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          Fresh Ground

          The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts supports and advances the development of Queensland artists and their work through the Fresh Ground program which offers selected Queensland-based artists access to space, support, guidance and funding towards a creative development project.

          Fresh Ground objectives are to:
          • be responsive to the needs of Queensland professional artists
          • proactively assist artists to connect with audiences
          • enhance the sustainability of their practice and build capacity
          • make a significant contribution to Queensland arts

          We are interested in artists, arts companies or collectives that demonstrate:

          • a compelling artistic vision
          • the potential to connect with audiences
          • the ability to contribute to the ongoing development of the contemporary arts and their connection to audiences locally, nationally and internationally
          • a professional approach to maximising the return on investment in terms of outcomes and career advancement

          Central to our support for artists is the Fresh Ground initiative, within which there are two programs: the Fresh Ground Residency program and the Fresh Ground Space program.

          • The Fresh Ground Residency program is designed to be responsive to the needs of artists at any stage of their career path and offers medium to long-term support to artists, which may include financial assistance; access to rehearsal spaces, technical equipment and performance venues; producing support and mentorship and assistance in the development and delivery of Strategic and Business Plans. 

          • The Fresh Ground Space program offers access to unallocated rehearsal spaces for artists and applications will be accepted at any time.

          The focus of Fresh Ground is the development of sustainable contemporary arts practice for Queensland artists, regardless of where that work is ultimately presented.  It is anticipated that some works participating in Fresh Ground will feed into the programming presented here at the Judith Wright Centre. Where mutually agreed, some residencies will also develop into more long-term producing/presenting partnerships. 


          Applications for the Space program are accecpted on an ongoing basis.

          Download Fresh Ground Space Application Guide (PDF) here
          Download Fresh Ground Space Application Form (Word) here

          Any queries can be directed to freshground@judithwrightcentre.com


          The Fresh Ground Residency Program is not currently open for applications. Please check this webpage for any future announcements.   


          We are excited to annouce the Round 8 Fresh Ground residents for 2015/16:

          • Kate Harman
          • Emma Serjeant
          • William Simpson
          • Leah Shelton

          Congratulations to these four artists who selected from a impressive group of applications. Thank you also to all of the artists that applied. 

          FRESH GROUND IN 2014/15

          The Residency program has resulted in fantastic opportunities for Queensland artists, including the development of new works such as Company 2’s Sediment, Prying Eye’s White Porcelain Doll, Babushka’s Doll and Phluxus2 Dance Collective’s The Paratrooper Project. We’ve also supported artists to secure tours, such as Lisa Wilson’s national Road Works tour of Lake just to name a few.