Local frontrunners in supporting emerging artists as they explore experimental and contemporary practice, Courthouse Youth Arts have launched a new Creative Development Program which introduces an ongoing initiative for up-and-coming artists to produce original, innovative performance art for the Geelong region.
Created due to the lack of opportunities for young performance makers in Geelong, the first round of successful applicants for the Creative Development Program have been announced, and include some of our region’s most exciting new contemporary voices: Kate Speakman, Louise Richardson and James Jackson.
From an ensemble performance exploring the future of space exploration and climate change; a solo work that is an ode to grief and loss; to a makeshift United Nations’ assembly where performers and audience try to fix the future – these are the projects that will be developed at CHYA between August and November. Artists will receive in-kind venue hire, marketing and producing support, and the potential for their work to be presented in 2020.
The Creative Development Program is a new initiative as part of CHYA’s expansion into contemporary and experimental performance, building on the organisation’s strong reputation for visual arts, exhibitions, creative residencies and programs to support young emerging artists.