The Australia Council for the Arts uses peers - practicing artists, professionals or those who practiced a particular art form – on grant assessment panels. This means panel members have first-hand knowledge of the particular requirements of their art-form and bring immediate experience to the deliberations of an assessment panel.
Peers participating in an assessment panel review all of the applications for the grant round/s they are assessing, score them against the published assessment criteria, and make recommendations for funding to the Australia Council.
Applications are currently open for individuals wishing to be included in the register of peers.
Applications close 10 January 2014
The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship was established through the will of John Chisholm Marten to offer talented young Australian born artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travel.
There are 3 x $20,000 scholarships available for ballet dancers between 17 and 35 years old.
To apply, applicants must submit examples of their work and articulate their aims and activities for the two year scholarship.
Deadline for applications: 13 December 2013
Early bird delegate registrations for the next Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) are closing 10 December 2013 so register now and save!
APAM 2014 will be held in Brisbane from the 18 – 22 February and will feature a fresh new program of 37 production showcases and 15 work-in-development pitches by Australian and New Zealand artists and companies.
Program highlights include a full-length showing of Shaun Parker & Company’s latest production AM I, an excerpt showing of CORANDERRK by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s interactive installation I Think I Can and a curated cabaret featuring Yana Alana and Tha Paranas’ Between the Cracks, Synergy Percussion’s City Jungle, Justin Shoulder and collaborators The River Eats and Die Roten Punkte - Eurosmash!
Come along and mingle with 600+ international and national delegates at an event not to be missed. To find out more and to register, visit www.performingartsmarket.com.au.
International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC) is for artists, educators and engaged professionals who are working as teachers.
ITAC is a opportunity to join fellow artists and teachers for 3 days of inquiry into this worldwide phenomenon of the teaching artist—this rich opportunity, this growing trend.
The conference in co-hosted by Creative Industries Faculty, QUT and Queensland Performing Arts Complex (QPAC) and is presented in association with QPAC's Out of the Box Festival for Children 2014.
Please email expressions of interest to QUT.
American Dance Festival (ADF) is still accepting enrolments for its Winter Dance Intensive 28 December 2013 – 5 January 2014 at The Ailey Studios in New York.
The Winter Intensive offers nine days of classes, panels, performances, and more. Study with outstanding teachers, learn in a supportive environment that offers individualised attention, hear about the NY dance scene from the artists who are currently creating it and see open rehearsals and performances from an insider's perspective.
Go to the ADF website to find out more.
STRUT dance is proud to announce that they will host a two-week Master Workshop of Gaga and Ohad Naharin repertoire during February 2014.
Gaga is the movement language that Ohad Naharin developed over many years as a world leader in contemporary dance. Gaga is also the key dance practice of Israel's ambassadorial company Batsheva and is deeply embedded into all Naharin’s creative methodologies.
"We learn to love our sweat, we discover our passion to move and connect it to effort, we discover both the animal in us and the power of our imagination.” – Ohad Narahin
When: February 10 – 21, 10am – 4pm (exact timing TBC)
Where: King Street Arts Centre, Perth, WA
Cost: Ausdance WA Member: $250/week | Interstate Member: $300/week | Non-member: $350/week
Spaces are limited so we advise you to book early. If you require assistance with accommodation please notify the office.
For further information please email Jamie McGleave.
The Australian Performing Arts Market 2014 will be held in Brisbane 18 – 22 February. APAM is Australia's premier opportunity for contemporary performance artists to network, share and promote their work.
Being held in Brisbane for the first time since the establishment of APAM in 1994, the 2014 program includes a range of exciting new dance work in a variety of formats. Shaun Parker and Co, Lisa Wilson, Vicki Van Hout, Antony Hamiliton, Lucy Guerin Inc, Kage, Claire Marshall and Force Majeure with the Sydney Theatre Company have all been selected to present full length works or pitch select excepts of their upcoming work.
Early bird registrations to join in the networking and see these exciting performances close 10 December.
Bridge Dance Intensive
9 – 13 December 2013
Ausdance NSW's Bridge Dance Intensive held at Bangarra Dance Theatre studios gives tertiary dance graduates opportunities for development, performance and networking. The program provides tools to help guide early career artists into the professional dance sector.
The Bridge Dance Intensive 2013 is a career transition program specifically designed for students graduating from tertiary dance courses this year but is also open to those that have graduated since 2011.
In addition to daily class and choreographic workshops, there will be a three-hour workshop on the business basics of being an independent artist, including tax, contracts and intellectual property. There will also be information sessions on funding opportunities for early career artists and an opportunity to show work at a performance evening attended by industry insiders.
Participants are required to attend all classes during the week, including
- classes by independent artists
- intensive choreography and improvisation workshops
- industry sessions on funding, career management, networking and support
- a showing of work to peers and industry professionals.
Confirmed workshops leaders include Byron Perry, Anouk Van Dijk, Frances Rings, Tess de Quincey, Emily Amisano, Craig Bary, Josh Thomson, Kristina Chan.
National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE), have expressed concern UNESCO has recently voted to downgrade its cultural program (including arts education), thus risking the program's eventual elimination. Writing to the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, NAAE have outlined concerns about the possible downgrading of UNESCO's cultural program, and requesting Australia's representatives prioritise this program when it votes again at its November meeting. NAAE also acknowledges the leadership role UNESCO has played as an active advocate for Arts Education internationally.
Toshi Kawaguchi, Secretary-General of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO has recently responsed:
Australia is not a member of the Executive Board. As such, we were not involved in the decision. The Australian National Commission for UNESCO intends to participate in the General Conference, however, and has registered National Advocates for Arts Education’s (NAAE) views. We appreciate your input as the peak national arts education association.
Australia has much to offer in the cultural and arts education sphere and places value in arts education, including working to elevate creativity and cultural expression nationally. As you note, education ministers endorsed the Australian Curriculum for the arts in July 2013 so that for the first time, all Australian students from Foundation to Year Ten will have access to an arts education that covers five art forms of drama, dance, media arts, music and visual arts. To the credit of cultural bodies such as NAAE and Drama Australia, the Australian Curriculum for the arts recognises the opportunities that the arts learning area offers students in relation to further developing their general capabilities such as literacy, personal and social capability, and intercultural understanding.
NAAE will continue to monitor the progress of the decision and the outcome of the General Conference.
Australia is delighted to host the 2014 Asian Satellite for IETM (the leading international network for contemporary performing arts) bringing together a focused group of contemporary performing arts professionals from Australia, Europe and Asia to network and exchange ideas for collaboration and coproduction between the regions.
The meeting will be held in the context of Arts Centre Melbourne's Asian Performing Arts Program and is preceded by the final weekend of the Next Wave festival. It will be an inspiring gathering of artists and arts professionals engaged in collaboration between Europe and Asia.
Delegates are strongly encouraged to arrive in Melbourne to be able to start the performance itinerary on the morning of Saturday 10 May through Sunday 11 May, alongside their international peers and then attend the IETM Asian Satellite meeting, 12 – 14 May 2014.
Go the Australia Council website to apply.
There is so much we still have to learn about dance. Human bodies have been dancing for centuries and some of our training techniques have been passed on from generation to generation.
At Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Dr Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, is leading a growing group of researchers and students applying scientific methods to the dance training we do every day, seeking to gain knowledge about the body and the impact of dance.
Dance Scientists strive to optimise the dancer’s potential as an elite performer through areas such as physiology, psychology, nutrition, and biomechanics. Additionally, by measuring the effect of regular dance activity, Dance Scientists are able to explore the unique benefits that dance can have on other populations. Trinity website
Current dance science research and PhD students are looking at
- the differing fitness levels dancers require for performance and how to achieve that through class and strengthening programs
- how training techniques can be used to address common injuries
- the physical and physiological benefits of dance for young people and in ageing
Dr Redding is currently president of IADMS and Trinity Laban is a partner of the DanceUK-led initiative that established a National Institute for Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) in the United Kingdom. The Institute focuses on keeping dancers healthy using preventive strategies, following a ten-year research project showing that 80 percent of dancers are injured. An initiative of NIDMS allows dancers free access to the first specialist dance injury clinic funded by the National Health Service and based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Watch Helen Laws (Dance UK), Nouska Hanly (Dance UK) and Dr Roger Wolman (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital) discuss the treatment pathways for dancers who get injured in the UK.
Artists and companies from across Australia are invited to apply now to showcase and pitch their work at APAM 2014, 18 – 22 February in Brisbane.
APAM provides an opportunity for artists and programmers from Australia and around the world to discover new artists, find new collaborators, and meet with fellow professionals.
You can submit work under either one of two categories: Showcase or Pitches. Eligible work for the Showcase category includes finished and tour-ready productions, which can be presented in either full-length, as a 25-minute excerpt, or a new APAM Club 7 – 12 minute excerpt. Work in development falls into the Pitch category.
Deadline for applications: midnight 22 July 2013 (AEST)
Presenters, producers, agents and anyone interested in attending APAM2014 are encouraged to register before midnight 10 December to get the earlybird price of $650 (Full price $790)
Brisbane City Council is the principal supporter of APAM. The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, proudly supports APAM 2014, 2016 & 2018.
