Early in November this year the college was notified it was one of six successful applicants in a highly competitive field for the 2012 STREAM 1 funding round of the Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Grants Program.
This program is funded by the Federal Government to allow professional artists to participate as artists-in-residence in schools to improve student’s access to quality arts education programs. The program is implemented through ArtsEdge through the strategic arts in education partnership between the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Department of Education.
We are very excited about winning this grant that will provide an outstanding once in a life time opportunity for our students and staff to work with professional artists from the Black Swan State Theatre Company (BSSTC).
BSSTC artists will work in the school with our students and staff during Terms 2 & 3 of 2013 to deliver a series of workshops that will culminate in three theatre art productions. Students will also have the opportunity to tour the Black Swan State Theatre in Perth. Workshops will allow students and staff to develop creative skills, critical appreciation of theatre arts from the ground up to final production and a knowledge of the skills and techniques, language and conventions of this art form. This will include drama, stage management, production management, stage combat, lighting design, sound design, set and costume design. Those students who are not comfortable to be out the front will be able to be involved in the program through developing other skills in photography, videography, visual arts, marketing, music, sound, costume and lighting.
As a school community we are eagerly looking forward to three productions that will culminate in all the hard work at the end of Term 3 of 2013.
“BSSTC are excited at the opportunity this partnership will provide for the company as artists in residence at the school. We eagerly look forward to getting to know students and teachers, enriching their learning in the arts, working with them to create a fantastic production that focuses as much on the process as the product. Black Swan are also excited to be working as a team to present workshops about some of the administration and backstage areas of a theatre company. Opportunities for our Marketing and Production departments to present workshops helps connect the team with what is happening in the education department of the company. It places more value on what it is we are doing that is not presented on stage but is equally important to the company and core to what we believe in.”
You can read more about Black Swan from their website : http://www.bsstc.com.au