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Platform Arts announces new opportunities for early-career Greater Geelong Artists

Posted 16 April 2021


● Platform LAB offers four early-career artists $5000 each plus studio space and professional development
● Online applications close May 03

Contemporary arts organisation Platform Arts in Djilang/Geelong is seeking expressions of interest for their second iteration of Platform LAB, the organisation’s flagship artist development program aimed at increasing the industry expertise and live presentation outcomes for artists.

Platform LAB offers time, studio and rehearsal space, industry mentorship and financial investment for up to four early-career artists or collectives to undertake new works, research, experiments and collaboration. Platform Arts invites artists across all disciplines, from visual art, performance makers, sound/lighting designers, writers and interdisciplinary artists to apply for a seven-month residency, receiving $5000 cash and ongoing support from industry professionals.

“This second iteration of Platform LAB supports artists to develop new modes of
presentation and deliver outcomes at Platform Arts and through connected festival
programs. We are seeking proposals for ambitious, experimental works from some of our
region’s most exciting new artists.” ILANA RUSSELL (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PLATFORM

The program will support four early career artists through a 7-month residency that contributes over $30,000 to their professional and creative development, culminating in new artistic works to be presented locally and toured at national festivals, venues and events.

Funded through Creative Victoria’s Strategic Investment Fund, this capacity-building initiative is open across all contemporary arts disciplines, whereby four individual artists or collectives will be selected to each receive $5,000 to create and present new works at Platform Arts and partner events.

Participants will also receive tailored mentoring, in-kind venue support, and industry-led intensive workshops aimed at improving the sustainability of their arts practice.

Artists aged 18-26 are able to apply for the LAB program via an online form on the Platform
Arts website. Applications close Monday May 03.

Programs like Platform LAB would not be possible without the generous and on-going support from the City of Greater Geelong. We are so grateful for their assistance to be able to provide this level of financial and practice-based support to young artists in our region.

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