Performance Space’s Queer Development Program has been awarded a community grant by Lesbians Incorporated to support their program of developing and strengthening queer performance in Australia. The program provides opportunities for emerging LGBTQIA+ artists from across the nation to develop their creative skills, performance ideas and industry connections within a safe and supportive environment.
Part of the Queer Development Program, the Queer Workshop Intensive is a week-long program in which artists are led through a series of skills-building workshops by experienced LGBTQIA+ artist facilitators. Workshops introduce various methodologies for creating performance in a collaborative environment, focusing on sharpening participant’s creative and professional skills in addition to connecting them with an intergenerational community of facilitators. These facilitators provide diverse voices across the queer community and share their skills and experience in creating queer work.
Performance Space is Australia’s leading organisation for the development and presentation of experimental art. The organisation has placed artists at the centre of everything we do for over 35 years and has championed the work of female and feminist artists in addition to LGBTQIA+ artists from diverse backgrounds and artistic perspectives. Performance Space prides itself on being a supportive and safe space for queer artists to come together, share ideas, push boundaries and celebrate difference. Performance Space plays a unique role in the Australian arts ecology by nurturing works at each stage in a project’s life cycle. Throughout the year Performance Space delivers a range of development, residency and mentorship programs that support artists to extend their practice, test new ways of working and develop new works.