Your Big Idea

Your Big Idea

Arts Northern Rivers is calling for proposals for ambitious ideas ready to be developed into contemporary arts projects. The winning idea will receive $5,000 seed funding in addition to a tailored project development package; a unique opportunity to work closely with Arts Northern Rivers to leverage further funding opportunities and gain access to industry networks.

The project aims to foster a culture of innovation and experimentation, emphasising the creative talent residing in the Northern Rivers. Arts Northern Rivers welcomes proposals from the cutting edge of visual arts and experimentation, performance, theatre, live art, music, sound, dance or interdisciplinary contemporary arts practice. Proposed ideas need to have a public outcome at a site within the Northern Rivers and be led by a Northern Rivers based artist or team. Project partners are encouraged and can be sought locally, nationally and internationally.

During the inaugural Your Big Idea project in 2018, the selection panel included industry leaders; Lisa Havilah, Director of Carriageworks; Jeff Khan, Artistic Director & CEO of Performance Space and Roslyn Helper, Director of Underbelly Arts. In a tight race the panel selected two winning ideas from Caroline Wales and NORPA. Caroline’s big idea for Ballina’s Pop Up Festival of The Arts, Ballinale, was to convert self-storage units in the Ballina Industrial Estate into immersive interdisciplinary spaces. Peter Wood, Arts Northern Rivers Executive Director, said:

“Caroline’s Storage-Space Festival idea was exactly the sort of innovative thinking we were looking for. This year it’s great to be encouraging artists to keep producing experimental work and support new creative developments, particularly during COVID-19 and its impacts on the arts and cultural sector. We’re looking for a boundary pushing concept, something original and something at the cutting edge of contemporary arts practice.”

Applications will be assessed by a panel of highly regarded industry leaders soon to be announced. The panellists will select a winner at the Your Big Night event to be held in November after five shortlisted applicants have pitched their big ideas. Applications are open now and close on the 12th of October 2020.

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