Capacity-building program for indie dance sector launched in Brisbane

Skills development, capacity building and funded creative residencies are being offered to independent dance artists in south-east Queensland.

A year-long program focused on professional development and capacity-building for independent dance artists has been launched in Brisbane. Operated out of Studio1 in Brisbane’s Yeerongpilly, The Workroom Program is funded through The Australia Council, Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council.

Lisa Wilson, Director of Studio1, says the program is focused on ‘skills development, capacity building and paid, funded creative residencies, which are so valuable for artists to be able to have space to make, experiment and explore.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts