Solidarity Projects Series
Our response to COVID-19
The Solidarity Projects Series is our way of providing financial support for independent artists during a period where restrictions on public gatherings resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have left most artists without work.
The Series was born from a call-out for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) distributed via social media. The call-out allowed artists to come to us with ideas on ways they could keep creating and/or up-skill during the era of social distancing.
EOIs would outline how we could support artists to realise art that might be ‘burning to get out of them’, or how we could be a means through which they engage with other artists to get through this time safely – in Solidarity.
From the EOIs we received, we selected the following projects to support.
Yirra Play Club
The Yirra Play Club is a virtual space to read and discuss plays!
We are hosting a series of play reading sessions. Each session will be facilitated by a different member of the Club, who will pick a play and run a reading of it. Readings will be followed by a discussion of the work.
Participants may contribute to the readings and discussions of plays as much or as little as they like.
The Yirra Play Club will be an ongoing project for the foreseeable future. We aim to expand it nationally and even internationally as we establish healthy and appropriate ways to connect as restrictions ease.
Frequency Fortnightly on Wednesdays
Time 6pm start, AWST (our Artistic Director, Eva, and Producer, Elinor, will be hanging out in the Zoom room from 5.30pm each fortnight, so you’re welcome to log in and yarn with them from then)
Duration Approximately 2 hours
Open to Everyone (capped at 20 participants)
Date Wednesday 3 June, 2020
Facilitated by Chelinay Gates
Play The Drovers Wife by Leah PurcellRSVP for Session 2 by emailing our Producer
Date Wednesday 20 May, 2020
Facilitated by Yirra Yaakin Artistic Director, Eva Grace Mullaley
Play Casting Doubts by Maryanne Sam
RSVPs for Session 1 are now closed.
More projects will be listed here soon.
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