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In Cahoots: COVID isn’t stopping creative Canberrans

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In a year where performing to a large audience live and in-person has been largely impossible, our arts communities are feeling the sting.

Gone are their opportunities to earn a living, showcase their creativity, or even support their own favourites.

But there have been pockets of hope among the endless cancellations.

Canberra’s long-running You Are Here festival has been quietly fostering a thriving program of homegrown talent over the last few months through generous grants to members of Canberra’s arts community.

Named the Cahoots program, the grants allow local creatives to grow their work throughout COVID—work that will be showcased as part of a special program next month.

“In Cahoots, we’re working with artists who have ambitious goals for their practice and the work they want to create,” explains You Are Here Creative Producer Ketura Budd. “You Are Here is striving to engage with artists as they experiment with form and content over multiple years and multiple iterations of their work.”

“In September, You Are Here is inviting audiences to come along and experience the process of making right alongside the artists. The chance to receive live feedback from audiences is hugely beneficial to the artist’s development.”

Cahoots artist Brett Hoppenbrouwer.

Over three weekends and three locations—Tuggeranong, Belconnen, and Braddon—works will be presented from 2020 Cahoots artists Sam Andrews, Deb Cleland (feature image), Michele Grimston, Emma Hartley, Brett Hoppenbrouwer, Ellie Malbon, Zora Pang and Lillian Paterson.

Cahoots is not just an investment in Canberra’s creative scene, but in our cultural future, says You Are Here Creative Producer Nick Delatovic.

“We want people all over Canberra to engage with our artists and provide them with feedback about what they do,” says Nick.

“We would love to reach Canberrans who may not have experienced experimental artwork before. We’ve learned that the most exciting time to experience an artwork can be in its raw unfinished state, and we know the public has an extremely valuable contribution to make to our artist’s futures.”

Cahoots artist Ellie Malbon.

But wait, there’s more.

In addition to the Cahoots artists, You Are Here’s September program will also feature works from the Cahoots class of 2019, with works by Sia Ahmad, Zhi Yi Cham, Claire Granata, Ben Drury, Nicci Haynes, and Hannah de Feyter.

THE ESSENTIALS 

What: You Are Here’s Cahoots 2020 creative program
When + Where: 12 September at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 19 September at Belconnen Arts Centre and 26-27 September at Braddon’s Haig Park and Pop Canberra
Cost: All events are free and socially distanced, some require bookings. Most events are in accessible venues.
More information: youareherecanberra.com.au

 

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