Midsumma Pathways is a nine-month mentorship and workshop program for LGBTQIA+ artists with disability.
The Pathways program provides a queer context for ten to twelve LGBTQIA+ emerging artists with disability to develop their artistic practices. It includes access to professional mentoring, group workshops and contact with arts industry representatives, that build participants’ capacity with a focus on development of artform practice.
Led by professional artists and arts workers, Midsumma Pathways brings together a diverse range of emerging cultural practitioners, creating a unique space for the intersection of ideas and modes of practice. Accepted into the program have previously been artists from across all disciplines – including dance, visual art, theatre, media, circus, burlesque and writing.
The program for 2021-22 will be delivered in a hybrid online/on-site model, including some in-person activities and some online activities through other remote learning options and platforms.
We define disabled as an inclusive and encompassing ‘umbrella’ term which includes (but is not limited to) people who are disabled, neurodiverse, autistic, Deaf or hard-of-hearing, Blind or low vision, and/or living with chronic illness or chronic pain.
We define emerging artists not by age limits, but as anyone who is working on their artistic practice and taking it to the next level. We particularly recognise the barriers for disabled artists that may have kept them in the emerging phase of their practice for longer than their peers.
Midsumma Pathways is for participants aged 18 and over.
Applicants may apply via the application form on the Midsumma webpage or can download the application form and submit via email. If applicants have any questions or require an alternative application method, they can contact Artist Development Producer, Nicole La Bianca at email@example.com or on 03 9296 6600. Midsumma are committed to ensuring the application process is accessible to all, and encourage interested artists to get in touch if the process can be better tailored to suit their needs.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel of industry representatives and Midsumma staff throughout July 2022. Applicants will be contacted regarding the outcome of their application in August 2022. Both selected applicants and applicants who are not selected will be provided constructive feedback form the selection panel. The 2022-20-23 Pathways cohort will commence the program from August/September 2022.