If you are an independent Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander dance artist based in NSW and you are interested in developing new skills and networks, you can apply now for a palce in the Birrang program.
Focused on expanding indigenous dance horizons in NSW, Birrang is a new professional dance development initiative supported by Arts NSW, coordinated by Ausdance NSW, Regional Arts NSW and Bangarra Dance Theatre in partnership with NAISDA Dance College, Carriageworks and the Australian Film, Television & Radio School.
In this first year of the initiative, the Birrang program includes:
Creative Lab: 29 April – 3 May @ Carriageworks, Redfern
(deadline for applications is 29 March)
Creative Business Course: 22 – 24 May @ AFTRS, Moore Park
(applications now open)
Dance Residency*: 23 September – 5 October @ NAISDA, Kariong
(applications open in July)
Market Development and Enterprise Workshop: November, venue tba
(applications open in October)
*To be eligible for the Dance Residency, applicants must have completed either the Creative Lab and/or Creative Business Course.
Artists are encouraged to apply for all activities. Download application forms.
Congratulations to Joseph Simons of Dubbo who is this year's recipient of the Tanja Liedtke Fellowship (TLF).
The fellowship will take place in Berlin and Frankfurt in August/September of 2013. The two key objectives of the 2013 Fellowship are:
- To provide a program of opportunity for a developing Australian dancer/choreographer to expand and develop his/her creative boundaries,
- To enable young artists to meet and work collaboratively in the context of international exchange and experimentation.
Previous TLF recipients have been Antony Hamilton (2009) and Katarzyna Sitarz (2011).
Read full Media Release.
For more information visit Tanja Liedtke Foundation.
Opening and closing with interactive visioning sessions, the program featured a full morning 'Open Space' session on the Sunday tapping the pulse of the forum, and through it that of the dance sector in Australia.
Keynote artists-in-conversation were Dalisa Pigram, co-Artistic Director of Marrugeku, with David Pledger, and Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre Garry Stewart with Anne Thompson.
Diverse breakout sessions covered panel, presentation, roundtable and screening formats:
- BlakDance First Nations Dance Panel
- 'Whose responsibility is it to make sense of this?'
- Dramaturgy, outside eye or feedback?
- Virtuosi industry preview screening
- 'What role dance education play in shaping Australian culture for tomorrow?'
- Beyond hybridity: current Australia/Asia-Pacific dance practices
- A Lifetime's Collaboration
- BETWEEN US: Connections within and beyond the independent dance sector
- What is dance doing in Australia? And what is Australian dance doing in the world?
The NDF2013 Facilitator was Jeff Khan, co-Director of Performance Space, Sydney. Also joining the NDF2013 team for a number of sessions was Janenne Willis, guest co-facilitator, roving provocateur and catalyst at large. Janenne brought her energy, seasoned facilitation skills and experience co-creating futures one conversation at a time.
|12:30pm – 2:00pm||Registration|
|2:00pm – 2:30pm||Welcome to Country & NDF2013 opening speeches|
|2:30pm – 4:30pm||Introduction: Who's here? Facilitated by Jeff Khan, NDF Facilitator, with Janenne Willis|
|4:30pm – 5:30pm||Forum opening and networking drinks on the lawn overlooking the Maribyrnong River|
|8:30am – 9:00am||Registration|
|9:00am – 9:15am||Introduction to day two – Jeff Khan, NDF Facilitator|
|9:15am – 10:45am||
Breakouts # 1
|10:45am – 11:15am||Morning tea|
|11:15am – 12:30pm||
Keynote artist-in-conversation # 1
Dalisa Pigram in conversation with David Pledger
|12:30am – 1:45pm||Lunch|
|1:45pm – 3:15pm||
Breakouts # 2 (parallel sessions)
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||Afternoon tea|
|3:45pm – 5:00pm||
Keynote artist-in-conversation # 2
Garry Stewart in conversation with Anne Thompson
|5:00pm – 5:30pm||Plenary facilitated by Jeff Khan|
|9:30am – 12:30pm||Open Space session with morning tea break, facilitated by Jeff Khan and Janenne Willis|
|12:30pm – 1:45pm||Lunch|
|1:45pm – 3:15pm||
Breakouts # 3 (parallel sessions)
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||Afternoon tea|
|3:45pm – 5:30pm||
Postcards from the future
Future visioning session facilitated by Jeff Khan and Janenne Willis, and forum close.
At the recent meeting of the Tertiary Dance Council of Australia (TDCA), serious concerns were raised about the massive cuts to TAFE training in several eastern States.
