Feature image: Lauren Watson Aerial [supplied].
Over three incredible days last year, Brisbane rolled out the red carpet to showcase over 100 performing artists and welcomed the boldest and brightest artists living with disability to take to the stage for the Undercover Artist Festival 2021.
The 2021 line up featured three world premieres – Oliver-Hetherington-Page’s, The No Bang Theory, Lauren Watson’s, Nerve and The Crooner’s Swinging and Spinning – all debuted on Turrbal and Jagera Country at Queensland Theatre in Brisbane.
After the success of Undercover Artist Festival and important disability-led conversations during 2021, Undercover Artist introduced the 2022 Undercover Artist Career Workshop series.
These one-day career workshops aim to provide opportunities for emerging performing artists living with disability to develop, strengthen and access the tools required to showcase their skills, and artistic abilities.
This is the first year that Undercover Artist will be delivering a workshop program outside of the Undercover Artist Festival, with each workshop focusing on a unique subject individually tailored to support the career progression of performing artists.
Madeleine Little, Undercover Artist Director is passionate about supporting d/Deaf and disabled artists, and is a strong advocate for disability-led practice in Queensland.
“It’s an exciting time at Undercover Artist, we are always looking for new avenues to improve and promote disability arts, and these workshops will be specifically designed to meet the needs of artists who are d/Deaf or disabled to ensure they are given access to increase employability in the performing arts industry.
“We hope to provide the skills and tools necessary for emerging artists to develop their career that in many cases, may be deemed as inaccessible to the individual through traditional training methods.” said Madeleine.
The workshops, presented by industry leaders, will focus on upskilling artists in key aspects of career development, along with provide insider tips and advice when starting out in the arts. Participants can expect to learn a range of skills from grant writing, Arts Queensland funding opportunities, resume development, accessibility, arts culture, Auslan in a performing setting and how best to showcase your artistic practice, and attributes.
“The performing arts industry is an incredible space for people to unleash their creativity, be true to themselves and grow a sustainable career. Although we often see time and time again, minimal disability representation and disability-led practice due to limited accessibility, and entry level development opportunities. We hope to change this through the Undercover Artist Workshops and foster incredible talents that can be somewhat hidden sometimes.
“Everything we do is about providing d/Deaf or disabled artists a platform where they and their performing art can shine and be seen as what it is, and what it needs to be. We recognise that artists who are d/Deaf or disabled are just as talented and capable as an artist without disability.” said Madeleine.
The Undercover Artist Career Workshops series will run from June to October 2022 - individual workshop dates to be announced. To find out more information about the upcoming Undercover Artist Career Workshops and how to register click here.