Adelaide Fringe Team Up With SA Arts Organisations In New Initiative

Published: Wed, Oct 27 2021
Posted in Media Releases, General
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Committed to strengthening collaboration across the arts sector, Adelaide Fringe have announced their Arts Industry Collaborations. With generous support from the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation, this initiative will see Adelaide Fringe partner with a range of South Australian arts organisations.

The Adelaide Fringe Arts Industry Collaborations will provide ongoing support to artists through residencies, space rentals, grants, workshops and more. By combining resources, Adelaide Fringe will assist in nurturing and creating connectivity between organisations while supporting a future of sustainable careers in the arts.

Adelaide Fringe CEO and Director Heather Croall explains that “it is so important to create funded opportunities like these in the arts right now.”

“The sector has been decimated by COVID and thanks to the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation, this new Adelaide Fringe initiative will support collaborations between arts organisations and spark some exciting industry outcomes,” she explains.

The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation Executive Director, Kerry de Lorme says “We are pleased to be working together with the Adelaide Fringe to support some of South Australia’s emerging and established arts organisations; to further develop skills and build pathways for artists. It is also a great opportunity for audiences to engage with new art forms and ideas.” 

Following the success of past residencies, the initiative will see continued partnerships with George Street Studios and The Mill. George Street Director Tony Rosella says the collaboration provides support for emerging artists to realise their visions and develop new work in a creative and supportive environment.

“Since our partnership with Fringe commenced in 2020, George Street has supported five artists with eight-month residencies which include mentoring, access to specialised space, machinery and technical skills,” he says.

Adelaide Fringe are pleased to announce that a further seven organisations will join the initiative at this time, including Patch Theatre, Adelaide Youth Orchestras, Vitalstatistix and Aboriginal Family Support Services with Tipu.

ActNow is joining the initiative with an Artist in Residence program to support emerging artists from BIPOC and Queer communities in and around Adelaide.

“We are thrilled to work with the Adelaide Fringe to create a residency which will highlight diverse voices, enriching Australia’s theatre scene and provide exciting, emerging artists with the platform to reach new audiences,” says Yasmin Gurreeboo, ActNow Co-CEO and Artistic Director.

Adelaide Fringe CEO and Director Heather Croall adds that “we will be able to back a diverse range of artists in this program, especially those who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and/or First Nations Australian, BIPOC, LGBTIQ+ and those with a lived experience of disability.”

The Adelaide Fringe Arts Industry Collaborations begin next month, with projects continuing into 2023.

2022 Adelaide Fringe will run from February 18 to March 20. For further information on the Adelaide Fringe Arts Industry Collaborations click here.