Creative Sparks Program 2020 grant recipients
The following Creative Sparks grants projects were approved in June 2020.
Successful grant recipients receive funding to implement creative projects, develop a professional practice or foster creative entrepreneurial partnerships with Brisbane artists and cultural workers.
Note: Due to the impacts of Coronavirus, some projects may be impacted and subject to change.
The Mad Hatter's Festival 2020
The project will support the presentation of a positive event showcasing the abilities and achievements of artists living with mental health issues, titled 'The Mad Hatter's Festival'. The project will include an art exhibition, photograph workshops, public forum, and a public art trail.
Brian Lucas (auspiced by Blue Roo Theatre Company Inc.)
The project will support the development and presentation of a theatre work, titled 'Boss', at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre's Cremorne Theatre. The project supports an emerging artist living with a disability and will explore universal expressions of what it is to be human.
Brisbane Podcasting Centre
Brisbane Writers Group
The project will support the development and presentation of a series of podcasts containing short stories by five Brisbane-based writers. The podcasts will be broadcast on the Community Radio Network, Visually Impaired Radio Network and Radio for Print Handicap Network in Brisbane and in regional areas.
Dead Puppet Society
The project will support the development of a new theatre work based on Herman Melville's 1851 novel 'Moby-Dick'; or 'The Whale'. This classic story of humanity's relationship with the natural world will be reimagined for young audiences and have its premier season as part of Brisbane Festival 2020.
Ethnic Broadcasting Association of Queensland Limited
Music Masala, A Spicy Blend of Music and Life
The project will support the development and presentation of music and video content showcasing the talent and diversity of Brisbane's multicultural musicians. The original music recordings will be released digitally and broadcast on Brisbane local radio 4EB and via Community Radio Network and Australia Music Radio Airplay Project.
HM Fairbairn & HS Manché & K Wild
Hive's Unbridled season
The project will support the development and presentation of a season of Queensland premieres of three plays by Australian women at Metro Arts. The Hive Collective is a Brisbane-based group of directors producing independent theatre seen through the female lens.
The Telling Machine
The project will support the development and presentation of a theatrical installation for intergenerational audiences which is part theatre, part radio play and part game, titled 'The Telling Machine'. The work will invite audiences to experience an immersive storytelling machine at its premier season as part of Brisbane Festival 2020.
The project will support the development and presentation of a new fashion collection which celebrates Brisbane's iconic landmarks and culture. The clothing line named 'Gumnut' is designed for young people and will use modern and humorous print designs connecting Brisbane communities to the culture and places of their city.
Valuing the Environment in Practice
The project will support the development and presentation of an artwork with sustainability focused outcomes. Brisbane artists working with design studio Five Mile Radius will deliver a collaboration involving knowledge exchanges, site visits to local suppliers and studio critiques to produce a public exhibition.
The project supports the development of an immersive theatre work, titled 'Site'. A scripted, narrative-driven work exploring new and diverse stories reflecting on the identities of everyday Australians.
A Hop & A Skip, Co-op Popup
The project will support the presentation of a pop-up shop showcasing a range of Brisbane-based independent fashion and accessories designers. The designers work with local production, sustainable practices and have a uniquely Brisbane aesthetic.
Leanne McIntyre (auspiced by Flying Arts Alliance Incorporated)
The project will support the presentation of an exhibition, workshops, a walking tour and projections of artworks at the Walter Taylor designed Graceville Uniting Church and Hall. The project will raise awareness of the contribution of the local Indigenous community to the area by profiling contemporary Indigenous artists.
Little Match Productions Limited
Once Upon A Time...The Magic Flute
The project will support the development and presentation of a new English-language performance of 'Once Upon a Time...The Magic Flute'. This adaptation of Mozart's masterpiece was created by Brisbane-based director and playwright Heather Fairbairn and is designed for young audiences aged three to eight years.
The project will support the presentation of a multidisciplinary arts festival for young and emerging artists at the Old Museum. The festival will include workshops, masterclasses, activities, panels and special performances specifically catered to young and independent artists in Brisbane.
Writing Mona Ryder
The project will support the commissioning of six female contemporary writers to produce critical essays examining 40 years of creative practice of Brisbane based visual artist Mona Ryder. The essays will be published online on a range of social media platforms.
Rear View Mirror
The project will support the development and presentation of a short film, titled 'Rear View Mirror. The short film along with its associated feature film script will be used to pitch to market and help up-skill short film filmmakers into feature film filmmakers.
Outer Space Artist Run Initiative Incorporated
Emerging Artists and Art Workers Professional Development Program
The project will support the development and presentation of professional development workshops to benefit early-career creatives and enrich Brisbane's creative ecology. The workshops will be documented and developed into a public resource available on Outer Space's website.
Queensland Film Festival
Brisbane Mentorship and Capacity Building: Malena Szlam and Sancintya Mohini Simpson
The project supports the development and presentation of a new video work, titled 'Burn'. Sancintya Mohini Simpson will receive mentorship from internationally recognised filmmaker Malena Szlam to produce her new work exploring the complex histories of sugar-cane production.
Popsart Conversations from the edge of creativity Brisbane
The project will support the presentation of a professional development training program in broadcast journalism for social media aimed at developing new audiences for Brisbane's creative sector. The project will partner with Brisbane arts and cultural organisations La Boite Theatre, 4ZZZ Community Radio and the Institute of Modern Art.
Tayla Jay Haggarty
The project will support the development and presentation of a solo exhibition of new artwork by emerging contemporary artist Tayla Jay Haggarty. Tayla Jay was the recipient of the Jeremy Hynes Award 2019, presented by Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art for a risk-taking Queensland artist in the early stages of their career.
The Good Room (auspiced by Major Brisbane Festivals Pty Ltd)
Let's Be Friends Furever
The project will support the development of a theatre work, titled 'Let's be Friends Furever, which will have its premier season as part of Brisbane Festival 2021. This homage to man's best friend is an exploration of the indelible relationship between pet and person and how we imprint on those furry creatures we love most.
UPLIT Association Inc.
Queensland Children's Book Immersive Performance
The project will support the development and presentation of a multi-disciplinary performance work adapting a Queensland children's book for the popular Word Play program. Brisbane Writers Festival's partnership with Backbone Youths Arts will harness the energy and innovative nature of Brisbane’s next generation of artists.
Vulcana Womens Circus Inc
Over the Back Fence
The project will support the development and presentation of a site specific circus work involving local business and diverse community members. The finished product will tour a range of local sites across Brisbane's Morningside area.