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Love UTP Fundraiser

Our LOVE UTP Campaign is now live. Your gift will help us support independent artists at this critical time for the arts industry. Make a difference with a tax deductible donation.

Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) is a national leader of contemporary performance with social impact. We rewrite the rules on who art is for and by. We transform perceptions about what art is and what it can do.

Since 1979 UTP has created game-changing work with marginalised voices across multiple platforms. We work in the public realm, in community spaces, cultural institutions, and online.

We believe art is not a luxury, it is central to humanity. This is why we tell urgent contemporary stories with diverse artists, for diverse audiences, in unconventional places.

About the LOVE UTP campaign

The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated our industry and the livelihoods of independent artists who are the life-blood of the sector. They are largely ineligible for the JobKeeper scheme and have been disproportionately impacted by the lockdowns, with the vast majority unable to pursue paid work.

In response to this UTP is excited to announce a range of projects, including a brand-new initiative, that will support artists at this critical time.

In the last month, we’ve been busy re-imagining our artistic program for the remainder of this year, to ensure we can continue to deliver for our community of artists and loyal audiences. While 2020 looks different now, UTP remains just as ambitious, and we’d love you to support our efforts to provide more opportunities for artists and audiences.

The projects you’ll be supporting

M’ap Boule

Nancy Denis’ first solo work M’ap Boule was to premiere as part of our site-based festival Right Here. Right Now. (RHRN) in Blacktown throughout September. It will now be realised as an ambitious, live-streamed digital work that speaks directly to the global Pan-African diaspora. More information here.

Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls

Similarly, Sex Drugs & Pork Rolls, another project planned for RHRN with our partners at Sweatshop will also transition to a screen-based outcome. We’re excited to announce S. Shakthidharan (from CuriousWorks/Counting and Cracking fame) has joined as the Director of this work. More information here.

Dream Sequence

A new program that will deliver a total of $33,000 directly to 11 artists. These artists will undertake 2-week supported digital residencies to create an archive of 2020/21 though online work.

Urban Theatre Projects produces projects across art forms that engage with social issues and reflect contemporary Australia. Working with diverse artists we create inspiring cultural experiences that connect audiences across cultures and generations. The Company has a 35-year history of creating artistically distinctive work and being at the forefront of contemporary arts practice, and is is recognised internationally for its work. More information here.

Beyond our LOVE UTP Campaign there are a number of other ways to get involved:

You can join our UTP ACCESS CHAMPIONS

You can join our PRODUCERS’ CIRCLE

UTP is also interested in finding new ways to work with businesses and companies, particularly those based in Western Sydney. UTP invites potential sponsors and partners to discuss the possibilities of working together.

To discuss any aspect of UTP’s philanthropy and development program, please get in contact with Adam McGowan Senior Producer & Development Manager via adam@urbantheatre.com.au.

URBAN THEATRE PROJECTS IS A CHARITABLE INSTITUTION AND IS REGISTERED AS A DEDUCTIBLE GIFT RECIPIENT. ALL DONATIONS MADE TO THE URBAN THEATRE PROJECTS PUBLIC FUND OF OVER $2 ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. ALL DONORS ARE ISSUED A TAX RECEIPT.