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NEW ERA 2016 //

Metro is back on the road again engaging with regional Queensland artists and audiences at Longreach, Winton, Hughenden and Charters Towers.

Following on from New ERA in 2015, our Community Arts and Cultural Development consultant, Scotia Monkivitch will be touring with artist Jamie Lewis, meeting local women artists and community movers and shakers to talk: arts practice, exchange, collaboration and reciprocity. Everyone is invited to showcase their art practice/ stories in a 10 minute presentation followed by informal discussions over cups of tea and a scone.

This scoping tour is intended to develop into a collaborative residency program in 2017 for artists in these regions with a focus on how women gather.

Itinerary (subject to change)
Longreach: Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 September 2016
Winton: Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September 2016
Hughenden : Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016
Charters Towers: Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 September 2016


NEW ERA 2015 //

The New ERA (Engaging with Regional Audiences) partnership was designed to develop a concentrated Queensland network for contemporary performance, with a focus on actively developing audiences for two works, a library for the end of the world by Sarah Winter and Argus by Dead Puppet Society. The program engaged local communities and artsworkers from Mount Isa, Hughenden, Charters Towers, Townsville and Cairns.

For us, audience development is about actively engaging with our audiences as fellow-collaborators; it’s about a holistic approach to performance which recognises and reflects culture and social interaction; it’s about deliberately and actively contributing to the community’s long-term development; and it’s about collaborating with key community-members on the ground in remote and regional areas. Within this model we significantly built the skills of local community-members (‘champions’), and encouraged reciprocal sharing by offering them the opportunity to travel to Brisbane for collaboration and contribution into the making of contemporary work and engagement models. Champions participated in an intensive workshop with artists and the producer centred on creating artistic activities to promote and engage the upcoming presentation with their community. These workshops focused on brainstorming ideas, sharing experiences and creating opportunities for regional collaborations and activation of performance spaces and communities.

Following this experience, the champions returned home and continued creating and implementing development activities in constant consultation with other regional community members, presenters, artists and the producer. The program of artistic activities occured pre-presentation; during presentation and post-presentation to maximize the impact of the contemporary work and ensure significant learning and exposure of a variety of artistic activities with various sections of the local communities.

New ERA is ongoing in 2016 with Singaporian-Australian artist Jamie Lewis visiting regional and remote Queensland communities as a first step in a longer residency program which will be rolled out in 2017.









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New ERA was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.

New ERA was made possible by the generous support of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

New ERA was presented in conjunction with the Creative Recovery Network.

New ERA was presented in conjunction with the arTour.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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