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Q Theatre is holding auditions for 16 young artists, 8 x theatre artists and 8 x musicians, (18 – 26) to take part in the 2018 ‘Originate’ project. This is a skills development project that results in a public outcome. The show will be presented in the Allan Mullins Studio at The Joan, Penrith.

PRODUCER: Q Theatre is the resident theatre making program at The Joan.

ROLES: 16 young artists (18 – 26). Within this we’re looking for 8 theatre makers and 8 musicians.

EXPERIENCE: Performers of various levels of experience are encouraged to apply. A background or interest in devising new work will be an advantage.

OBJECTIVE: ‘Originate’ seeks to up-skill early-career artists in the areas of new work development, cross art form practice and to facilitate new collaborations.

THE SHOW: ‘Originate’ is where ideas start. An ensemble of emerging theatre makers will collaborate with an ensemble of emerging musicians to create a new show about the here and now. Guided by Co-Directors from theatre and music, the group will move through a workshop process that dreams a new performance from the ground up. ‘Originate’ is a holding title for a performance that is yet to be developed and will be defined by the thoughts, beliefs, hopes and fears of the ensemble. Watch this space.

AVAILABILITY: To be considered for inclusion in the project artists must be available for the following dates:

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Wednesdays 23/05/18 – 13/06/18

10.00am – 4.00pm | Saturday & Sunday 26/05/18 – 27/05/18

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Wednesdays & Thursdays 20/06/18 – 12/07/18

10.00am – 4.00pm | Saturday & Sunday 14/07/18 – 15/07/18

5.00pm – 9.00pm | 16/07/18 – 21/07/18

7.30pm onwards | 19/07/18 – 21/07/18

COST: There is no charge for participation in this program.

TO AUDITION: Complete an application form by clicking here.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 18/04/18

AUDITIONS HELD: 02/05/18 & 03/05/18

If you have any queries about your application, please email Emele at emele.ugavule@penrith.city

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

CLICK HERE TO APPLY! »
Good luck!

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

Proposals must be received by midnight 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!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

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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

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

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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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Originate

The Q is holding auditions for 16 young artists, 8 x theatre artists and 8 x musicians, (16 – 26) to take part in the 2017 ‘Originate’ project. This is a skills development project that results in a public outcome. The show will be presented in the Allan Mullins Studio at The Joan, Penrith.

PRODUCER: The Q is the resident theatre making program at The Joan.

ROLES: 16 young artists (16 – 26). Within this we’re looking for 8 theatre makers and 8 musicians.

EXPERIENCE: Performers of various levels of experience are encouraged to apply. A background or interest in devising new work will be an advantage.

OBJECTIVE: ‘Originate’ seeks to up-skill early-career artists in the areas of new work development, cross art form practice and to facilitate new collaborations.

THE SHOW: ‘Originate’ is where ideas start. Eight emerging theatre makers will collaborate with eight emerging musicians to create a new show about the here and now. Guided by Co-Directors from theatre and music the ensemble will move through a workshop process that dreams a new performance from the ground up. ‘Originate’ is a holding title for a performance that is yet to emerge and will be defined by the thoughts, beliefs, hopes and fears of the ensemble. Watch this space.

AVAILABILITY: To be considered for inclusion in the project artists must be available for the following dates:

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Thursdays 15/06/17 – 06/07/17

10.00am – 4.00pm | Sun 18/06/17

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Wednesdays & Thursdays 12/07/17 – 03/08/17

10.00am – 4.00pm | Sat & Sun 05/08/17 – 06/08/17

5.00pm – 9.00pm | Mon – Sat 07/08/17 – 12/08/17

COST: There is no charge for participation in this program.

TO AUDITION: Complete an application form by clicking here.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 24/04/17

AUDITIONS HELD: 16/05/17 & 18/05/17

If you have any queries about your application, please email Claire.

December 21, 2016

studioQ returns for 2017!

