2020. A deceptively auspicious sounding year that has been anything but. 2020 has been upheaval en masse and we find ourselves in the epicentre of a profound paradigm shift.
Artists have an opportunity to capture this extraordinary moment in time through their art and experiment with new ways of working, new forms and thinking outside the box in terms of modes of delivery.
Horizon Festival, supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), is calling for submissions from Sunshine Coast-based artists to create new projects and/or work as part of Homegrown – a new initiative developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Homegrown aims to support the region’s local artists to develop and present work across all art forms – music, visual arts, dance, theatre, film, comedy, words + ideas, film, interdisciplinary – that specifically respond to 2020 and the extraordinary times in which we find ourselves. Find out more about applying here.
Over three months, Homegrown will see six new works commissioned from local artists. June's works were Plastic Belly; a contemporary dance performance by Sunshine Coast-based choreographer Courtney Scheu and visual artist Itamar Freed, and What Now, a film-based project by Timothy Birch following the journey of three humans on the Sunshine Coast during this abnormal period.
July's works were Parametric; an interactive digital artwork that investigates our individual and collective emotional state in a post isolated world to create unique pieces of art, and Love Note to the Landscape; a celebration of plein air artwork, created in three iconic Sunshine Coast locations.
August's works are Trace; a short-film featuring James Muller's signature large-scale projections onto the ocean at Mooloolaba Beach, and Transience; created by artists Glen Manning and Kathy Daly, a short-film of their signature etchings on the sand of our spectacular Sunshine Coast Beaches, exploring our connection with the marine and coastal landscapes through the synergy of art and movement.
Homegrown is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.