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QASP Arts Ignite - Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (JWCoCA) hosts a number of artists and organisations to develop new works.

The centre supported five creative development projects in 2018 under the Arts Queensland (AQ) funding stream Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) Arts Ignite – JWCoCA, which invests in performing arts projects from development to presentation by providing financial and venue support.

QASP – Arts Ignite – JWCoCA was developed in response to feedback from the arts sector and will help the centre play a larger role in supporting the sector to develop innovative new work.

A new round of creative development projects will take place at the JWCoCA in 2019.

Applications for this round have now closed and successful recipients will be announced soon.

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2018 projects

Babushka Collective

Babushka in Happily Ever After is a cabaret work designed to tour. 

Developed at JWCoCA: MayJune 2018.
Outcomes: Premiered at Redlands Performing Arts Centre for Queensland Cabaret Festival followed by a sold-out tour of regional Queensland of 20 communities and standing ovations at the Wonderland Festival. 2018 Matilda Award for Best Sound Design/Composition and nominated for Best Independent Production, Best Musical or Cabaret, and Best Costume Design.
More information here »

Circus Company 2

Le Coup is a circus performance that explores the rapid pace of contemporary society layered with issues of social class and gender.

Developed at JWCoCA: June 2018.
Outcomes: Show previewed at JWCoCA at end of creative development period. Premiered at Rockhampton River Festival in July 2018 and wowed audiences at Valley Fiesta in August and Woodford Folk Festival in December. Prospective two-month international tour in 2019, including Edinburgh Fringe and London Wonderground. The company is also in conversations for a 2020 national tour with regional venues and the Sydney Opera House.
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The Good Room

I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You is a new theatre work that will be created with young collaborators aged 9 to 14 years.

Developed at JWCoCA: July–September 2018 (staggered creative development period).
Outcomes: Represented by peak national independent touring agency Critical Stages and performed over five days of the 2018 Brisbane Festival to sell-out audiences to critical and popular acclaim. The Good Room is consulting with the Australian Theatre for Young People, Performing Arts Exchange, and ArTour Queensland Touring Showcase, and the project is attracting strong interest from venues from across the country and internationally to present the work in 2020 and beyond.  
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Image credit: Stephen Henry

Angela Chaplin

IF ONLY I COULD... explores the process of ageing and combines contemporary and ballroom dance performed by emerging, established and elderly dancers.

Developed at JWCoCA: October–November 2018.
Outcomes: Received overwhelmingly positive response to first showing at JWCoCA. The project has been accepted to pitch to national and international producers at Dance Massive in Melbourne in 2019 and is in conversations with several potential producers. Lutheran Services has committed to ongoing support of the project and the Queensland Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors has provided opportunities for future funding.
Media story here »

The Farm

Depthless is a live music and dance-theatre work exploring gender roles.

Developed at JWCoCA: November–December 2018.
Outcomes: The creative development culminated in three performances at JWCoCA in late 2018. The project has the potential to tour regionally through a partnership with ArTour.
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