Calling independent artists and arts companies. We want you to collaborate with rural young people as part of this year’s Fairfax Youth Initiative.
Fairfax connects rural communities with professional artists through onsite residencies. Artists work in schools alongside rural and regional young people to equip them with skills to develop their own arts work and to form networks with like-minded people.
Renowned artistic leader and advocate for young Australians, Bryce Ives, has taken over the reins as Fairfax Artistic Director for 2018, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. He encouraged artists to submit an expression of interest to be involved.
“As a proud regional Australian, I know that there is so much to celebrate about our communities. But a challenge that remains constant is that we have to always create and fight for better creative opportunities and experiences for young people in our communities,” he said.
“I’m also really excited about this year’s theme ‘We become the stories we tell…’ and how we will celebrate and shine a light on storytelling in our region, in particular, the stories that might not be told otherwise.
“Our theme ties incredibly well with Fairfax’s philosophy, being that no child should miss out on this life-changing experience because they don’t live in a big city, because they come from a low socio-economic background or have physical or learning disabilities.
“We’re going to uncover some incredible and powerful stories, and I cannot wait to see them brought to life on stage.
“So, we’re seeking artists who are ready to collaborate and connect with young people and their teachers. Artists who know that regional and rural communities deserve opportunities like this. Artists who are willing to learn from being a regional place and willing to impart their knowledge and experience.”
Expressions of interest are open until Tuesday, 19 June at 5pm. You can download the Fairfax Youth initiative 2018 artist guidelines now.
If you have any questions please contact Bryce Ives via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Fairfax Youth Initiative
The Fairfax Youth Initiative is a series of workshops, activities and performances specifically for young people aged between 12 and 17 from regional and remote Australia.
Beginning in Swan Hill, Victoria in 1997, the Fairfax Youth Initiative is held annually in memory of George Fairfax, who grew up in Nangiloc, a small town in the Mallee region of Victoria.
He was well known for his support and encouragement of activities that involved young people in the arts, especially through places like Melbourne University, the Victorian College of the Arts and St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre.
The Fairfax Youth Initiative has three distinct phases:
- Four days of in-community workshops to assist secondary school students to create a 10-minute performance piece.
- Three and a half days of rehearsals and performance workshops in Swan Hill, Victoria.
- A final community performance at the Swan Hill Town Hall Performing Arts Centre, showcasing the new works created, as well as any new specialist skills learned during the week.
About Bryce Ives
Bryce works around Australia and around the world, leading events and experiences that have the potential to create significant change and transformation.
Bryce is the Chief Facilitator of the ABC’s Heywire Regional Youth program, an initiative that he has been involved with for over 11 years.
He is the Artistic Director of the iconic St Kilda venue Theatre Works, and he is a former Director of the Ballarat Arts Academy, one of Australia’s leading creative arts schools. He is also the Artistic Director of the Present Tense Ensemble.
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