Our artists, venues and producers are the very backbone of Adelaide Fringe. Without them, we wouldn't have a festival!
We believe in in supporting bold new ideas and encouraging individuals to take bold risks. In 2020, the Adelaide Fringe Artists Fund is giving over 90 thousand dollars to 12 projects that challenge, entertain, alter perspectives, push boundaries and bring the WOW to Fringe. Read more below.
2020 Artist Grant Recipients
Project: Wilbur the Optical Whale
'Wilburthe Optical Whale' by Karen Lee Roberts, is a fully immersive, interactive and accessible performance for children aged 3 – 8 years. Set in an exquisitely crafted underwater world, with themes of bullying and acceptance, this is an inclusive work designed to celebrate difference. Indelabilityarts is an artist led, disability Arts Company from Queensland. In this, our latest work, we are collaborating with Flipside Circus, Clint Bolster and Elise Greig to bring Wilbur to life. Incorporating stunning circus tricks, digital & visual imagery, tactile sensory play, integrated Auslan, music, and spoken word.
Project: Interactive Event No.33
Step inside and experience a journey of mystery and intrigue. You will be invited to dig around for historical treasures and discover the links between your guide and the people who once lived there.
Witness the secrets that dance in the shadows, and immerse yourself in the curious worlds of the inhabitants. This is an innovative installation and performance experience, full of surprises.
An extremely irreverent, darkly comic, solo theatre show that pierces the spin around the abortion debate. Weaving together personal stories, wild imaginings, games, quips, facts, animations and shadow puppetry, which ultimately culminate into one extremely large decision, this is the second in multi-award winning LanSchwarcz's "Trilogy of Unsellable Shows".
Project: The Soap Opera
The Soap Opera is an experimental electronic explosion of instruments unique to any show like it in Australia, evolving T.I.M.’s signature musical construction through activating inanimate objects to embody and operate music functionality. Incorporating electronic music, theatre, visuals, choreography and more, the new work draws inspiration from the life of the electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram; while the housewives of the 1950s were struggling with new-fangled washing machines and vacuum cleaners, Daphne was busy building and immersing herself in her own world of invention.
Project: The Art of Being Human
To support their Adelaide Fringe event The Art of Being Human which they first presented in 2019. The Art of Being Human is a platform to give artists and emerging artists who are experiencing homelessness, or vulnerability, an opportunity to display and perform their art in an environment where they are valued as artists.
2020 Producer Grant Recipients
Sanaa will replace its street festival with a South Australia regional tour during Adelaide Fringe to Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Pirie to run workshops and artist talks and aim to provide opportunity for regional students to interact with artists from cultures they would otherwise not have the opportunity to interact with.
In Adelaide, Sanaa will continue its mural, workshops, artist talks, fashion parade and poetry event.
Joanne is partnering with three production houses for as well as curating a full season at Noel Lothian Hall for 2020.
Highlights include Talk Is Free Theatre – an immersive site-specific theatre company presenting a theatrical walking experience, ‘The Curious Voyage’, and a first-nations story staged on a moving bus ‘Tales of an Urban Indian’.
2020 Venue Grant Recipients
The grant will be used to present South Australian artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who have never presented in the Fringe previously.
It will provide them with the support required to present shows and attract new audiences without the financial risk of venue hire and marketing.
The grant will be used to ignite a hub for Fringe acts in Murray Bridge and surrounding rural centres.
The Hall will expose Adelaide Fringe artists to a brand new rural audience who can experience the vibrancy of the Fringe without having to travel to Adelaide.
2020 George Street Residencies Recipients
Screen prints and sculptural installations. Bohunnis is a recent graduate from Flinders University. She has been awarded the David Hayden Professional Development Award, Watson Award, and Arts Excellence in Printmaking Award.
Painting, sculpture and installation. She is a recent graduate of University of South Australia.
Ceramics and sculpture. Gold is a recent graduate of University of South Australia. She has been awarded the Australian Ceramic Award and the South Australian School of Art Prize.
Want to help the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund support more amazing artists, producers and venues?
During Fringe, you can make a small donation when purchasing your tickets. Outside of Fringe season, you can donate here.
Banner Image: photographed by Tony Virgo. Event: Chasing Smoke, 2019 Artist Grant recipient