Brought to you through a partnership between Performing Arts Connections Australia, Performing Lines and Regional Arts Australia, Local Giants is an ambitious new program with a long-term approach to build resilience, sustainability, accessibility, diversity and vibrancy.
The Program consists of several intersecting parts including a Regional Producers Career Development Program, Regional Artist Residencies, and New Regional Work Co-Commissions. It will enable regional performing arts centres across Australia to act as cultural connectors within their communities and explore new co-commissioning, co-producing and investment models.
It is a multi-tiered creative project which aims to provide regional practitioners with supportive pathways that connect artist residencies and producer training with creative development, presentation of new work and short form touring.
With support from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund—an Australian Government initiative, the Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund, and the NSW Government through Create NSW, Local Giants will be delivered across 2021 – 2023 in partnership with Country Arts SA in South Australia, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre in New South Wales and a yet to be announced venue in Queensland.
The first of three Regional Artist Residencies is being hosted in partnership with Country Arts SA, and taking place at Pichi Richi Park, Quorn from 19 – 21 November.
EOI’s for the Regional Producers platform will open on 17 January 2022
Artist Residencies in QLD and NSW will take place in the first half of 2022, with EOI’s opening in the new year.