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BREC Artist Retreat 2021

WHEN 28th to 30th May 2021
WHERE Donnelly River Village
28 May 2021
8:00 am

BREC is calling for expressions of interest from performing arts and interdisciplinary practitioners based in the South West and Great Southern for the second BREC Artist Retreat to be held at the Donnelly River Village from 28th – 30th May 2021.

This three-day, two-night event provides a supportive, creative environment to test ideas, consider new collaborations and explore cross art form possibilities.

It is an opportunity for creatives including writers, choreographers, dancers, directors, actors, theatre makers and designers to come together and explore new project ideas.

The retreat is based on a very successful residency model created by Tasmania Performs, which is part of the national organisation Performing Lines, and follows the inaugural BREC Artist Residency at Donnelly River in 2019. A range of highly-skilled mentors from different arts practice areas will be selected from across Australia to inform your project development. In previous years, these mentors have included Gideon Obarzanek, Mike Finch, Raimondo Cortese, Matt Edgerton, Elizabeth Walsh, Van Badham and Martin del Amo.

Where the retreat might take you and your idea.

At the 2014 Tasmania Performs Residency, Tasmanian Aboriginal playwright Nathan Maynard shared a play idea called ‘The Season’. A year later, he attended Yellamundie National First Peoples’ Playwriting Festival for a reading, which led to programming in the 2017 Sydney Festival. The show just completed a major national tour in 2018, and Nathan has received a number of commissions for new projects.

At the first BREC Artist Residency (now Retreat) in 2019, emerging Manjimup writer Kim Crotty shared some short stories written for his children, as well as the personal story behind the writing of them, with his mentor and group. A year on he has secured an outstanding creative team, completed two (funded) early development stages and secured significant funding to premiere a show about both his life and the stories at BREC in 2022 before a Perth season.

See a snippet of Kim Crotty’s work here

The Residency has given the project a clear pathway forward so that it will progress not just stay as an idea. It helps clarify your focus as an individual artist and what your strengths are.

Kirsty Grierson

Who is the retreat for?
Both individuals and groups (up to 3 members) may apply to attend.

Applications are welcome from people at the start of their artistic practice, senior artists with significant experience and mid-career artists. Collaborative teams working together on a single concept should apply under the name of whomever is the lead artist on the project – a maximum of three from a team can attend.

We celebrate diversity and welcome all artists to apply including those with diverse abilities, sexualities, genders, age, ethno-cultural and socioeconomic status.

What is included?
During the weekend each participant will offer a 20×20 presentation of their project idea, work with mentors in groups and one-on-one. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in morning warm ups, informal networking and skills workshops.

Transport from Bunbury, accommodation, morning and afternoon tea and evening meals are provided. To assist with offsetting expenses in attending such as childcare or missed work, an allowance of $300 will be paid to all successful applicants after completion of the debrief survey.

Successful applicants must be 18 years or older at the time of the retreat.

How to apply?
The application is simple and asks for 250 words about your idea – it will take you about 20 minutes to complete online via the registration link above. Applications close 10am, Monday 22 March 2021.

What happens next?
If you’re nervous or unsure if the retreat is for you, please get in touch with BREC’s Artistic Administrator Stephanie Reeve via to discuss.

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by a curatorial panel who will consider the quality of your idea, your practice, past work, and other balancing issues including art forms, geography, and experience.

Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 31 March 2021