PressureLands is a community arts performance project in the Riverland exploring the concept of pressure (success, expectations etc) and how it shapes the experiences of young people aged 14-26. Stage 1 of the project will run from now until early December and incorporates community consultations and an early creative development period, followed by a work in progress showing.

Further stages will commence in 2011.

To get involved in 2010:

As part of community consultations I’m inviting schools to become involved with the project by letting me into classrooms to talk to students about the project and run an interactive workshop style presentation. These sessions are open to all student and teachers and are not targeted at just Drama/Art curriculum areas as obviously Pressure affects everyone to some degree. These sessions are also open to other community groups/clubs. E: to request a session.

Through the very generous support of my funding and community partners all 2010 participation in PressureLands will be at no cost to schools, community groups or young people. In school/community sessions will be offered right through until the final day of Term 4 2010.

I’m also encouraging young people to contribute to the project through its online presence (by sharing articles, links or submitting creative content on the them of pressure – songs, essays, poems, drawings etc) and through one on one interviews as part of the community consultations as well as encouraging people to consider being part of the creative development in December (there are 6 positions for young people aged 14-26 over 9 days).

To get involved in any of these ways E:

Material generated by community consultations will be used to inspire a
small group of youth actors as they work with the creative team towards creating a first draft of the script PressureLands. Explored through physical movement & spoken text PressureLands will expose the hidden core of expectations. Stage 1 will culminate in a work in progress showing with invitations to local community and arts industry in December.

Follow the project here on the PressureLands blog and watch how it’s created form start to finish, we’ll include access to sketches & notes aswell as regular blog entries outlining what the project is doing and why.

In 2010 PressureLands is part of local Riverland artist Alysha Herrmann’s JUMP mentorship, JUMP, the National Mentoring Program for Young and Emerging artists, is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, through the Opportunities for Young and Emerging Artists initiative. JUMP is managed nationally by Youth Arts Queensland in collaboration with State Delivery Partners.

Thankyou to funding supporters:

Australia Council for the Arts (through the JUMP mentorship program), Carclew Youth Arts, Country Arts SA

and Community Partners:

Riverland Headspace, Riverland Youth Theatre, Print DNA