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2020 NT Performing Arts Awards Nominations now open

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NOMINATION OPEN FROM 15 JULY – 19 OCTOBER 2020

2020 has been a hell of a year and the performing arts have been hit hard but in the Northern Territory we’re still celebrating our creative people and the work they do. As a huge acknowledgment and nod to the many people who bring the NT performing arts scene alive, the Awards are peer driven with you nominating the people who make a difference. The sector is vast, think; creatives, performers and designers, to behind the scenes; writers, producers, production and technicians to those artists who inspire the next generation.

How does it work?
Jump online to nominate. The form includes six suggested categories but if your nomination doesn’t fit in to those, we invite you to make a new category because we don’t want to leave anyone behind on this journey.
Nominate here https://brownsmart.wufoo.com/forms/s19zml4z0lmu645/

There are no limits to the number of nominations you can make. If you see a performer you like during a festival or at an NT venue, know of a designer who is creating amazing work, want to give credit to a production person who goes above and beyond the call of duty, or perhaps someone you know who is inspiring the next generation of NT performing artists, then nominate them TODAY for an Award.

Nominations will stay open until 19 October with the NT Performing Arts Award Night to be held in Darwin in late November to coincide with the sector forum MAP (date tbc).

The inaugural NT Performing Arts Awards were held 2019 and initiated by the sector to recognise the huge contribution that creatives make to the vibrancy and liveability of the NT.

Got any questions?
Jane Tonkin Executive Producer Corrugated Iron Youth Arts 08 8948 3200
David McMicken Artistic Director Tracks Dance Company 08 8941 1410
Sean Pardy Artistic Director Brown’s Mart 08 8981 522

Red Hot Arts Announces New Chair

Red Hot Arts is pleased to announce that Penelope McDonald, has stepped into the position of Chair following the recent resignation of Jonny Rowden, who has left to focus on his creative artistic practice.

Penelope brings the experience of a long career in the creative industries to the position, as well as in depth knowledge of the region and the Northern Territory more generally. She currently runs a film production company, Chili Films, based in Alice Springs.

The other continuing Board members are Barbara Clifford as Secretary, Jeanette Elliot as Treasurer and new general member Edward Gould who came onto the Board at the recent AGM joining Chips Mackinolty, Leon Tripp and Catherine Satour, providing continuity and stability in these challenging times.

Quotes from Chair, Red Hot Arts Central Australia, Penelope McDonald:

“As Chair I would like to thank Jonny Rowden, who has given above and beyond, through challenging times, as he has steered the organisation through many changes over the past 18 months. We wish him all the best with his new creative endeavours.

“The Board would like to express our appreciation to both Asta Hill who stepped down from the board earlier this year, and who provided rigorous advice supported by her strong legal background; and to retiring board member Damien Ryan whose insight from his in depth knowledge of governance and love of arts was valuable to the board. We are excited to welcome new members Edward Gould and Jeanette Elliot. Edward’s musical and education experience and Jeanette’s finance experience will add strength to Red Hot Arts’ Board of Directors.”

New Board Members

Jeanette Elliot has spent over 10 years working in finance for the not-for-profit industry in Melbourne. Jeanette has a passion working with at-risk disadvantaged young people to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect providing employment and training. It was during this time through work trips to Central Australia where Jeanette developed a love and fascination of the Northern Territory, causing her to make the move to Alice Springs. She has also been a long-term business owner and has broad experience across finance and operations.

Edward Gould is a musician, composer and educator who has made Alice Springs his home since 2014. Edward graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) where he studied as a saxophonist. Ed was an active member of the Melbourne Arts scene, presenting work at the 2010 Next Wave Festival and Numerous Melbourne Fringe Festivals. Since relocating to Alice springs, Ed has released music under his own name, co-founded Alice Sings, a local community choir which he continues to lead, and works as a music teacher in primary schools throughout the Northern Territory.

