Artists working in live performance from across the South West and Great Southern regions of WA will soon have the opportunity to explore new project ideas the inaugural BREC Artist Residency at the Donnelly River Village 15 -17 November 2019.
BREC has partnered with leading national creative producers Performing Lines to bring their hugely successful Tasmanian Artist Residency model to Western Australia. This three day, two night event will provide a supportive, creative environment to test ideas, consider new collaborations and explore cross art form possibilities under the guidance of leading artist mentors from around the country.
“The residency is an unparalleled opportunity for artists interested in telling stories through live performance to come together and immersive themselves in exploring new creative ideas.” said BREC Executive Director Fiona de Garis.
“We are looking for artists working in forms from circus to theatre, to digital animation and dance. Our regions are full of stories and we want to see them come to life. As in most regional areas, artists in the South West and Great Southern are incredibly isolated and struggle to maintain a sustainable professional practice. This residency provides a unique platform to build bridges between art form practices and practitioners at every level of experience and support their long term ambitions”
The residency model developed by Performing Lines Hobart office TasPerforms has proven phenomenally successful over the past 5 years in Tasmania resulting in numerous developments, productions and tours.
One such success story is that of Nathan Maynard, at the time a Park Ranger who attended the Tarraleah Residency in 2013 with an idea about a family of Tasmanian Aboriginal Mutton-birders on remote Dog Island. That idea would go on become ‘The Season’, a play that went on to premiere at Sydney Festival and complete a hugely successful national tour last year.
“Performing Lines’ purpose is to champion risk and to ensure that the breadth and plurality of Australia’s cultural identity is celebrated and enjoyed.” said Marion Potts, Executive Producer of Performing Lines.
“The BREC residency will provide opportunity for up to 20 artists living in regional Australia to develop new work that reflects their distinct identity and perspective.”
The residency is heavily subsided to ensure all artists can attend, and the online application process to attend the residency is easy and open until 30 August. Artists with questions should call BREC on 9792 3111.
BREC Artist Residency is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, LotteryWest and Country Arts WA and made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia. Original concept developed by Tasmania Performs and supported by Arts Tasmania. Produced by Performing Lines and BREC.