In this article for Artshub, Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts, also raises these concerns, and the broader issues of career pathways for artists. While Tamara focuses on the visual arts, much of her analysis could be applied to dance in the TAFE sector, especially with the imminent introduction of the new Australian Curriculum: The Arts.
We'll be making our concerns known to the Victorian, New South Wales, South Australian and Queensland governments about their proposals to so drastically cut TAFE funding. We suggest you read Tamara's article and respond to your own governments about the future of arts training in your State.
The latest Australia Council Snapshot of Major Performing Arts Company Key Trends shows that Australia’s major performing arts companies are robust, stable and have continued to expand their city audiences in line with population growth. They have also extended their reach and engagement in regional and remote communities.
The 2012 Australian Dance Awards were presented in spectacular fashion at the beautiful new Heath Ledger Theatre in the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia on 1 September.
Thank you for a great weekend. The National Dance Research Forum was stimulating, energising and so well organised with great food and venues. (Dr Cheryl Stock)
Last weekend we had the pleasure of partnering with the Tertiary Dance Council of Australia to welcome 35 Australian and five international dance researchers to the first national dance research forum held for many years.
The forum provided a unique opportunity for everyone to hear some high-profile speakers, share their own research, join small discussion groups and make plans with potential collaborators.
The National Library of Australia has integrated the Australia Dancing service into the national discovery service Trove.
Trove is an exciting destination for dance researchers and expands the potential of finding new and rare materials in many diverse collections. Trove takes you to resources in libraries, archives, performing arts collections, galleries; to biographical databases and online collections including pictures, digitised newspapers and finding aids. Trove also incorporates the National Library's dance resources, which continue to grow each year.
Managing Arts in Community Settings (MMM796) addresses the knowledge and skills needed to engage diverse communities in arts projects and manage community based arts initiatives.
A range of community-based arts programs are examined and the characteristics of community creative processes are identified and analysed. Find out more on the Deakin University website.
The Minister notes that 'the review makes 18 recommendations for reform of the Council and provides an opportunity to reflect on its success and to consider the major challenges ahead'.
We'll be commenting with our ArtsPeak colleagues, but we'd also like to hear from you. Please leave a comment when you've read the report.
We understand that the National Cultural Policy is now only weeks away, so we've written to Arts Minister Simon Crean again, this time in response to the media release from the Arts & Cultural Ministers' meeting on 30 March.
This was our last opportunity to comment prior to the NCP's release, so we've reproduced the text here, following correspondence with the Office for the Arts after my colleague, Tamara Winikoff, and I visited the department on behalf of ArtsPeak.
ArtsPeak has also written to the Minister, particularly emphasising the importance of the small to medium arts sector in Federal Budget considerations. The letter reads as follows:
Today I went with my ArtsPeak colleague, Tamara Winikoff, to visit the Office for the Arts in Canberra, where we continued the conversation about our work.
It was useful to share the ArtsPeak map that outlines the broad reach of arts service organisations, especially as we’d like to see it acknowleged as part of the bigger arts support picture in the National Cultural Policy .
We’re not artists, dance companies, or funding bodies, but do we have a body of work?
With our ArtsPeak partners, we've mapped some of things we do.
The Harold Mitchell Review of Private Sector Support for the Arts has just been released by the Minister for the Arts as part of the wider consultation about the new National Cultural Policy.
The Mitchell review recommends several ideas that might help attract new donors to the arts, noting that “The limited funds available to many arts organisations creates a situation where they cannot afford dedicated staff to drive a strategic approach to fund-raising”.
Mitchell also recommends the merging of the Australian Business Arts Foundation with Artsupport Australia “under the auspices of a new body with responsibility for all private sector support for the arts in Australia”.
Today is also your last opportunity to respond to the Australia Council review, another important part of the Cultural Policy consultation process.
Ever since we convened the 2005 Creating Pathways national Indigenous dance forum in Canberra, Lee Christofis—one of the keynote speakers, and now curator of dance at the National Library of Australia—has been keen to develop the NLA's Indigenous dance collection.
In the March 2012 edition of National Library News, Lee discusses some of the material now held in the collection and outlines the importance of its provenance.
Building the Indigenous contemporary dance collection makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the development of Australian contemporary Indigenous dance.
ArtsPeak representatives met again with the ABC to lobby for more cultural content in ABC news and current affairs programs. General Manager Mark Scott had previously met with the group, and this time ArtsPeak met with Don Lang, the Head of News Programming, and Alan Sunderland, the Head of News Policy,
A process was agreed on to review arts content for news and current affairs programs, and on a process for arts representatives to contact appropriate reporters. The following strategies were suggested to ArtsPeak:
- Arts representatives should consider what the issues are and whether they are newsworthy.
