Are you passionate about music education? Interested in the role music can play in people’s lives? The thrill of live performance and new ideas and initiatives in music? Then we’d love to hear from you.
The Joan is on the lookout for a Music Coordinator to play a vital role in supporting and developing music education and engagement activities across genres.
Working as part of the Penrith Conservatorium of Music team, the Music Coordinator implements and supports music education programs with a focus on the Penrith Youth Orchestra (delivered in partnership with Penrith Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra) and ensembles. Through these programs, the Music Coordinator will also build access and understanding around music performance and career pathways, as well as working toward the highest level of visitor experience for all teachers, students, parents and partner organisations.
The Music Coordinator will also assist in supporting links to of a range of music programming and engagement strategies via the Conservatorium, community, commercial and entrepreneurial programs.
To apply please send a current résumé detailing your experience, availability and including contact information for at least two referees to Dave Garner, Business Manager: email@example.com
Closing Date for applications: Tuesday 3 April, midnight.
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people who visit us as students, performers or audience. We aim to provide a safe and inspirational place for children and young people to learn, participate and experience.
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre has been made aware of allegations against Therese Ann Cook and Yyani Rose Cook-Williams of The Arcade Circus based in the Blue Mountains.
Both have been previously contracted to The Joan as tutors. Therese Cook between January 2013 and September 2017, and Yyani Cook-Williams from June 2013 to January 2018.
The allegations are not connected with The Joan, nor have any team members been involved in the police investigation to date. The Joan has only learnt of these allegations through media reports.
Child safety is a key priority for The Joan and all activities are delivered under strict policies and procedures. This includes all staff working with children maintaining a current working with children check, the provision for parents and carers to remain in the room with their child if they choose to, and management conducting random and regular checks during classes.
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts upholds these policies and procedures in delivering arts programs for children and young people of all ages and abilities.
As this matter is under Police investigation and currently before the Courts, The Joan will be making no further comment.
Thanks to the support of Southlands, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts will provide $15,000 to the development of new projects by early career artists.
Three breakthrough awards of $5000 each will be presented to artists, alongside an assigned mentor artist, working in the areas of music, visual arts or theatre. For the first time, one of these awards will be reserved for a First Nations artist.
The awards are designed to support artists to develop a new idea, concept, draft, design or outcome for a project at a critical juncture in their career over a four month period.
This might take the form of the first draft of a new play, a series of works that outline a vision for an extended work or the recording of a new song or composition. Curators, producers and directors are also encouraged to submit proposals for projects. Artists whose practice defies art form categorisation, works at the intersection of artforms or who are particularly interested in community impact and access are also encouraged to apply.
*For the purpose of this award an early career artist is defined as an artist regardless of age in the first five years of their professional practice.*
– Artists based in Greater Western Sydney – and west to Orange
Project Rationale: Successful projects proposals will be clear, viable and demonstrate artistic ambition.
Demonstrated Ability: Successful artists will demonstrate a commitment to creative practice and have a track record of delivering a project.
Potential for Impact: Projects where there is the potential for significant impact on the career of the emerging artist will be prioritised.
Relevance and Resonance: Projects that resonate or respond to the creative context of its potential audiences and have an ability to connect with the artistic programming of PP&VA will also be prioritised.
Successful artists will be expected to:
– be available to progress project between April and July
– participate in three group workshops with assigned mentors and
– showcase their work in progress in the Q in July
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!
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).
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.
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:
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
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
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.
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.
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.