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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.*

Selection Criteria:

Eligibility

– Individuals

– 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

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Good luck!

If you have any questions, please contact Emele on emele.ugavule@penrith.city

Proposals must be received by midnight Monday 1st March 2018

(Pictured: Victoria Garcia, 2017 Southlands Breakthrough Award Recipient)

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!

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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.

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