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BARKING SPIDER VISUAL THEATRE - It’s all about story
Our purpose is to enable the sharing of stories - and to create the platforms for their telling.
Stories can come from communities, from individuals, from the young and from the old. Stories can also be shared from beyond the grave - through objects, sites, geography and through collections & histories.
Established in 2006, Barking Spider Visual Theatre is a Melbourne-based arts company. Their works transform the way people experience the familiar and encounter the unfamiliar - in museums, galleries, theatres, communities, schools, festivals, residencies and workshops.
Stories are the grease in the wheel of our humanity. Stories are what set us aside from any other species: From stories we grow, we learn, we imagine - and we empathise.
“Extraordinarily imaginative and evocative creation” – Michael Brindley, Stage Whispers
“Highly evocative and imaginative” Myron My, Theatre Press
“This is theatre that reminds you of the power and pleasure, and communal experience, of a great shared story” Sara Bannister, Stage Whispers
Established in 2006, Barking Spider Visual Theatre is an Australian-based arts company creating cross-platform work. Our purpose is to develop and create theatrical stories through a combination of art forms including puppetry, sound design, installation, live art and percussion. Our mission is to interpret history and place, as well as community and individual narratives, through remarkable visual theatre that is the outcome of a collaborative creative process between audiences and artists. In this way, BSVT creates platforms for the stories of others to be heard. We generate beautiful, lyrical and powerful events that challenge people’s perspective of theatre and of life.
Barking Spider Visual Theatre transforms the way people experience the familiar and encounter the unfamiliar - in museums, galleries, theatres, communities, schools, festivals, residencies and workshops. We have a philosophy and strategy of working with young people and communities as collaborators and equal innovators in the majority of works across our entire programme.
Our achievements 2015-6 Financial Year
We have kept developing relationships with existing partners & presenters:
City of Boroondara, Boroondara Community Outreach, Whittlesea Festival, ArtPLay, Heide Museum, Heritage Hill Museum, Hawthorn Arts Centre, Incinerator Gallery, Fitzroy High School, Regional Arts Victoria, City of Darebin, Melbourne Night Market, City of Moreland, Monash University Student Theatre, Black Hole Theatre, Wild at Heart, Slack Taxi, City of Greater Dandenong, Fairfax Festival, Roola Boola Children’s Art Festival, Museums Victoria, Museums Australia, ABC Radio National, Nillumbik Shire Council, Spensley Street Primary School, Fairfax festival, Whitehorse Spring Festival, Kew Courthouse, Australian National Academy of Music, Moomba Festival and La Mama Theatre.
We have new relationships with: National Wool Museum, Whitenight Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, City of Banyule, Ballarat Foto Biennale, Lisa Anderson & Shinyshinyworld and The Johnston Collection, Punctum, Ararat Performing Arts Centre, Fintona Girls School, Colac Performing Arts Centre, Arts Access Victoria, Drama Victoria, City of Wyndham, Werribee RSL and Pdeter mac Cancer Institute.
EVENT COUNT: We have generated and presented 207 events
AUDIENCE COUNT*: 68,301
Adults – 34,790
Young people – 33,511
(*excluding radio audiences, national and international)
JOBS FOR ARTISTS: 135
REACH States: Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland – including regional tours and metropolitan/city work. International: Les Meduses, France and presentation at the Museums Australasia Conference, New Zealand.
AWARD: Finalist in the SES International Playwriting Prize
Awards, Sponsors and Supporters
Dome Centenary Fellowship, State Library of Victoria, 2013
MAGNA Award 2015 – with The State Library of Victoria
MAGNA Award 2014 - with Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
MAGNA Award 2013 - with the National Museum of Australia
Finalist in the SES International Playwriting Prize 2016
Handspan Visual Theatre Travelling Scholarship
R.E. Ross Playwright's script Development Award
Friends of The VCA
Australian College of hair Design and Beauty
Chinese Melbourne Daily
Magnum IP Legal Services
FUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS
The Johnston Collection
Heide Museum of Modern Art
ABC Radio National
City of Boroondara
State Library of Victoria
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Ian Potter Foundation
Regional Arts Victoria
City of Melbourne
City of Wyndham
Sidney Myer Foundation
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Auspicious Arts Incubator
Fitzroy High School
La Mama Theatre
Monash University Student Theatre
Sarah Walker Photography
Lisa Anderson & Shinyshiny World
Melbourne Athenaeum Library
Black Hole Theatre
Boroondara Community Outreach
New Model Beauty Queen
Plus so many collaborating artists it's no funny.....