Surprise! $20,000 Funded to Big Ideas

Surprise! $20,000 Funded to Big Ideas

The Your Big Idea project which called out for ambitious ideas to be developed into contemporary arts projects received an overwhelming response, emphasising the creative talent residing in the Northern Rivers. At last week’s event celebrating a night of big ideas, the audience at the Brunswick Picture House was electric following the surprise announcement that each of the six Your Big Idea finalists will share a total of $20,000 seed funding.

Selection panel guests including Emily Sullivan, Curator at Kaldor Public Art Projects and Virginia Hyam, Head of Programming at HOTA [Home of the Arts] were joined by Stephen Garrett, Head of Art and Design at Southern Cross University who moderated the lively panel discussion around big ideas. Virginia Hyam announced the project winners, Peter Castaldi and Arianna Bosi from Dashboard Animals, for their idea ‘#onlyinoceanshores’.

Taking the InSideOut Lightbox, a collaborative exhibition and performance space within a shopping centre precinct, from POP-UP to permanent, the idea is to establish on-going activity to nurture an artistic environment, where everyone assumes there is none.⁣ In addition to receiving the $5,000 seed funding prize, Dashboard Animals will work closely with Arts Northern Rivers to hone their project ready for further funding. This incubation phase will leverage Arts Northern Rivers’ expertise and offer access to industry networks and expert knowledge across various sectors.⁣ Peter Castalidi said:

“It’s an amazing confidence boost for Dashboard Animals to receive validation for such an out-of-the-box project. To be able to work with the Arts Northern Rivers team is both exciting and an invaluable opportunity to celebrate Ocean Shores as a vibrant community rich in diversity.”

Arts Northern Rivers Executive Director, Peter Wood, followed this with the surprise announcement that the remaining five finalists will each receive $3,000 seed funding.⁣ Finalists including Charlotte Haywood with Valley Lipcer, Elevator ARI, Kit Webster, Laurent Labourmène, and Louise Lavarack with Cobie Orger will each have the opportunity to realise their ambitious ideas spanning across interdisciplinary and contemporary arts practices. Peter Wood said:

“Your Big Idea aims to foster a culture of innovation and experimentation and this year the submitted ideas exceeded our expectations. With the added bonus of being able to support all finalists with seed funding, we look forward to experiencing some incredibly big ideas as they roll out across the region in the coming years.”

To learn more about Your Big Idea and the funded ideas visit

Image | 2020 Your Big Idea Winner, Peter Castaldi from Dashboard Animals. Photograph by Kate Holmes.