NORPA TO HELP PROVIDE PATHWAY FOR ABORIGINAL LEADERSHIP IN THE ARTS
State Member for Lismore, Hon Thomas George today announced that Arts NSW has selected NORPA to participate in a new initiative providing the opportunity for a mid-career Aboriginal artist to work with the theatre company for one year.
“I am proud NORPA has won funding in this latest round which was one of only nine chosen in NSW. The creative industries play in a vital role in providing employment and economic development in the Northern Rivers region. The NSW Liberals & National’s Government is committed to fostering greater collaboration between the Aboriginal arts community and the wider sector in the State, as well as enabling greater job creation and sustainability for Aboriginal arts leaders,” Thomas George said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said the nine recipients of this funding round have a track record of success in their artistic fields.
“There was an amazing number of high-quality applicants for this latest round of funding, which demonstrates the quality of our Aboriginal arts and cultural sector,” Mr Grant said. “This funding is part of the NSW Government’s Create in NSW framework, which guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector with and for the people of the State.”
The artist will work closely with NORPA’s Artistic Director Julian Louis across a wide range of creative endeavours including developing the company’s youth workshop program, assisting with the programming of shows presented by NORPA in its annual season and increasing community engagement. The artist will also work closely with established theatre practitioners such as Rhoda Roberts and choreogragher Frances Rings on NORPA’s new Australian theatre work Three Brothers.
“My own career was shaped by my experiences working with companies such as ATYP in Sydney,” said NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis. “I feel NORPA in is a strong position to offer someone the opportunity to explore their creative practice and develop their skills. Likewise, NORPA and our audiences will benefit hugely from the artist’s ideas, energy and artistic input.”
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to have a mid-career Aboriginal artist work with NORPA to explore new creative development opportunities and for the artist to hone their craft with a leading theatre company that shapes contemporary Australian performance from regional Australia,” said NORPA General Manager Patrick Healey.
NORPA will announce details of the selection process for the Aboriginal artist in the near future with the goal of filling the one-year term position by 1 November 2015.