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The Shake Up Tantrum Youth Arts

The Shake Up

Call out for Emerging Artists

5 local emerging artists between the ages of 18 and 30 (or within the first 5 years of their creative practice) will have the opportunity to collaborate directly with Mirabelle & Lee from Branch Nebula on The Shake Up. This will involve devising material for the event itself, as well as playfully facilitating the involvement and intervention of community members with a connection to Newcastle’s past or ideas for its future.

We’re looking for local artists who are already on the journey towards developing an independent practice as makers of original work. The Shake Up represents a unique opportunity to experience a socially-engaged creative process where artists and community members can collaborate as equals towards a dynamic event of local relevance. This feeds into Tantrum’s mission of taking a creative approach towards making a social impact, while exposing emerging artists to community processes that may expand their independent practice and potentially provide a bridge to new employment opportunities.

Emerging artists from all creative backgrounds are eligible to apply, including theatre, performance, writing, film, dance, movement, visual arts, digital arts and performance art. Tantrum especially encourages artists from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, both with and without disability, to apply and we endeavour to provide equal opportunities regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Don’t hesitate to contact Tantrum if you would like any assistance with your application.

Key dates for The Shake Up for emerging artists

Weekend #1 – Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 March
Intensive – Monday 15 to Thursday 18 April
Weekend #2 – Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 May
Weekend #3 – Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 June
Final intensive / production week – Sunday 16 to Friday 21 June
First weekend of event – Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 June
Second weekend of event – Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June

N.B: Specific call times during production week and the event to be confirmed, though full days (and some nights) can be expected. There’s also the potential for satellite programming in between the weekends of the event (i.e. 24-27 June). However, the emerging artists’ level of involvement with this will depend on their own interest/availability and won’t be an expectation.

Want to get involved?

If you’re 18-30 years old (or within the first 5 years of your arts practice) you can register your interest in being part of The Shake Up by:

  1. Click 'Apply Now' and complete the EOI form by 5pm, Friday 8 March 2019
  2. Attend an informal workshop with Chris from Tantrum and Lee & Mirabelle from Branch Nebula on Monday 11 March 2019 from 6:30-8pm at Tantrum Studio, 101 City Road, Merewether (entry via Allworth Street).
  3. Following the workshop, Tantrum will offer up to 5 emerging artists a place as collaborators on The Shake Up
  4. Once selected, you will need to become a member of Tantrum Youth Arts (Standard $25 / Amplified $50) to participate in The Shake Up.


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