Ralph Indie 2019: The Artists

Monday, 11 November 2019

The Ralph Indie Development Residency Program at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres (A+G) supports ACT based (or ACT connected artists) in the development of original performance works. We encourage risk taking and a multi-disciplinary approach to performance making, where all artistic disciplines are broadly considered including theatre, dance, physical theatre and circus, literature, music, film, visual arts and design, as well as community engagement.

This year the program has focused on creating an opportunity for professional mentorship for performance making artists in the development of new works or ideas. Selecting an appropriate mentor who has the right match of skills and experience to help guide the developing project and support the artist is essential for the success of new work.

Participation in the program was through application, interview, and selection by A+G staff.

In November and December 2019, A + G has selected 2 projects as part the Ralph Indie Development Program. Playwright, Director and Producer Cathy Petocz will be installed on the old phone booth at Gorman Arts Centre from 12 – 22 November, to develop on her script Hired Mother. Hired Mother is a three-act surreal, near-future drama about mother-daughter relationships. The play is vividly theatrical and set in Canberra, embodying both the spirit of the APS and the threat of the surrounding bush. Cathy will be mentored by Jennifer Medway, dramaturg and Melbourne Theatre Company’s Literary Associate. As part of her residency Cathy will be conducting interviews with the public on Saturday 16 November, book in a session time here.

Theatre -maker, Musician and Director Emma McManus and Scientist David McManus will be working in the Ralph Wilson Theatre 9 – 15 December.

A sibling collaboration between a physicist and an artist, The Waves is an interdisciplinary performance combining the discovery of gravitational waves, queer theory and the biography of Virginia Woolf alongside personal family narratives to create a case for intergenerational thinking and imagine a utopian queer future. Emma will be mentored by Emma Valente of Melbourne- based award- winning company The Rabble.

Future Ralph Indie Development Residencies:

If you have project or idea that you would like to develop in 2020 please get in contact with us. We are very interested in having as many creative conversations as possible with artists at any stage of their practice from emerging to established.

Please contact Creative Producer Rochelle Whyte at rochelle@agac.com.au or call on (02) 6182 0004.

LGBTIQ artists, artists identifying with having a disability, artists from a linguistically diverse background, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander artists are particularly encouraged to apply.

If you would like this information in an alternative accessible formats, please contact enquiry@agac.com.au or phone on 6182 0000 (six one eight two zero zero zero zero).

The Ralph Indie Development Residency Program is proudly supported by JWLand.