With the coronavirus outbreak forcing all public gatherings to halt, and galleries and public spaces to close, we have witnessed the cancellation of all art fairs, festivals, gatherings, markets and community celebrations. The Quad and Lismore Regional Gallery have launched a project called Together//Alone exploring ways to creatively respond to adversity while supporting Northern Rivers artists, many of whom are facing serious income loss.
The Quad and Lismore Regional Gallery are offering paid opportunities for Northern Rivers artists across all art forms to develop a creative concept over a two week at-home ‘residency’ that includes a component that can be communicated via a digital platform. Artists do not need to present fully formed complete works, the emphasis is on the creative process and connection. Works will be shared via The Quad and Lismore Regional Gallery’s websites and social media channels.
Together//Alone asks Northern Rivers artists to creatively respond to the question: ‘How do we remain connected to community places from our homes?’
‘We ask that a component of artists’ projects can be shared digitally so that our community can connect and engage with the work; view it, sing along to it, dance to it, admire it, read it, be inspired by it, and feel a sense of connection with community,’ said The Quad Placemaking Officer Jane Fuller.
‘Together//Alone with The Quad and Lismore Regional Gallery is an opportunity for Northern Rivers artists to extend their creative practice from an isolated location and counteract the lack of access to our shared creative community gathering places of The Quad and Lismore Regional Gallery.’
‘We are redirecting the funds from Create NSW for The Gallery and The Quad’s cancelled public programs to Together//Alone so we can help support Northern Rivers artists directly during this time of hardship. The importance of the arts in responding to and helping us through these times cannot be underestimated. We’ve seen it already with Italians singing on balconies, the Australian Opera’s chorus singers performing in Sydney’s Waterloo, and an amazing suite of live streams of dance, music and writing coming from our artists. The Quad and Lismore Regional Gallery are committed to our wonderful Northern Rivers creatives and maintaining the vital connection with our community.’
Northern Rivers based artists working in all mediums are invited to apply to be part of Together//Alone, including, but not limited to: writers, musicians or other performance artists, sound and or multimedia artists, video, installation or performance artists, ceramicists, craft or textile artists, comedy, dance workshops, animations, experimental music, conversation and panels, ezine’s, photography, podcasts and more.
A minimum of five artists will be selected to participate in the first Together//Alone project (April – May 2020) with future programs to be considered. Expressions of interest will be considered by The Quad’s Placemaking Officer, Lismore Regional Gallery Director and Lismore Regional Gallery Learning Officer. Applications for the first project are open from Wednesday 15 April and close Friday 22 May 2020 via www.lismorequad.org.au. For more information or to discuss concepts artists are welcome to contact Jane Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together//Alone call out to all Northern Rivers Artists
The Quad and Lismore Regional Gallery are calling for creative responses to isolation with a digital component to be shared with our community.
Applications and more information at www.lismorequad.org.au.
Applications open Wednesday 15 April and close Friday 22 May 2020