Grant For Q Theatre's 'The Long Table'
These gatherings will be free events, designed to marry food and opportunities to connect with the community as part of curated arts and cultural experiences.
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith this week visited the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre joining Nick Atkins, Director, New Work and Emele Ugavule, Associate Producer to announce funding support of $48,074 towards The Long Table.
The Long Table is an invitation, a provocation and a place to gather, discuss and share. It makes room for the conversations not yet had and creates context to reconsider Western Sydney’s relationship to the intersection of art, health, community, and participation. The project is key to expanding the capacity to connect, support and sustain a dialogue with some of the diverse communities in Penrith and the wider community while also activating underutilised space at The Joan.
By recruiting guest curators and community hosts, Q Theatre plans to work closely with three communities through The Long Table. These include First Nations, LGBTQI+ and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds (CALD) in partnership with Penrith Multicultural Inter-agency and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Population Health Unit.
These gatherings will be free events, designed to marry food and opportunities to connect with the community as part of curated arts and cultural experiences. They will take the form of live art, installations or performance presentations encapsulating various outcomes discussed via The Long Table.
“The Long Table welcomes new audiences and regular attendees to take their seat at the table and connect with community, friends, food, performance and Q Theatre,” said Nick Atkins, Project Director.
This funding has been allocated through the NSW Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program – Western Sydney Strategic Opportunities Initiative.
“I am pleased to confirm this support which will assist in increasing and promoting participation in arts and cultural actives in Penrith,” said Stuart Ayres
“The NSW Government is making continued investments in cultural and artistic programs which join our communities together and showcase the talents of local artistic and musical talent,” Stuart Ayres said.
Q Theatre’s The Long Table will be built and placed in the heart of The Joan’s Atrium foyer.