About Red Hot Arts

Red Hot Arts is a vibrant arts charity, fostering arts and cultural innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, to develop and profile the central Australian arts sector and to contribute to the artistic, cultural, and economic development of the region. Our artistic program includes creative industries and cross sector partnership development; advocacy, sector, and industry support; marketing and audience development. We offer a range of services to the community of Central Australia, including workshop, rehearsal, meeting and studio spaces and facilities for hire at 67 Bath Street. As the unique regional arts body for Central Australia, we promote the region’s arts and cultural events across traditional, online, and digital poster platforms, activating community engagement and social well-being through the arts.

Media Contact: Jen Standish-White 0417 468 502

https://redhotarts.com.au/

Free Professional Development Workshop Series From Red Hot Arts

As part of Red Hot Arts’ professional development program we are presenting a series of free workshops commencing on June 23rd. These are being presented both online and in-house at 67 Bath Street. This has been made possible with the generous support of the Northern Territory Government through the Arts NT Creative Resilience Program. This is a great opportunity to capture more of an audience and provides those that may not be able to attend in person to join in on the learning from afar.

The first two series have now been released and are being delivered by two well-known locals, Darcy Davis, otherwise known as D Day, and Barbara Clifford, otherwise known as The Time Tamer.

Darcy will be breaking down the fundamentals of beat-making with Ableton Live to get you on your feet over three workshops, starting from the basics and advancing into more deeper production concepts.

In Barbara’s four Showcasing Your Art as a Professional Business workshops, you will learn who your audience is and how to market to them, how to create a strong online presence, how to efficiently showcase your work via social media and how to build digital tools to assist with marketing and finance.

Places are limited so get onto it!

For the Showcasing Your Art as a Professional Business series click here.

For the Albeton Live series click here.

Red Hot Arts Appoints General Manager

Message from the Chair of Red Hot Arts

It is my pleasure to announce that the Board has formally appointed Jen Standish-White as the General Manager for Red Hot Arts. Over the last 12 months, Jen has committed a tremendous amount of work and energy into the organisation, initially in a volunteer capacity, and then as the Acting General Manager, her diligence and attention to detail have guided the organisation through a number of challenges it has faced.

Jen has worked over the past 16 years in Alice Springs in management roles in the Arts, Indigenous, Social Service and Tourism sectors. During this time, Jen has also served on a number of not-for-profit community sector Boards. Jen has extensive local and national knowledge across the not- for-profit and government sectors and brings a range of managerial skills, particularly in Governance that are of benefit to the organisation.

The Board looks forward to continuing to work with Jen, and all staff, whose combined skills ensure Red Hot Arts continues to deliver a range of programs to the benefit of the community of central Australia.

Jonny Rowden, Chair

Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost

The Regional Arts Fund have received a recovery boost so there’ll be more funding than usual available through the Regional Arts Fund.

Darwin Community Arts will be administering the fund in the NT. They are in the midst of finalising the details and will have more to share by mid-June.

Stay tuned!

More info here.

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Revitalise Alice Street Art Project Commences

A breath of fresh air has begun to enliven our CBD as the first artworks to be rolled out under the Territory Labor Government’s Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project being delivered by Red Hot Arts Central Australia begins.

In late 2019, over 30 of our local Alice Springs artists submitted their expressions of interest for the project. After a rigorous selection process, artworks were shortlisted, and negotiations begun with local building and business owners. The ensuing challenges and hardships faced by both our local arts community and business owners, as the COVID 19 crisis and subsequent restrictions were put in place, saw the project in danger of floundering.

The dedicated team at Red Hot Arts is thankful that the past few months of planning, connecting and supporting, will now see up to 20 new artworks applied to building facades and roller shutters across the Alice Springs CBD and more importantly, create work for our local artists and support our local businesses, injecting much needed income into our local economy.