- We should develop a central arts representatives contact register.
- We should focus on stories that utilise ABC research and archives.
We'll be working with our ArtsPeak colleagues to maximise this positive response from the ABC, and making sure dance is part of the story telling!
Arts curriculum writing for Foundation to Year 10 is well underway.
The draft rationale, aims and broad scope and sequence have already been reviewed by a state and territory national panel, and we joined other professional associations last week to review the drafts. We'd been invited to ask four teachers from across Australia to provide feedback, and Dr Katrina Rank, education and training manager for Ausdance Victoria, collated their feedback and led the discussion for dance.
We also represented the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) in the teleconference, which was chaired by the general manager (curriculum) of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Robert Randall.
We'll be calling for further dance commentary in the coming weeks as the drafts are developed by the writers, and ACARA will make the curriculum available for public comment in May. In the meantime, you can sign up for regular ACARA updates.
Following news last year that the ABC would axe several of its most successful arts programs, the national broadcaster has announced the appointment of a new head of TV arts, Katrina Sedgwick.
Formerly director of the Adelaide Film Festival, Katrina will commence work with the ABC in April.
In its 50th anniversary year, The Australian Ballet is celebrating a new rising star in its ranks, Chinese Australian dancer Chengwu Guo.
The ABC's 7.30 program profiles his work and interviews his mentor Li Cunxin, the teenage dancer Chen played in Mao's Last Dancer, the hugely successful film based on Li's autobiography.
Former balleriona Josephine Spaull, respected ballet teacher, Tanya Pearson, and Judith Anderson, formerly General Manager of The Queensland Ballet, have today been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
Josephine was recognised for “for service to the performing arts, particularly dance, as a teacher and administrator". Tanya's citation was "for service to the performing arts, particularly ballet, as a teacher and mentor to young dancers". Judith's citation was "for service to the Queensland Ballet and to women". We congratulate Josephine, Tanya and Judith for their outstanding achievements.
The website It's an Honour has all the information you'll need to nominate more dance people for Australia's highest Honours!
There have been celebrations around the country today for our new Australian of the Year, actor Geoffrey Rush.
We congratulate him on his acceptance speech that placed the arts at the centre of Australian life and culture. He acknowledged the role of the First Australians, and said he was sure "that my colleagues will see this as an endorsement of our national story of creativity".
Senior Australian of the Year is Laurie Baymarrwangga, an extraordinary elder from the island of Murrungga in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
The Australian of the Year Awards were announced last night by the Prime Minister.
Andrea Snyder is co-director of American Dance Abroad, a new initiative in the US that promotes the export of American dance. Andrea was formerly CEO of Dance USA, and is a valued colleague of Ausdance.
Andrea will be visiting Australia for the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in February, so we’re putting her in touch with the Australia Council and dance producers in Sydney and Melbourne before she goes on to APAM. She'll see a lot of Australian dance while she's here and importantly will be establishing Australian networks for possible future exchanges.
This week we hosted Shannon Litzenberger in Canberra as part of her research into Australian cultural policy. Shannon is a Canadian dance artist, writer, director and advocate who we first met at the 2009 Dance Congress in Hamburg.
Shannon is particularly interested in the political process of developing a national cultural policy; the ways in which new funding models might be developed; the cultural diplomacy strategies of the government; the National Cultural Policy Discussion Paper and the various (and many) responses received by the government as part of its consultation.
Recent funding decisions across all sectors of the small to medium performing arts sector have highlighted the widening gap between what was considered to be 'adequate' funding for these companies five years ago, and the reality of their existence today. While we highlighted the issues in our contribution to the National Cultural Policy discussion paper, we also plan see the Arts Minister, Simon Crean, to again draw his attention to the parlous state of funding for smaller key organisations, especially in dance.
We joined the many artists, companies and community organisations and made a submission to the National Cultural Policy discussion paper.
Because we think it’s important for the dance voice to be heard as part of the wider arts industry, we also coordinated the submissions from ArtsPeak and the National Advocates for Arts Education.
You can keep in touch with the development of the National Cultural Policy by joining the Arts Minister’s e-news.
As SCOPE board members formally wound up the program in Sydney on Friday, we reflected that there was much to be proud of. We developed a model for dancers' career development and management and, with Australia Council support, we've been able to assist 99 artists to realise their dreams through professional career advice and small retraining scholarships.
We are continuing with online advice and support, and we're also planning an evaluation of the program to help us find new funding partners to bring back the scholarships and professional career guidance.