorium, housed within the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, has been delivering innovative and outstanding music education since 1990. Incorporating the fledgling Penrith Youth Orchestra (a partnership with the Penrith Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestras supported by the Crown Resorts and Packer Family Foundations), individual tuition and ensemble programs, the Conservatorium is well-established and successful with yet to be realised potential.

Read more and download the position description…

HOW TO APPLY

Please carefully consider the Position Description, including the Essential and Desirable Skills, Qualifications and Experience, and prepare an application that references these. Include an up to date Resume and two referees, and email to:

Dave Garner, Business Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts: dave.garner@penrith.city

If you have questions about the role please contact Hania Radvan, CEO PP&VA hania.radvan@penrith.city

Please always be sure to follow our Tips for Applying as you work through your application.

Q LAB – A space for new ideas, projects and possibilities

CALLOUT FOR 2018 Residency Applications | Apply Now

Bananas and Coconuts – Q LAB 2017. Creative team: Joel Burrows, Disapol Savetsila, Isabel Moon. Photo: Joshua Bentley.

Q LAB is Q Theatre’s annual residency program. Projects are selected through an open callout process and are provided with financial assistance and space as well as technical and dramaturgical support for dedicated creative development.

Q LAB is based on a commitment to supporting the development of independent artists and projects in the local Western Sydney area and the vibrancy that occurs as a result.

Building on the successes of previous residency programs, Q Theatre invites artists with a passion for Creative Penrith, to apply for a Q LAB ’18 Residency.

 “Q Theatre wants to help you dream up something big” Nick Atkins, Creative Producer

Q Theatre

Growing out of the legacy of the Q Theatre Company and over 50 years of stellar ground breaking theatre-making, Q Theatre helps to make The Joan a perfect place to imagine, create, build, design and experiment, test ideas or explore new collaborations and contexts.

Q Theatre embraces new work and brings together emerging and established local talent with artists from all across Australia to make theatre for and from the people of Penrith. With a focus on contemporary theatre projects Q Theatre is home to directors, playwrights, actors, musicians, digital artists and the many creatives who find themselves somewhere in between. Based at The Joan, there is a place for dedicated creative development for theatre makers big and small.

Advocating for new voices, alternate points of view, an investigation of distinctive new forms, and consistently challenging and reinvigorating art form practice, Q Theatre helps to reimagine what theatre can be, and who it is for!

We can’t think of a better way to help you develop your creative way of experiencing the world and the story you have ready to be told.

Start a conversation with Q Theatre – Apply Now!

The Q’s Artist in Residence Program Q Lab is now open.  Successful applicants will receive:

  • $2000 in artist fees
  • 2 weeks’ space in the Allan Mullins Studio with dramaturgical and technical support

Applications close: 22 November 2017.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

September 14, 2017

We are hiring! Associate Producer

Categories: Jobs, News

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts | Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

Associate Producer

Penrith Location | 15 hours per week | LGA Level 6

CLOSING DATE Wednesday 4 October (midnight)

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is on the hunt for an Associate Producer, a part-time role working alongside the Creative Producer – New Work and Development and a team of seasonal creatives to deliver Q Theatre’s annual season of projects at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

This role calls for innovation while working to a project brief, and works closely across all teams including technical and venue to ensure smooth delivery of events. It requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills, practical know-how and a flair for organisation as well as creative thinking.

Building audiences, maintaining relationships, documenting, reporting, strategizing and coordinating are all part of the work of the Associate Producer, and priorities shift in accordance with the annual program.

HOW TO APPLY

Please carefully consider the Position Description, including the Essential and Desirable Skills, Qualifications and Experience, and prepare an application that references these. Include an up to date Resume and two referees, and email to:

Dave Garner, Business Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts: dave.garner@penrith.city

If you have questions about the role please contact Nick Atkins, Creative Producer, New Work and Development: nick.atkins@penrith.city

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE

August 10, 2017

We are hiring! Night Coordinators x 2

Categories: Jobs, News

Night Coordinators – Two part-time roles (Data and Events | Customer Experience)

Penrith Location | approx. 15 hours per week each

LGA Level 5

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is on the hunt for two Night Coordinators, part-time complementary roles that work as part of the broader Venue Services team across the range of educational, artistic, community and Conservatorium programs of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

A well-presented, skilled communicator, the Night Coordinator is responsible for security, ticketing and venue services primarily during rehearsal and teaching evening periods. You will need to have skills across a specialised range of systems, excellent communication skills and the ability to think laterally to help coordinate information and services across the diverse teams and extended operating hours of The Joan.