We are counting on local artist Melanie Gunner’s bright and beautiful piece depicting Central Australian flora that has transformed the roller shutters at the This Is Aboriginal Art gallery in the Todd Mall to encourage all building or business owners in the CBD with roller shutters to contact Red Hot Arts if they are interested in participating in the project. Who would not want to transform their grey, dull roller shutter into a vibrant artwork that celebrates the community and spirit of Central Australia and ensures that Alice Springs is ready to welcome visitors post COVID-19?

Likewise, if your business lends itself to the application of window wraps, be inspired by the 3 mesmerising West MacDonnell Ranges watercolour landscapes, by highly respected Central and Western Arrernte/Aranda man, Mervyn Rubuntja, of the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre that now adorn the windows of the Alice Plaza at the northern end of the Todd Mall. And a perfect segue to entice an exploration of the Larapinta Trail when restrictions are lifted!

And if that’s not enough to brighten your day, local artist Alison Hittmann, a  quintessential part of the fabric of Alice Springs’ arts community, is currently creating redolent artwork to celebrate the cacophonous and raucous galahs that regularly screech and roost in our local flora and which will be installed onto the exterior walls of The Bakery in June.

For more information and for businesses in the CBD (bounded by Wills, Leichardt, Stott and Railway Terraces) to express their interest in participating in the Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project, please be in touch with Tamlyn Neck on festivals@reshotarts.com.au

Minister Moss update Re: COVID-19 Easing of Restrictions in The Northern Territory

To our creative industries sector,

Yesterday, the Chief Minister outlined the first steps on the road to recovery, setting out a staged process for Territorians to get back to what will be a ‘new normal’.

We are the first jurisdiction in Australia to move towards recovery, with some restrictions starting to be relaxed from today.  However, it is important to note that physical distancing rules remain in place.  That means we still need to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from people we don’t live with.

I would like to commend the Creative Industries Sector for the way in which you have adapted and innovated during this time, with many practitioners moving from a traditionally visual and participatory practice to an online model.

The Northern Territory Government is delivering a three-stage process towards easing restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19 – these will be very relevant to the sector and I encourage you to get across the available information to understand what they mean for you.

In short:

Stage 1 – 1 May 2020 – Applies to simple and safe outdoor activities where physical distancing can be maintained at all times

Stage 2 – 15 May 2020 – Activities included must be undertaken in less than two hours, and a COVID-19 Safety Plan must be completed and submitted prior to opening

Stage 3 – 5 June 2020 – Prior to resuming operation, all businesses and organisations must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. The two hour time limit will be removed and restrictions will be eased further.

** Major events will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The COVID-19 Safety Plan checklist will be available from 5 May 2020 – further details on what this looks like will be available soon.

In the meantime, please familiarise yourself with the below factsheets and Q&As which expand on what the various stages specifically mean for the creative industries sector, live music, and Museums and Galleries:

·      Creative Industries general

·      Arts – includes information on when class/workshops/rehearsals and live music can resume.

·      Museums and Galleries

·      Screen industry

·      Facilities Update

Update on the Creative Industries Immediate Response and Resilience Program.

Arts NT has received a large number of applications across the available grants and is currently assessing applications for:

  • Virtual Territory producer
  • Territory Arts Projects

Reminder there will be a second round June 2020, dates to be confirmed.

  • Digital Adaptation Program

Reminder that submissions close for Channel NT – Virtual Territory on 8 May.

I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their patience, cooperation and resilience over this incredibly difficult time.  Thanks to the swift actions of the Federal and NT Governments and the entire NT community, we are in the incredibly fortunate position of being the safest place in Australia.  This has allowed us to be the first jurisdiction to plan a path towards recovery and you should all be very proud of your contribution to this great result.

Of course, we absolutely need to maintain our vigilance because this crisis is far from over; that means continuing to maintain good hygiene practices and physical distancing principles.  Please make sure you are across the latest advice available via coronavirus.nt.gov.au as you begin to re-establish.

There’s also a hotline for general information – 1800 518 055.  Or you can get in contact with Cathy Young in my office – cathy.young@nt.gov.au – to assist working through any specific queries you may have.

