Visual art/ new media/ performance workshops throughout Toowoomba Region with Youth Connect, in March. We delivered eight free workshops for children and teenagers in collaboration with theGRID: hybrid arts collective, Oh Darling Downs! and D for Drama …
Interactive installation at Move Mountains Music + Art Festival, February 2012.
MARS will be building on the knowledge, connections and projects collected in its debut year with an extension of its MARSexplores series in 2012.
MARS is also part of theGRID: Hybrid arts collective and will be delivering 36 youth art workshopa across the Toowoomba Region in 2012.
Monthly skill-share sessions will feature local specialists introducing people to their practice over the course of two hours on a weeknight.
For details or to commission a MARS workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org
M A R S is dedicated to stimulating Toowoomba’s cultural scene in 2011. MARS Explores is a five-part development series that is aimed at upskilling and unifying local creatives. From those yet to exhibit, to artists who are out and about but could do with some insider tips, MARS Explores should have something for everyone …
Have a look, dribble a bit and then get in touch pronto.
Spaces are limited so its first in best dressed.
Proud recipients of funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, MARS can offer this series to you for diddly squat … free.
That is the best local brains, your’s for the picking and all it will cost you is a few hours away from the box.
Come and fill your head …
MARS Explores 1: Art as Income - You are Your Business
Development workshop with nationally reknowned Toowoomba-based artist, Damien Kamholtz:
Learn how to approach your practise as a small business and all the varied avenues this may lead you down. Damien Kamholtz is an award winning Australian artist and director of Play on Play - a business focussed on artistic, explorative education for children and creative community projects.
(image : DOGS PRAY IN THE SHAPE OF BOATS by Damien Kamholtz 2011)
APR: 27:6 -9pm ___ DONE DONE DONE
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MARS Explores 2: Creative Economy - Competition vs. Collaboration
Development workshop with Lewis Jones, artistic director @ Empire Theatre
Lewis Jones works to establish professional practice for emerging and established artists through his work as Artistic Director at Toowoomba’s iconic, Empire Theatre. On top of enlisting the best from ET’s some 700 volunteers, Lewis oversees all aspects of getting a production made and experienced from: audience development, schools outreach, networking and creating connections to empowering and diversifying programming. ‘I keep thinking about what Alan Brown, arts researcher said in a recent Long Paddock keynote,” Lewis said in an 2010 artilce http://actorsgreenroom.net/archives/2484) ” - the best audience development tool you have is participation, work that’s created with regional sensibilities. I want to expand the core of what we already have here in the region.
MAY: 24: 6pm - 9pm
MARS Explores 3: Behind the scenes - your art from a gallery’s POV
Development workshop with made.creative space + others TBC:
made. creative space opened to an impressive crowd of over 140 people when it launched in Toowoomba earlier this year. Director’s Elysha Gould and Alex Isaacson have knowledge and experience beyond their years and two months in, are gathering some momentum for their Margaret Street Gallery with an average walk-in rate of 30 people per day - no mean feat for an art gallery, upstairs and out of view in tradtitionally hesitant Toowoomba.
Alex and Elysha will discuss topics including what artists can expect of a gallery, what galleries expect of artists and how to submit successful exhibition applications.
(image courtesy of http://toowoomba.finda.com.au)
AUG: 23: 6pm - 9pm
MARS Explores 4: Word Up: riding the net to your advantage
Development workshop with The Chronicle + Post box:
Elouise Quinlivan started out writing in her bedroom about Toowoomba’s live music scene (the POST BOX) just on two years ago. She’s since exploded into a zine distribution business, regularly travels the East Coast presenting at forums and hunting out the goods and has recently opened Smells Like Zines shop, upstairs on Margaret Street near Cafe Forte. She knows about self-publishing and all the weird and wonderful ways to catch the attention of those that can read …
(image courtesy of http://smellslikezines.com/)
SEPT 28: 6pm - 9pm
MARS Explores 5: Show me the money: find funding for your art
Development workshop with Rachel Price
As co-director of Play on Play with husband, Damien Kamholtz, and talented creative in her own right, Rachel has great knowledge on how to not only find funding for all sorts of arts’ practise, she also knows
how to lodge that winning application.
Play on Play is a local business designed to nuture,
celebrate and support the bold and candid creativity
innate in all children. Pop in the Box, Toowoomba’s first
and only exclusive children’s gallery on Ruthven and
Russell streets is the result of collaboration between
Play on Play and Kath Dickson Family Centre.
(image courtesy of http://www.kathdicksoncentre.com.au/pop_in_the_box_gallery)
Nov 23 6pm - 9pm
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Toowoomba Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
For more information on them and they’re generous money-giving ways - check out: