17 Dec, 2021

New partnerships to give city’s cultural scene new life

The City of Adelaide’s creative and cultural sector continues to thrive with almost $2 million in new projects and programs.

The City of Adelaide’s Cultural Strategic Partnerships represent an exciting and dynamic range of partner-led initiatives. Having received 24 applications, 10 high-quality partnerships have been selected:

GROUNDSWELL by Adelaide Festival will be an immersive, musical and accessible free public art installation in Rundle Mall, with a free public program presented at City Library

OUR STORIES by Adelaide Festival Centre Trust will deliver a series of free fireside sessions for young audiences, featuring experienced storytellers from diverse Aboriginal Language Groups

BLKMPIRE by Carclew will help the first artist in residence at Carclew’s new digital suite develop a series of digital and musical works, with audience collaboration and presentation opportunities across the City

OPEN STUDIO PROGRAM by ACE Open will see the City of Adelaide provide an emerging South Australian Artist with free studio space for 12 months, as well as invaluable professional development and mentorship opportunities

MCX HOTHOUSE by Mercury CX is a 12-week residency program for 3 emerging screen practitioners with a dedicated creative workspace and professional mentoring

MUSICIAN REHEARSAL RESIDENCY by Five Four Entertainment is a program for up to 4 emerging musicians or bands to learn and earn through live performance at Lion Arts Factory

PLACES, FACES AND MEMORIES by True Ability is a creative residency at the City Library and Community Centres for people with a lived experience of disability to develop creative responses about landmarks across the City

ART WORKS 2022 by Guildhouse is a dynamic 12-month program which creates opportunities for exhibitions and creative residencies in key City of Adelaide civic spaces

2022 ADELAIDE BIENNIAL OF ART CITY GALLERY by Art Gallery of South Australia is a presentation of artworks selected from across the Biennial exhibition on city streets, featuring additional interactive elements

THIS TREE IS A STORY by Slingsby will bring free public performances of world class theatre to City of Adelaide Community Centres, Libraries and streets

Each partnership will receive between $10,000 and $40,000 as part of the $200,000 City of Adelaide initiative, delivering more than $1.7 million in new projects and programs to the city in 2022.

Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor said the Cultural Strategic Partnerships are an important investment in the city’s artistic scene.

“Adelaide has a unique cultural identity with an acclaimed reputation for creativity. It is a place where art and artists are celebrated, helping to make Adelaide one of the most liveable cities in the world,” said the Lord Mayor.

“Adelaide’s rich cultural diversity enables us to experience and tell stories that reflect our contemporary and inclusive communities.

“This strategy presents an incredible return on investment, with council’s $200,000 helping facilitate more than $1.7 million in new projects. There is also strong evidence that arts and culture vastly improve health, resilience, wellbeing and economic outcomes for the city.

“Council will continue to support creativity and strong strategic partnerships that will help the cultural sectors to innovate, be courageous in meeting challenges and capitalise on new opportunities.”


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Jack Berketa