Again, well done and I look forward to working with you through this next phase.

Warm Regards

Lauren Moss

The Hon Lauren Moss MLA
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture
Minister for Corporate and Information Services
Northern Territory Government of Australia

Level 5, Parliament House, Darwin NT
GPO Box 3146, Darwin NT 0801, Australia
p… (+61) 8 8936 5532 | e… minister.moss@nt.gov.au

New Sprung Floor at 67 Bath Street

Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government, through the Community Benefit Fund, Red Hot Arts was able to secure funding for a new sprung floor in our Studio Rehearsal Room at 67 Bath Street. The completion of these works has also transformed the space into a fully functional black box theatre. This is wonderful news for not only our dance and theatre community and current regular users of the space, but our community as a whole through attendance at classes and productions within the space. The works have now been completed and the space will reopen once both the COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed and when Red Hot Arts deems it appropriate under the circumstances.

The new floor garnered support from a range of local businesses, dance organisations and independent dancers. The lack of an accessible sprung floor in Mparntwe/Alice Springs saw choreography being altered and shortened to avoid injury, and the need for protective equipment to be worn at times. This new floor will mean that the dance and theatre community will be able to practice in a safer and more conducive to creativity space. The benefits of such will be passed onto the wider community through the expression of such artistic expression.

Top Arts News and Opps from ArtsHub

News on opportunities, what to watch online this week, and all the positive news around the edges of COVID-19.

Friday 24 April, 2020
QUICK NEWS BITES

ABC launches $5 million fund during COVID-19:

The ABC has launched a $5 million development fund – Fresh Start Fund – to support the sustainability and growth of Australia’s production industry during the COVID-19 shutdown across five streams: Enhanced Development & Production Fund; Innovation Fund; Arts Digital Fund; Children’s Content Fund, and Australian Music Fund.

The ABC is already working closely with production companies on current projects that have been delayed or suspended due to COVID-19, to find supportive solutions where possible. The public broadcaster is also acquiring additional Australian content for broadcast on ABC TV and iView. Funding applications open from 4 May to 12 June. Visit Fresh Start Fund for more information.

More than 200 artists receive Council grants:

More than $727,000 in funding has been awarded in the first round of applications, with 226 applicants – both artists and arts organisations – receiving grants of up to $4,000 each. The City of Melbourne committed $2 million to a grant program to support artists affected by COVID-19.

The City of Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp said: ‘We’ve received more than 1600 applications for funding to create new artistic works or to stream performances online. We know supporting artists through this period is so important to our city’s economic and cultural recovery.’

The city will provide grants for up to 500 artists, performers and small arts organisations. A second round of successful applicants will be notified in the coming weeks.

Sculpture by Sea will return to Bondi Beach:

After much speculation of a move north, and run-ins with Waverly Council, Sculpture by the Sea announced this week that the exhibition will return to Bondi this spring after an agreement was reached with Waverley Council to retain the exhibition for the next ten years.

The sculpture exhibition plans to return from 22 October – 8 November, pending any public gathering restrictions remaining in place into late October. Exhibition organisers and Waverley Council have begun discussing contingency plans to postpone the event if the exhibition cannot open on 22 October.

After disagreements in 2019 over the installation of a concrete path around Marks Park, discussions have continued between Sculpture by the Sea and Waverley Council for many months, with both parties thrilled to come to an agreement to see the exhibition return to its home in Bondi. Contrary to some speculation, there has been no financial inducement requested or offered to encourage the exhibition to remain at Bondi, said founder David Handley.

For more information on how to be part of the exhibition, visit Sculpture by the Sea.

TALKS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Getty Images Op:

This week Getty Images announced the latest round of its 2020 Reportage Grants, each valued at $5,000, will be awarded to eight photographers and photojournalists safely reporting stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular consideration given to those working in their home locations or immediate regions.

Ken Mainardis, Senior Vice President for Content, Getty Images said: ‘While the COVID-19 pandemic looks different depending on the locality, it’s clear that the effects of this virus will outlast the immediate public health emergency, creating significant need for stories detailing socioeconomic, social and wellness implications, as well as innovation in terms of science and technology.’

Recipients will be selected from a global pool of submissions, which close 15 May. Please visit Where we Stand to learn more.

Melbourne Fringe launches first round of Microgrants:

Melbourne Fringe has launched a new round of microgrants and bursaries to support Melbourne’s independent art scene. Simon Abrahams, Melbourne Fringe CEO and Creative Director said: ‘The first wave in our suite of grants and commissions are all about opportunities for work and money in the pockets of artists.’

Applications open from Monday 11-18 May, pending category.

ShowSupport is a match-making service for art that pairs independent artists with private donors who are interested in commissioning original work to premiere in the 2020 Festival – a $2,500 grant.

Jewel Box Grants support creative people of colour by commissioning original work to be presented at the 2020 Festival, with a $1500 commissioning fee.

XS OPEN is a new open access public art commission for contemporary, experimental and live art for children. The successful artist(s) will receive up to $10,000.

The Deadly Fringe program will commission two First Nations artists, who will each deliver a new visual art exhibition within one of Melbourne’s independent galleries as part of the 2020 Festival.

The Ralph Mclean Microgrants program offers discounted assistance for artists who are facing structural disadvantage. This includes artists from diverse backgrounds and identities like artists who are from the LGBTQI+ community, artists who are Deaf or have a disability, First Nations artists or artists who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Applications for the Ralph Mclean Microgrants will open 1 June.

NAVA weekly advocacy program:

Registration is open to join NAVA’s advocacy thinktank, held every Wednesday at 4pm. Develop your advocacy skills to champion the arts with confidence. Led by NAVA’s executive director Esther Anatolitis and Australia’s leading advocacy thinkers and practitioners, you will learn the answers to questions: What works? What doesn’t? What can we achieve together?

Register to join the thinktank by visiting NAVA and check out the program of speakers from 29 April through 19 August. It is an incredible line-up.

Arts OutWest is offering micro-grants:

Arts OutWest is offering quick turn-around grants of $300-$1,000 with the money they are saving by not spending on usual operations, such as fuel.

Two key eligibility points in applying are:

Your request must be related to recent hardship through the effects of Covid-19 on your arts practice.

The request must offer a way of improving the negative effects of Covid-19 to your arts practice or to your community.

Applications close on Thursday 30 April 2020. Applications will be assessed during the following week. Visit Arts OutWest to learn more.

2020/21 Applications Now Open for Georges Mora Fellowship:

The Georges Mora Fellowship is awarded annually to an artist who has shown a continuous commitment to the field of contemporary art.

The cash grant of $10,000 is extended by a one year’s premium membership to the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), international residency opportunities, access to organisations and individuals with specialist knowledge to support the artist to research, experiment and create. The fellow can choose to annex their research with a secure desk at the State Library of Victoria. Please see application guidelines for more.  Applications close Tuesday 5 May.

Darebin Arts Speakeasy Development program calling artists:

Development applications are now open for new performance based works through Darebin Arts Speakeasy. Artists are given a stipend of $1,000 – $2,000 and the opportunity to develop new works. Access to the spaces are negotiated when venues re-open after the closures incurred by COVID-19, and will be subject to availability.

Applications close on Wednesday 13 May, to learn more how to apply.

New film fellowship:

A new film fellowship to support the careers of future South Australian talent has been launched by Flinders University and independent filmmaker and SA Film Corp chairman, Peter Hanlon.

The initial five-year screen fellowship has been in the name of late Flinders University screen production lecturer Cole Larsen. It will support an aspiring, innovative screen-maker with a $35,000-a-year (cash and in-kind) fellowship each year (for an initial five years). In addition to cash support of $25,000 a year, the Mercury cinema has also provided $10,000 of direct support to the successful awardee, who also will be eligible for an Adelaide Film Festival screening. The Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship is open to applications (weblink) and will be announced at the Mercury in July.

