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After 12 years, 34 national tours, two developments, seven international tours and over 1,000 performances reaching 85,000 audience members, the Mobile States national touring initiative concludes at the end of 2016.
Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and managed by Performing Lines, the Mobile States initiative has proven to be one of the most impactful success stories for the small to medium and independent performing arts sector in Australia, having significantly increased touring opportunities for contemporary works and expanded the national profile and audience for contemporary performance.
Since its commencement in 2004, its success has been underpinned by the commitment and investment of the Mobile States consortium members:
Arts House, Melbourne
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane
Performance Space, Sydney
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth
Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
While the formal initiative concludes at the end of this year, we are keen to explore avenues for ongoing collaboration, leadership and pro-active engagement in the development of new contemporary practice by independent artists.
“Building on the strengths of Mobile States’ experience of touring and developing experimental performance over more than a decade, we welcome an open discussion with colleagues across the country on how we can create and build a developing, commissioning and presenting network that’s fit for purpose for the next decade,” said Angharad Wynne-Jones, Creative Producer at Arts House and Chair of Mobile States.
This new approach is being successfully implemented through the last Mobile States projects to be supported: the creative development of two new interdisciplinary works, Aeon by Lz Dunn and collaborators, and Crawl Me Blood by Halcyon MacLeod and Willoh S Weiland, both works that will have presentation opportunities in 2017.
The Mobile States consortium members will next meet on 3 September 2016 during Adhocracy, Vitalstatistix’ hothouse for artists which will also include a residency and showing of Aeon.
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