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Young artists wanted for ‘Splendid’ opportunity

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SPLENDOUR In The Grass is looking for the next generation of ‘fearless’ young and emerging artists to participate in its 2010 program.

The ‘Splendid’ program affords artists an opportunity to develop their critical thinking and experimentation in an intensive two-week residential arts lab in Lismore as well as having the opportunity to premiere the new work that is collaborative and cross art form at Splendour in the Grass 2011 – one of Australia’s largest music, arts and youth festivals.

A combined initiative of Lismore Regional Gallery, the Australia Council for the Arts and Splendour in the Grass, the challenge is extended to Splendid artists to create cutting-edge and contemporary art that will inspire, question, puzzle, amuse, seduce and otherwise intrigue 30,000 festival goers.

Splendid 2009 artist Kristy Ayre said the Arts Lab program had been a fabulous journey creatively and personally.

“It was a truly challenging, intense, fun, artistic experience but particularly, set up a fabulous new network of collaborators, friends and inspirations,” she said.

Selected projects developed in the inaugural 2009 Splendid arts lab will be on display to an audience of 30,000 at Splendour in the Grass 2010.

“For its 10th year Splendour is moving from its home of the last nine years in Byron Bay to the Woodford Folk Festival site in Queensland,” Jessica Ducrou, promoter and director of Splendour in the Grass said.

“This move has meant we have been able to expand our audience, and with it our arts and cultural program.

“Splendour sees the value in presenting the work of cutting-edge contemporary artists within the music festival context and we are very excited about the outcomes of Splendid”.

Splendid is one of six projects supported through the Australian Government’s $6.6 million ‘opportunities for young and emerging artists’ initiative.

Splendid 2010 applications are due on April 6 and forms are available at www.splendid.org.au


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