Categories: News, Special Events

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Thank you to all the parents and supporters for contributing to the success of our studioQ 2016 program! The Joan is busy preparing the studioQ program for 2017, which will include similar classes to our 2016 program:

Term 1 Classes start from Friday 17th February  and will run for eight weeks, finishing Saturday 8th April.

Rates are likely to be similar to 2016 rates and are TBC (see the individual class links above for 2016 studioQ rates.)

Registration for returning studioQ students opens on Monday 16 January, and for new students on Thursday 19 January, 2017.

For term dates and details on how to Register for studioQ2017’s classes, click here.

November 28, 2016

2017 Music Scholarships APPLY NOW!

Categories: News, Special Events

2017 Music Scholarships

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Penrith Conservatorium of Music’s prestigious music scholarship applications are now open for 2017.

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The Conservatorium is again 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.

In 2017, seven high achieving, talented musicians will be awarded scholarships, helping set them on a pathway to professional music careers. The Conservatorium is offering the following scholarships:

The Richard Bonynge Scholarship for all instruments including voice
One Scholarship: open to all students and general public.

The Mayoral Scholarship
One Scholarship for 2017: open to all students and general public who live in the Penrith Local Government Area only.

Emerging Talent Scholarship
One Scholarship for 2017: open to people age 12-18.

Malcolm Borland Scholarship  – Piano only
One Scholarship tuition for 2017: open to all students and general public, for piano only.

Regional Talent Scholarship
One Scholarship for 2017: open to all students and the general public who live in the Penrith Local Government Area and who experience financial difficulty.

Penrith Conservatorium of Music Scholarships
Two Scholarships for 2017: open to all students and general public for voice and instrument.

A Scholarship provides aspiring musicians with the opportunity to work with highly qualified teachers; tuition, musicianship and ensemble activity, and access to the Joan family of artists, mentors, classes and concerts – life changing opportunities that will continue to excite and engage young people and adults in the joy of making music.

“Being a scholarship recipient not only provided financial assistance, it provided the opportunity for me to have my achievements as a musician recognised.  Over the years, it has given me the chance to be part of something very special – to perform in many events and concerts, to be noticed and to enjoy meeting people who know you – who have seen you perform. I have had the privilege to meet other gifted students and renowned musicians including the acclaimed Richard Bonynge.  I am extremely thankful for these opportunities and to the Penrith Conservatorium of Music.”
Diana Babajanyan recipient of the 2016 Richard Bonynge Scholarship.

Applications are now open and close at 5pm on Friday 16 December 2016.

An email confirming audition times will be sent by 5pm Friday 6 January 2017.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

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CAN I APPLY?
You do not have to be a current student of Penrith Conservatorium of Music to apply for a scholarship.
You do need to be a resident of Greater Western Sydney.
You do need to be Grade 4 or higher for all instruments including voice.
Certain Scholarships are reserved for Penrith LGA residents only, or have age or financial hardship criteria.

HOW DO I APPLY?
Application forms are available here or call us on 4723 7611. There is a $10 non-refundable application fee. Please carefully read the Terms and Conditions attached to the application form.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
An audition timetable will be sent by email by 6 January 2017.  There will be no deferred auditions.

WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?
Candidates need to prepare two contrasting pieces of music that show their musical and technical abilities. The two pieces will be performed back to back with no break, and must not exceed eight minutes length in total.

Two copies of the music must be presented to the panel at the commencement of the audition.

Candidates will need to arrange their own accompanist if required.

WHAT ARE THE AUDITION CRITERIA?
The audition panel will consider the applicant’s demonstration of:

  • technical ability;
  • musicality;
  • expression;
  • phrasing;
  • sensitivity; and
  • solo performance technique.

The audition panel will allocate scholarships based on individual performance and the needs of the Conservatorium (eg to build up program/instrument areas).

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Contact:
Kate Delkou
Ticketing Services Officer, Penrith Conservatorium of Music
T: 4723 7611 or E: kate.delkou@penrith.city

Please note that Kate works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only

You can also download the 2016 Scholarship Information Pack here.

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