Local Giants

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.

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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.

Current Opportunities

Local Giants is calling for applications from regionally based producers for the inaugural Regional Producers Platform.

The Platform will see a collection of regionally based producers participate in a skills development program lead by Performing Lines. The format is based on Performing Lines' method of learn-by-practice through sharing case studies and templates. Members of the Performing Lines national Producing team, as well as guest speakers, will provide insights on producing fundamentals including budgets and finances, market development, grants and funding.

Taking place over Zoom, participants will gather weekly for 13 sessions which will consist of lectures and tutorials relevant to the various stages of producing live works from concept development to wrap-up and future planning. Participating producers will work on their own project idea, applying templates and learnings shared by Performing Lines.

At the conclusion of the program the producers will congregate in person from 5-9 September at APAX 2022 at NIDA, Sydney. Attendance will include individual mentoring sessions, allowing the producers to utilise their skills and build further contacts with artists, presenters and producers in a national forum.

This is an opportunity for emerging to mid-career regional producers (including self-producing artists) and regional arts workers of all forms of live work to come together and explore new modes of working, project ideas, and sustainable models for presentation and touring.

Applicants with diverse experiences are encouraged to apply, including First Nations producers, producers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTQ+ producers, and Deaf and Disabled producers.

The application is simple and asks for details about your professional background, as well as any existing project ideas you are hoping to produce in future. It will take you about 20 minutes to complete.

To apply

Please complete the Expression of Interest form.

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by a panel who will consider your practice, past work, and skills, while balancing other issues including art forms, geography, and experience.

Key Dates

  • - Friday 4 February: Info session at 10am WA / 11.30am NT / 12pm QLD / 12.30pm SA / 1pm TAS, VIC, NSW (register here)
  • - Sunday 27 February: EOIs due
  • - Friday 18 March: Successful applicants notified
  • - Friday 10 June: Platform Commences
  • - 5-9 September – APAX 2022

Successful participants will be paid a fee of $100 per Zoom session as well as an additional $750 stipend for their involvement in APAX 2022.

If you’re nervous or unsure if the Regional Producers Platform is for you, please get in touch with Jen Leys, Producer (jen@performinglineswa.org.au) to discuss.

Cohort feedback from the 2020 Producer Lab:

The lab brought producers from the entire region together and gave them a chance to interact, empower each other, and share their work. It was also helpful in making new connections.

As a regional, and often touring, artist and producer it's really important to me to understand where our WA industry is at, and who is involved with it. For both a current connection and hopefully future collaborations.

It deepened my relationship with the producing role and allowed me to think about what that is more broadly and how exactly I want to do it.

Having the space to discuss as a network, assisted by the information presented by the PLWA team.

Just liked clarifying the whole part of what a producer actually is/does because we're all so self-taught in this field and having a bit of a ground to stand on is nice.


Future Opportunities

Artist Residencies in QLD and NSW will take place in the first half of 2022, with EOI’s opening early in 2022.

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