Australia Council for the Arts today announced that Carriageworks will deliver a major new artistic project: 24 Frames Per Second. The initiative will commission 18 Australian artists and 6 international artists to create 24 new works spanning choreography, visual arts and film.
The initiative is a National Strategy for the Development of Screen Dance and will be presented across a number of platforms over three years culminating in a major exhibition at Carriageworks in 2015 which will tour internationally. The final commissions will also form smaller scale touring projects that will tour to regional venues across Australia.
Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, this significant new partnership will provide Australian artists with the resources and the industry support required to develop new works, as well as afford significant opportunities to collaborate with international artists.
Carriageworks will appoint a Curatorial Producer who will work with a Curatorium comprised of industry leaders from film, producing, choreography, broadcast and visual arts to deliver the project.
Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah says 24 Frames Per Second has been developed in response to major shifts in the cross-disciplinary, collaborative nature of choreography, visual arts and film.
“24 Frames will provide Australian artists with significant opportunities to collaborate with international artists. An Indigenous and cross cultural focus will reflect the cultural diversity of artists currently working across multiple disciplines,” says Ms Havilah.
“This project marks a significant new chapter for the Redfern based arts institution, cementing its position as a new generation of cultural institution who through its artistic program will lead a new approach to the way work is commissioned and presented. The Carriageworks artistic program will be recognised as ambitious, risk taking and unrelenting in its support of artists,” she says.
AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS commissioned to create new works under the project, include: Tony Albert (Brisbane), Alison Currie (Adelaide), Vicki Van Hout (Sydney), James Newitt (Hobart), Byron Perry and Antony Hamilton (Melbourne), Khaled Sabsabi (Sydney), Aimee Smith (Perth), Latai Taumoepeau (Sydney), Christian Thompson (Gawler, South Australia) and Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters (Sydney).
INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS commissioned to create new works include: Nick Cave (USA), Sriwhana Spong (New Zealand), Wit Pimkanchanapong (Thailand) and Ming Wong (Singapore).
A diverse range of national and international partnerships will be developed in the delivery of this exciting new collaborative project.
“ABC Television is excited to be a part of this important initiative and will be a broadcasting partner. This project offers artists the chance to explore and expand the scope of their work through new platforms and collaborations, complementing our vision for our future engagement with contemporary arts practice,” says Katrina Sedgwick, ABC TV’s Head of Arts.
This initiative and major funding announcement follows record visitor attendances at Carriageworks. The Sydney contemporary arts institution has more than doubled its visitation in the first six months of 2012.
Lisa Havilah, Carriageworks Director said: “We are very proud of the fact that the 2012 Carriageworks program was designed to introduce audiences to artists working at the forefront of contemporary multi-arts practice.”
“We’re expecting further growth in audiences in the second half of the year when Carriageworks will present three major works as part of the official exhibition program for the 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations. This is the first time Carriageworks has partnered with the Biennale of Sydney, with a major installation by Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens which opened last month and two Australian premiere performances by renowned Belgian dance ensemble Rosas in September,” said Lisa Havilah, Carriageworks Director.
Carriageworks presents a contemporary multi-arts program that engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. The Carriageworks artistic program is ambitious, risk taking and unrelenting in its support of artists. Carriageworks is cultural facility of the NSW Government and is supported by Arts NSW. Carriageworks is home to resident companies: Erth; Force Majeure; Marrugeku; Performance Space; Playwriting Australia; Reeldance; Stalker; and version 1.0 and Anna Schwartz Gallery. The Carriageworks program can be viewed at carriageworks.com.au.
Image: Antony Hamilton’s Blaze Blue Oneline. Photo: Byron Perry
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