Open Source is a new program designed to support groups or collectives of young artists to move their practice and careers to the next level and beyond.
The program is designed to inspire young emerging independent artists to think strategically, and to support them in approaching big ideas while meaningfully engaging with the sector.
Open Source has two strands: Music and Performance. Both strands offer artists three-month residencies at Backbone, where they are invited to design their own professional practice development programs. Artists are then supported by Backbone’s staff in the implementation of these programs
Grace Edward, Natal Jimna, David Jon
Global Sanctuary are a group of young people from the Kakwa Community. They are creating a forum theatre project that is aimed at investigating the increasing gap between elders and young people within refugee and migrant backgrounds.
Kelsey Adams, Regan Ainslie
Kelsey Adams and Regan Ainslie are HalfHitch: a duo writing, flying, moving, creating, and making their way through the fringe art community. They are the brains behind Fast and Loose, a scratch night for brand new performances to be presented and discussed in an open feedback format.
A producer, curator and bassist, Samuel Pankhurst is the leader behind Vomit Cabaret.
As a performance artist, Stephen has worked with many artists from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. In his residency, Stephen is exploring collaborations with actors, dancers, performers, visual artists, designers, writers, and musicians who are interested in creating a 'gallery of performance art' based in Greek Mythology.
Turtle juice records
Turtle Juice Records is a record label created by Kendall Layt for LGBTQIA+ musicians. TJR will be opening the doors of Backbone to young LGBTQIA+ musicians who wish to learn more about the independent music recording and producing process.
Through a discourse of motion sickness and bodily estrangement, LUNG WATER is an interdisciplinary work that weaves dance, time-based sculpture and performance text as it tends to the rising tides of annihilation, grief, slow terror and the soft sublime. LUNG WATER explores the simultaneous radical intimacy and radical alienation we experience with the personal body as a hinge in unpacking our conceptions of "other".
Hawkes Bay Youth Theatre
Hailing from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Hawkes Bay Youth Theatre are an ensemble who tell visceral stories with a multi-arts approach.
Investigating Butoh, Body Weather and Scripting with psycho-physical stimulus scripting processes.
Share House Theatre Company
Devising professional, accessible performance art for young people.
An open space for dance practitioners to facilitate and research movement practices drawn from their current interests and explorations.
Magnetic North Theatre Company
MNTC is an emerging ensemble of creatives with one goal: make stories for people who experience marginalisation.
The Big Crew
The Big Crew is a crew of like-minded artists passionate about active creation, working across many media forms.
The Sui Ensemble
Creating theatre and events that affect and involve audiences in new and innovative ways.
El Telon Theatre Company
Collaborating with people from diverse backgrounds to create art that is enriched by multiculturalism.
The next round of Open Source Residency applications will be open in November 2018. Sign up to our mailing list to be one of the first to find out when applications are open.