Calling young composers for Fanfare Competition:

Artology is moving forward with the Fanfare Competition, which calls for young people aged 12-21 years to compose a 30-second work, which is recorded live by the Australian Youth Orchestra and broadcast at venues around Australia to replace the cue bells to call audiences to their seats.

The Fanfares are broadcast at partnering venues: University of Melbourne Ian Potter Southbank Centre (Vic); Adelaide Festival Centre (SA); Perth Concert Hall (WA); City Recital Hall (NSW); Queensland Performing Arts Centre (Qld) and Theatre North at the Princess (Tas).

This year it has been extended to partner with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Queensland Youth Orchestras, also offering a live concert event to hear their works performed. That’s over 24 new works composed by young people, workshopped and performed (travel included)!  Submissions close Monday 1 June 2020 and are accepted online.

Helpmann Academy Home Alone Film Fest – $10,000 in cash awards:

In response to COVID-19, Helpmann Academy have launchd the Home Alone Film Fest, with $10,000 in cash awards up for grabs for eligible emerging filmmakers. There’s a $7,000 award for the winning film (chosen by a panel of judges including Adelaide Film Festival CEO/Creative Director Mat Kesting and acclaimed director Richard Jasek) and a $3,000 people’s choice award voted on by the public via Helpmann’s facebook page.

The artists will be given the opportunity to produce a short piece (under 7 minutes) that shares their thoughts, feelings, stories, images and moments with the greater community as they navigate living and creating through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications close on 1 June 2020, and films will be published on Helpmann Academy’s facebook page from 2 June 2020.

NEW DIGITAL ART ONLINE THIS WEEK

Four female composers present one-act operas as Facebook Premiere Event
Carriageworks and Sydney Chamber Opera (SCO) head online this Saturday 25 April at 730pm, for a world premiere of Breaking Glass (pictured top) – four new operatic works created by Australian female composers: Peggy Polias, Josephine Macken, Georgia Scott and Bree van Reyk.

Following the temporary closure of Carriageworks during the COVID-19 crisis, these new one-act operas will be presented for the first time as a Facebook Premiere Event to be broadcast free to the public on the Carriageworks Facebook page.

Presented in partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Composing Women Program, the season has been directed by Clemence Williams and SCO Artistic Associate Danielle Maas, two women determined to expand the possibility for operatic storytelling.

Monash streaming Aussie Musicians
With most of the world’s arts and entertainment precincts closed, the Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) has taken its scheduled MLIVE concert series online.

The series will be streamed via Facebook and YouTube for the next six weeks following a successful trial on Wednesday, 15 April with vocalist Lior and Australia’s most distinguished pianist Paul Grabowsky AO, where more than 14,000 people tuned in via Facebook and 2,200 on YouTube.

Each week the concerts will feature a single artist or an artist with one other musician at Monash’s world-class David Li Sound Gallery, with performances starting at 7pm and lasting between 40 and 55 minutes.

Paul Grabowsky, who is also MAPA’s Executive Director, said the concert series ‘can bring joy and a momentary distraction from feelings of stress, anxiety or suffering.’ To find out more and view the live stream.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) has launched this week, Your MCA, which includes kids and families art activities for the April school holidays, inspired by the 22nd Biennale of Sydney NIRIN exhibition.

It also includes a youth-led online GENEXT for teens aged 12 to 18 years; conversations between MCA curators and leading Australian and international artists on what it means to be an artist working today; and online learning programs for parents and teachers to help children while home from school.  Check the MCA website for program details.

Top Design moves online:

The annual Top Designs exhibition was set to open at Melbourne Museum in March to celebrate its twentieth year. While the Museum’s doors are temporarily closed it has taken Top Designs 2020 digitally as part of our Museum at Home project.

