We are beside ourselves with joy… we reached our target of 15K!
Thank you! While we look around at the wreckage that is 2020 so far, it is incredible to feel the love from the UTP extended family. This emotional and material support is key moving forward. It means we can continue to invest in the development of diverse artists on a deep level, working with artists to realise ambitious, career-changing projects that are culturally significant. This investment looks like years of work, it looks like meaningful relationships with artists and communities and most importantly this investment is responsive to artists’ needs.
A huge thank you to those who supported this campaign: Maissa Alameddine, Pamela Amores, Gillian Appleton, Veronica Barac-Gomez, Nicole Barakat, Karen Bedford, Zanny Begg, Jill Berry, Amanda Brisot, Karilyn Brown, Michelle Brown, Michelle Catanzaro, Jill Colvin, Gillian Corban, Sally Crawford, Jackie Davis, Jessie Deane, Krystal Docker, Paul Dwyer, Tracy Edington Mackay, Elizabeth Evatt, Danielle Farrugia, Yael Filipovic, Sarah Gilchrist, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Katy Green Loughrey, Nikki Heywood, Peter Howard, Donita Hulme, Peter Hutchings, Samuel James, Katrina James, Samuel James, George Kanaan, Lina Kastoumis, Jeff Khan, Shivanjani Lal, Rob Lang, Tash Lette, Narelle Lewis, Jeannie Lewis, Vanessa Lloyd, Sue Lukersmith, Alison Lyssa, Louise McDonald, Adam McGowan, Alison McIntyre, Ruth Melville, Sarah Miller, Meg Mumford, Theresa Nguyen, Ian Olivieri , Rafaela Pandolfini, Iain Papantonio, Ahilan Ratnamohan, Oonagh Redmond, JD Reforma, Rebekah Robertson, Keren Ruki, Peter Somerville, Catherine Sullivan, Alicia Talbot, Yana Taylor, Karen Therese, Nina Trofimova, Katy Tyrrell, Naomi Velaphi, Cabby Vial, Carol and Sjef Vleeskens, Kara Ward, Fiona Winning, Marilyn Wise, Josephine Wyburn, and Mouna Zaylah.
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.
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 that LOVE UTP will be supporting
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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