The Night Coordinator – Data and Events will also assist in information collection, reporting and analysis; and the Night Coordinator – Customer Experience will assist in the design and maintenance of collateral and displays across the organisation.

Closing Monday 28 August (midnight)

HOW TO APPLY

Please carefully consider the Position Description, including the Essential and Desirable Skills, Qualifications and Experience, and prepare an application that references these. Include an up to date Resume and two referees, and email to:

Dave Garner, Business Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts: dave.garner@penrith.city

If you have questions about the role please contact Haydn Vredegoor, Venue Operations Coordinator: haydn.vredegoor@penrith.city

NIGHT COORDINATOR – DATA AND EVENTS | MORE INFORMATION AND POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE

NIGHT COORDINATOR – CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE | MORE INFORMATION AND POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE

July 26, 2017

Vale Doreen Warburton

Categories: General, News, Press

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd, operators of the Q Theatre and holders of the Q legacy

We mourn the passing of Doreen Warburton OBE (1930 – 2017)

Founder of the Q Theatre and inspiration to generations of  theatre makers.

Long will your work live on in Penrith and through your students and colleagues.

Condolences to friends and family

Vale

Be part of Penrith’s creative heart

Board & Committee Nominations Now Open

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd, operators of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, is seeking nominations from interested Greater Western Sydney based community members to the Board of Management and to art form based advisory committees. These are volunteer positions.

PP&VA Ltd is a public company limited by guarantee and a controlled entity of Penrith City Council. It is a producer, curator, presenter and a leader in industry-led arts education experiences in the region.

BOARD DIRECTORS: 3 nominees to be appointed by Council for a 4 year term and a further 3 nominees for a 2 year term.

PERFORMING ARTS / VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 6 nominees to be appointed to each committee by the Board for a term of 3 years.

Deadline: 16 August 2017

Information for nomination to Art Form Committees

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts welcomes the input of community members through its two art-form subcommittees, and has, since 2009, included community advisors on each art-from subcommittee.

Guiding this have been the following principles:

  • Each art-form subcommittee will include approximately six community advisors (in addition to at least 3 Board Members).
  • Community advisors are to be from the local (Penrith) and regional (Greater Western Sydney) community.
  • Community advisors are selected by the Board on the basis of professional skills, community involvement, art-form interest or experience in any of the following – programming and practice, education, community arts, collection and/or heritage management (visual arts), public programming and audience development.
  • Term of membership for community advisors is three years, however renewal or re-nomination is possible through the Board.
  • PP&VA Board art-form committees meet one evening a week at 5:30pm every second month in advance of each Board meeting (January, March, May, July etc). Current meetings are Wednesdays for Visual Arts and alternating Mondays & Tuesdays for Performing Arts based on the availability of current members.
  • The role of community advisors is advisory only.
  • Terms of Reference as attached.

Information for nomination to PP&VA Board

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is seeking nominations from Greater Western Sydney based individuals with an active interest in cultural development in Penrith for membership of the Board of Management.

Nominees are requested to nominate for either a two-year term of for four years.  All Board Members are eligible for re-nomination.

The PP&VA Board seeks to be representative of the community and include a gender balance and diverse professional, cultural and artistic experiences and expertise within its make-up. Six community representatives will be appointed by Council to join three Councillors and the General Manager’s nominee.

Membership terms will commence following the Company’s Annual General Meeting scheduled for Wednesday 25 October 2017.

All nominees are requested to fill in a self-nomination form and attach a brief one page CV outlining relevant cultural, community and professional experience.

Board Member Job Description

As the highest leadership body of the organisation and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the Board is responsible for:

  • determining the mission and purposes of the organisation
  • selecting and evaluating the performance of the chief executive
  • strategic and organisational planning
  • ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • fundraising and resource development
  • approving and monitoring the organisations’ programs and services
  • enhancing the organisations’ public image
  • assessing its own performance as the governing body of the organisation

Each individual board member is expected to

  • know the organisations’ mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • faithfully read and understand the organisations’ financial statements
  • serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organisation and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organisation to advance its mission
  • leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organisations’ mission
  • help identify personal connections that can benefit the organisations’ fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy
  • prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings
  • participate fully in one or more committees
  • attend company events and activities.