Top Designs exhibition is a key event in VCE and VCE VET design students’ year, and with students now learning from home, we hope this virtual exhibition and associated content provides inspiration to those studying in new ways. View the virtual exhibition here: Top Designs 2020

ON STAGE

The Silver Gull Play Award finds new home:

New Theatre is proud to announce that is has become the new home of The Silver Gull Play Award. The Silver Gull Play Award 2020 will recognise an outstanding play by a NSW-based writer that aligns with New Theatre’s commitment to producing ‘Plays With A Purpose’.

This year the total prize money for the award will be $5000. The winning playwright will receive $3000 and the remainder of the prize pool will be split evenly between the shortlisted writers.

The initiative of leading independent production company subtlenuance, which hosted the award for five years and assessing over 200 plays, has handed over the baton to New Theatre this year. Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, no date has been set for the presentation of the short-listed finalists and announcement of the winner.

The Silver Gull Play Award has been sponsored since 2015 by The Buzz from Sydney. Deadline for submissions is midnight 31 July 2020.

FESTIVAL UPDATES

City of Melbourne cancels 2020 Firelight Festival:

The City of Melbourne has cancelled the 2020 Firelight Festival in response to COVID-19.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said: ‘While the Firelight Festival is still two months away, it’s not clear when restrictions on large gatherings will be lifted.’ The 2020 Firelight Festival was planned for the nights of 26-28 June, and last year attracted more than 75,000 people to the Docklands precinct and had an estimated $4 million economic impact on the municipality.

Festival and Regional Conference cancelled:

Junction’s 10th Anniversary Festival and Artlands Conference that was to be held from 2-6 September will be postponed until 2021. Ongoing restrictions for gatherings and travel as well as the uncertainty as to when the COVID-19 pandemic will come to an end have created a very difficult and unknown environment for planning and developing new works for the Festival.

Horizon Festival 2020 reimagined:

Sunshine Coast Council’s 10-day Horizon Festival – originally scheduled to begin late August – has been reimagined to ensure our local artists and arts audiences won’t miss out in 2020 as a result of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Horizon will showcase a smaller program of digital events and activities in partnership with local artists and the community, commencing in June.  Visit horizonfestival.com.au for updates.

CAIF pivots online:

The annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) will continue to support Queensland artists and communities by exploring a new and interactive, digital festival platform. With the theme ‘The cultural evolution’ the fair will be held online from 10-12 July 2020.

‘Doing things in a different way is nothing new to our artists!’ said CIAF Chair Tom Mosby. ‘While we acknowledge that these are challenging times, we see this as an opportunity to explore digital innovation in response to the circumstances currently facing the Australian art community.’

‘An online presence will make for a much bigger global stage and audience providing long term benefits to Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and the CIAF brand beyond what we are currently experiencing,’ CIAF’s Artistic Director Janina Harding

AROUND THE GALLERIES

Exhibition about internet narcissism forced to go online with COVID-19
Carriageworks has unveiled an online program created around the major new installation Cinopticon by Giselle Stanborough. Cinopticon – which was commissioned by Carriageworks as part of Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship – is fully installed at Carriageworks and has been transformed into a digital offering.

Carriageworks Director and CEO Blair French said this work has been a year in development. The online experience of the exhibition is accessed via the Carriageworks Journal and includes artist diaries, artist and curator ‘in conversations’, playlists, video content  and exhibition imagery supplemented with curatorial insights.

Carriageworks plans to release new online content weekly, including an interactive art-wall, curatorial essays and a new video work created by Giselle Stanborough exclusively for Carriageworks Journal.

Exhibition Curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham said: ‘At the heart of its sensory quest, Cinopticon probes what it means to both be watched and watch others. Stanborough’s practice is primarily concerned with the relationship between connectivity and isolation, public and private.’

Cinopticon draws on internet narcissism, corporate surveillance and the manipulation of social media algorithms. It is an immersive performance installation in which audiences see their reflection in unpredictable ways. The most unpredictable being the manner in which we now find ourselves, at home and socially distant, seeing Cinopticon from afar.