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CALL FOR PROPOSALS | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

CALL FOR PROPOSALS MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

Mad Dance Festival is back! After the success of the 2021 festival, Metro Arts and Mad Dance House are joining forces once again to present the second iteration of the Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s diverse street dance scene.

The festival is an opportunity to showcase the world-class street dance artists right here in Brisbane and across Australia. B-boys, poppers and lockers, and hip-hop heavy-weights are taking over Metro Arts for an unmissable 2-week line-up of performances, creative developments, battles, workshops, artist talks and activations.

We want you to help us continue to build and celebrate the thriving street dance community in Queensland!

There are two categories to apply for:
 
1. Full Length Work

For Full-Length Works there is one place available. We are seeking work that is performance ready, possibly having already gone through various development phases. This is an opportunity for artists to showcase new and exciting work.

The artist/group will receive:

• Headliner performance position in the Festival
• $12,000 cash artist fee
• 3 x performances at Mad Dance Festival in Metro Arts’ New Benner Theatre
• 24 hours (3 days) Rehearsal time at Metro Arts Studios
• 70 hours (10 days) Rehearsal time at Mad Dance House
• 7.5 hours (1 day) dedicated tech session including dress rehearsal
• Lighting Designer, to design a shared lighting rig
• Metro Arts Stage Manager/ Operator provided
• Metro Arts & Mad Dance House marketing support

Who Should Apply?
Experienced dancers, or dance groups, who have a work in progress near to completion, or a completed work ready for showing. Works that will be performed for the first time at Mad Dance Festival and completed works that have been performed at other events and festivals are all eligible for consideration.

 
2. Creative Development

For Creative Development Showings there are four places available. Artists are invited to begin early development of a new project. Provided with dedicated space and a public showing as a part of the Festival line up, this is an opportunity for artists to explore forms, themes and new ideas. 8-30 hours of rehearsal time can be made available to Creative Development recipients through negotiation with Mad Dance House.

The artist/group will receive:

• $2,500 cash contribution
• 1x 20 – 30 minute showing at Mad Dance Festival in Metro Arts Studios
• 8-30 hours (4 days) Rehearsal time at Mad Dance House
• 3 hours rehearsal time at Metro Arts Studios
• 2-hour dedicated tech session, plus dress run prior to performance
• Venue-standard lighting and sound rig provided
• Metro Arts venue manager/operator provided
• Metro Arts and Mad Dance House marketing support

Who Should Apply?
Any dancer or group of dancers with a background, or experience, in street dance. This can include hip-hop, breakdance, waacking, ballroom, Afrobeat, locking and popping and anything else that falls under the umbrella of street dance. Performers do not need to be formally-trained nor have previous public experience. If street-dance is your thing and you’re looking for a platform for your work, please apply!

KEY DATES:

Applications open:
Monday 24 January, 9:00am / AEST

Applications close:
Sunday 13 February 2022, 11:59pm / AEST


HOW TO APPLY: 

Application Guide: Download / view the application guide here.

Online Application Form: The link to the online application form can be found in the application guide.

Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life by Amy Zhang, 2021.
Image by Alex Vincent.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | MAVA PATHFINDERS

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | MAVA PATHFINDERS

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
2022 METRO ARTS VISUAL ARTS (MAVA) – MAVA PATHFINDERS

Metro Arts is thrilled to offer ‘MAVA Pathfinders’, a rare and well-supported opportunity for artists to explore new ways forward in their career.

Ensuring a strong local independent sector of artists, MAVA Pathfinders will support three Queensland, mid-career visual artists to explore new opportunities, and to purposefully harness their potential to build more sustainable careers.

Included in the Program:

A 12-month artist residency (May 2022 – May 2023) at the MAVA Substation which includes:

  • 24/7 access to the secured MAVA Pathfinder studio;
  • Access to the new and fully equipped workshop;
  • Salary $50,700 per annum pro rata (0.6 FTE) + statutory super;
  • Material budget of $5,000 (per artist);
  • Support from the Metro Arts team and broader network that might include but not be limited to:
    • Curatorial
    • Marketing
    • Financial
    • Business development
    • Technical; and
    • Access to Metro Arts’ local, national, and international networks.

MAVA Pathfinders FAQ’s:

 

QUESTION: The Call for Proposal document outlines that the MAVA Pathfinder artists are required to be in the MAVA Pathfinder studio a minimum of 3 days/wk (22.5hrs) for the duration of the program.

What happens if I can’t do all the 22.5 hours every week or have to travel for work or holidays? Is this requirement flexible?

ANSWER: Yes, there is flexibility. Each artists’ schedule will be negotiated between Metro Arts and the artist prior to signing off on the contract.

QUESTION: Do the 3 days/wk (22.5hrs) in the studio need to all fall within weekday business hours?

ANSWER: No, but a minimum of 10 hrs/wk must.

QUESTION: Is the Pathfinder shared studio space secure?

ANSWER: Yes. The studio is NOT for public access. Only the 3 MAVA Pathfinder artists and key Metro Arts staff will have security access to the studio. There will also be individual lockable storage for each artist in the studio.

QUESTION: Does being ‘employed’ by Metro Arts mean I’m an employee and therefore entitled to sick leave, holidays, etc..      

ANSWER: Yes.

QUESTION: What does Metro Arts define as a ‘mid-career artist’?           

ANSWER: Metro Arts define ‘mid-career’ as an artist who has been practicing professionally for 5 – 10 years. If you’re not sure whether you’re mid-career, contact the program facilitator, Jenna Green – jenna@metroarts.com.au – to discuss further.

KEY DATES:

Applications open:
Friday 17 December 2021, 9:00am AEST

Applications close:
Wednesday 23 February 2022, 11:59pm AEST

HOW TO APPLY: 

Application Guide: Download / view the application guide here.

Online Application Form: 
The link to the online application form can be found in the application guide. You can preview the online application form here

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS :

Jenna Green (Producer – Special Initiatives) will be available for 15 minute individual consultations to discuss applications:

To book an individual call, email jenna@metroarts.com.au and specify your preferred date / time option.

 

Image: Sarah Poulgrain, 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Metro Arts Visual Arts (MAVA) Substation is supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

METRO ARTS AT WEST END

METRO ARTS AT WEST END

Bringing West End its first live theatre in 25 years, Metro Arts is now officially open in West Village. 

Kicking off with a bang, the remaining 2020 season features premiere performances, provocative productions, installations and exhibitions.

The new purpose-built precinct features an underground theatre, two galleries, two rehearsal rooms and the Factory Lane outdoor precinct which encompasses the foyer, box office, café and bar.

Specialising in the development of new work, Metro Arts champions artists taking risks, creating, developing, experimenting, and presenting ambitious contemporary work.

This new hub in West End’s diverse community will be THE place in Brisbane to experience the work of contemporary artists with a year-round program of innovative theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and visual art.

GALLERY

The Gallery is host to Metro Arts’ Exhibitions program and selection is via an annual Call for Proposals. There are limited opportunities to hire this venue.

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NEW BENNER THEATRE

The New Benner Theatre is programmed through an annual Call for Proposals. There are limited opportunities to hire this venue for activities that do not have a public outcome.

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