Board members are expected to

  • follow the organisations’ policies and Board resolutions
  • declare any potential conflicts before meetings, and actual conflicts during meetings as they arise and update the formal disclosure register annually.
  • maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organisation.

Please direct queries to Hania Radvan on 4723 7609 or by email to hania.radvan@penrith.city

Click here to download the Artform Committee Application Form – Word document.

Click here to download the Artform Committee Application Form – PDF.

Click here to download the Board Nomination Form – Word document.

Click here to download the Board Nomination Form – PDF.

Expressions of Interest – Café at Lewers

Opens 26 May | Closes 18 June

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Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is seeking Expressions of Interest from an experienced café operator for Café at Lewers at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

We are looking for a creative, commercially focussed and co-operative operator who will work with us to provide an outstanding and integrated customer experience.

Fast, friendly service coupled with a high quality menu with meals at reasonable price points will reflect the artistic, progressive and dynamic nature of the site and its patrons.  Café at Lewers is a unique offer. Housed in the grounds of an artistically significant bequest, an artist designed heritage garden and a dynamic and growing regional gallery.

Expressions of Interest open 26 May and close 18 June.

More information: Contact Dave Garner on 0414 391 971 or email dave.garner@penrith.city

Click here to download the Information Pack

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May 4, 2017

HIGH/WAY 234

Categories: Special Events

2 Artists / 3 Companies / 4 Weeksroad

The Q at The Joan in partnership with PYT Fairfield and PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.

HIGH/WAY 234: residency is designed to strengthen creative communities across Greater Western Sydney as well as build capacity for next generation artists.

Two artists or groups of artists will be invited to complete a month long residency co-hosted by PACT, PYT | Fairfield and The Q at The Joan. Projects must be able to demonstrate a connection to Western Sydney.

Residents will work out of The Joan, Penrith for their first week, PYT | Fairfield for their second & third weeks and PACT, Erskineville for their fourth and final week. Each stage of the residency will be supported by mentorship from the companies’ Artist Mentors: Katrina Douglas, Karen Therese and Nick Atkins and each project will be given $3000 cash for the purpose of artist frees and project costs.

Selected artists will be asked to present a work in progress showing at PACT.

CLICK HERE FOR ACCESS TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

Applications Open Thursday 4th May — Close 23rd May, 5pm

Residency Dates: July 30 – August 27 2017

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Think someone who can’t hear can’t appreciate the theatre? Think again! At The Joan, we provide theatre training for people with disabilities, through the affiliated Q Theatre Company. For this reason, we were recently included in Connect Hearing’s list of ‘Get Involved with Courses for the Hard of Hearing’.

 

The Joan is a venue presenting the best in music, theatre and dance and is also home to our teaching facility the Penrith Conservatorium of Music, which provides quality music education for students of all ages and abilities. More recently, the Q Theatre Company (formerly Railway Street Theatre Company and originally the Q) moved to The Joan. Building on the substantial legacy of the Q Theatre Company, we now provide theatre training to young people aged 5-18, and people with a disability, as well as making innovative and community-focused performances.

 

‘Student-focussed,’ says Connect Hearing of the Access Ensemble program, ‘everyone gets the most out of the training based on their individual needs.’ Our Access Ensemble performing arts course is ideal for anyone who is hard of hearing or deaf. We offer the chance to experience the thrill of the theatre – and to develop your skills in performance arts – in a professional environment. But the best part about the course is the tutors.They are the kind-hearted, compassionate, and professional teaching artists that know how to make the theatre come alive – they make learning acting, movement, and expression as fun as it should be.

 

Participants in Access Ensemble gain and develop:

 

– Theatre skills and experience in a professional theatre environment;

 

– Confidence in their own voice, body and expression;

 

– Friendships with exciting new people;

 

– New forms of expression;

 

– Confidence through engaging with wider audiences.

 

At the end of the course, students get to perform in front of the public in our state-of-the-art theatre. This gives everyone who becomes a cherished part of The Joan an experience to remember forever.

 

Access Ensemble builds the classes around the participants. For anyone who signs up, no matter what their ability, we tailor each session around them. We’ve had lots of students of all ages with a hearing loss and have created a perfect space in which to make new friends, build confidence and have some fun.

 

Come try it out and see what The Joan is about. You’ve got nothing to lose, and the theatre to gain.

 

provides a focal point for performing arts activity in the Western Sydney Region