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Urban Theatre Projects Ltd

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About UTP

Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) is a national leader of contemporary performance with social impact. We rewrite the rules on who art is for and by. We transform perceptions about what art is and what it can do.

Since 1979 UTP has created game-changing work with marginalised voices across multiple platforms. We work in the public realm, in community spaces, cultural institutions, and online. We create essential opportunities for diverse artists to engage with diverse audiences. We do this through a rigorous process of development and research that leads to projects that stimulate urgent conversations and impactful outcomes. At UTP it is our core business to uncover the stories that challenge the way we see ourselves, others, and place. 

We believe art is not a luxury, it is central to humanity. This is why we tell urgent contemporary stories with diverse artists, for diverse audiences, in unconventional places. 

About the 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.  

In the last month, 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 you’ll be supporting 

M’ap Boule

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.  

Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls

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.  

Dream Sequence

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. 

Artists

Across the three projects above, we have the pleasure of working with over 30 artists including Nancy Denis, Dr. Michael Mohammed Ahmad, S. Shakthidharan, Peter Polites, Latai Taumoepeau, Brian Fuata, Evelyn Araluen Corr, James Nguyen, Linda Brescia, Enoch Mailangi, Mish Grigor, Riana Head-Toussaint, Justine Youssef, Claudia Nicholson and many more.

What can your donation can achieve?

Your tax-deductible donation will ensure that we can continue to make work that responds to the urgencies of our time. Our 2020 program supports diverse artists to shape the cultural conversation right now, when it’s most needed.

A gift of $50 is equivalent to the ticket price to our cancelled festival Right Here. Right Now. You will now be able to enjoy M’ap Boule and Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls online

A gift of $200 will cover the materials budget provided to our Dream Sequence Artists

A gift of $1500 is equivalent to the weekly wage paid to our Lead Artists in each of the three projects

A gift of $3000 will go towards the purchase of necessary equipment to deliver our 2020 program digitally

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Contact Details

5 Olympic Parade
BANKSTOWN NSW, 2200


Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.