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A.C.E (Awaji Creative Exchange) for next generation artists

Sector: Society and Culture

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: The University of Melbourne

Performance artist on stairs
Skye Gellmann. Credit: Kimberley Brewster

Project description

Asialink Arts, Awaji Art Circus and Next Wave Festival are working together on a creative cultural exchange project to promote next generation artists in Australia and Japan.

Using his incredible circus skills and contemporary movement, Australian artist and next Wave alumni Skye Gellmann creates an interplay between the body, architecture and nature. Working with the local environment on Awaji Island in Japan he is creating a site specific performance called "Third Space" for the 2017 Awaji Festival. His work will use the structures and unique nature of the island to boldly investigate acrobatics and balance. Skye's work is focused and minimalist and will draw the audience's attention to the subtle realities of public space and the relationship between the artist, audience and their surroundings.

Next Wave's Director Georgie Meagher will travel to Awaji with Skye Gellmann and while in Japan will seek out a Japanese artist to come to Australia for a residency tied to the 2018 Next Wave festival. Next Wave's mission is to foster a new generation of artists taking creative risks and create new dialogues in contemporary arts and culture, the selected artist will work with the emerging creatives that come together for the Next Wave Festival.

Key dates:

  • Awaji Arts Circus, Awaji Island Japan, 22 September 2017 to 08 November 2017
  • Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Australia, 01 May 2018 to 30 July 2018

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $22,000.00 (GST inclusive)

Total project value: $$73,000.00

Last Updated: 14 September 2017
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