Are you a group or collective of young artists (aged up to 30) looking for the opportunity to move your practice to the next level and beyond? OPEN SOURCE + GO! is a new program from Backbone designed to support up to 3 performance making collectives (theatre / performance / experiments with bodies in space) and 3 music making collectives (bands / cross-artform / music events) to collaborate, shape and develop new ideas.
We want to support you to think strategically, to approach big ideas with confidence and to seek out ways to meaningfully engage with the sector, and play a bigger role as advocates for your work, and the work of your peers.
Open Source has two strands; Music and Performance. Both strands offer residencies that are 3 months long at the East Brisbane Bowls Club. As part of this residency you will design your own professional and practice development program, supported by Backbone’s staff to implement the program.
+ Go! is a micro-touring program that is open to Open Source Participants. We will work with successful applicants to develop and implement a micro-touring strategy for their work in and around Qld and NSW. We will bring the best advice to your door, along with networks and ideas about how to get your work on the road, develop interesting techniques to promote your work and most importantly FIND YOUR PEOPLE in other parts of Qld and NSW. We are here to open the door for you and assist you to gain insights into the industry, to take advantage of opportunities that are available locally and to make sure you feel ready to hit the road.
We are looking forward to working with our industry partners on this residency program. In particular we are looking forward to our partnership with Blakdance who will provide support and advice to all of our residents, and with whom we are selecting at least 1 resident from each strand to be identified opportunities for young First Nations artists.
Space – we are at the East Brisbane Bowls Club – there are two large areas indoors there. We encourage interested parties to come along to one of our events before applying so that you understand the space and how it feels and looks, the kinds of resources we have on offer etc. By default the Music strand is in the Roadside Studio and Performance strand is the Riverside Studio.
It is a shared space. It is envisaged that your residency period will take place mostly on weekdays during the day or early in the week evenings, however we encourage a spirit of sharing and a culture of acceptance and expect all of our residents to be flexible and work with our venue bookings as well. This means planning your use of the space in advance and communicating your needs to us, so that we can make sure you are getting what you need within your residency time period.
Additional Funding. We are waiting on funding outcomes for this program and hope to provide a stipend to our residents from funding we have applied for already. In addition we would like to assist residents to source additional funding for your projects especially your touring projects. The first two months of the year are set aside to ensure your projects have an opportunity to apply for funding your residencies.
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