blue sky 2021

BLUE SKY is an annual place-led laboratory for artists working across artforms to begin researching a new work and developing connections and relationships with place and community.

The inaugural BLUE SKY took place in November 2019 on Chevron Island. In March 2021, artists will spend one week on the southern end of the Gold Coast to research a new work.

From 1 – 6 March 2021, six local artists were invited to a one-week intensive Blue Sky Lab where they will embed themselves in the community of the Gold Coast. The residency is not outcome driven and is an opportunity to sit – perhaps uncomfortably – in the space of listening, watching and experiencing the place without having to present something at the end of the one-week project.  

2021 Blue Sky Artists

Alicia Jones

Alicia Melonie Jones is a performance artist residing on Yugambeh country (Gold Coast). A heritage of Aboriginal/Australian, Alicia’s solo work questions modes of knowledge, cycles of violence and the media control of information.  Alicia’s body of work stems from her journey back to country (Ben Lomond/Swanport) with performance/installations created to activate cathartic experiences and fracture the status quo.

Lenine Bourke

Lenine is currently a freelance artist and consultant. She was with the Australia Council for the Arts as Director of Community Partnerships from 2014 – 2016. Prior to this she was the Artistic Director of Contact Inc an arts and cultural organisation committed to social change, more recently she was known for her work as Executive Director of Young People and the Arts Australia, the national peak body for youth arts.

Jade Dewi

JADE DEWI TYAS TUNGGAL lives and works in Yaegl Country, Clarence Valley NSW Australia. She is an award-winning contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher with 20 years of international study, performance and touring experience. Born in Australia she is a direct descendent of Kangjeng Sultan Hamengku Buwana, the first Sultan of Yogyakarta Java 1755. Her ancestry also extends from the ancient Javan Borobudur Buddhist Community 800AD, and is mixed with Scottish and Viking heritage.

Kirk Page

Kirk Page is a Munanjali ( Yugembeh Nation ) Badu Island German desendant – has worked in film, television, theatre, dance, musical theatre and as a mentor and teacher – currently he is writing arts and entertainment pieces for the Koori Mail news paper, the first and only news publication that features news and updates from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island perspective.

Kirk still identifies as a dancer despite his ever changing and evolving body mass…..

Nathan Stoneham

Nathan Stoneham is a community and cultural development artist who has been creating contemporary, socially engaged arts processes and performances with communities across Australia and the Asia Pacific region for fifteen years. He is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Art’s Kirk Robson Award, the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Artist Fellowship, and has been an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development. He holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (drama and music), a Bachelor or Education, and a Social Work Masters. Nathan’s practice explores transcultural and queer approaches to making art and friends, and brings people together to collaborate on new ways of being together.

Victoria Hunt

Victoria was born on Yugambeh Country, SE Queensland and is working across performing and visual arts as a director, choreographer, dancer, photographer, film-maker and educator. She lives on unceded Bidjigal land, EORA, Sydney. Her ancestral affiliations are Te Arawa, Rongowhaakata, Kahungunu, Irish, English, Finnish. Her work is philosophically liminal, inter-cultural and reinstates the power of Indigenous creativity through unravelling the complexities Indigenous people face within the politics of recognition, reciprocity and rematriation. Central to this is the honoring of whakapapa (kinship/lineages), mana wahine (indigenous-Maori feminism) and Indigiqueer revitalization within creation practices. Her work is a gradual binding of intimate collaboration between artists, elders and communities.

She is a founding member of De Quincey Co. since 2000, performing in over 50 productions. Victoria received a honors (first-class, UNSW) and was awarded the Rex Cramphorn Theatre Fellowship in 2016. She is one of six honored artists featured in the 1st edition of BAC, Madrid – Biennale of the Arts of the Body, Image and Movement 2019-22.

In collaboration with Charles Koroneho, Boris Bagattini, James Brown, Clytie Smith, Fausto Brusamolino & many others, their work has travelled nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. COPPER PROMISES: Hinemihi Haka premiered at Liveworks Festival (Sydney 2012), was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Female Performer in Dance, then toured to Origins Festival (UK 2013), IMPACT15 (CA 2015), PuSh Festival, National Arts Centre, Public Energy, Turtle Island (CA 2019). Her recent work TANGI WAI… the cry of water premiered at Liveworks Festival (Sydney 2015), Dance Massive (Naarm/Melbourne 2017) and nominated for an Australian Dance Award, Helpmann Award, three Green Room Awards, receiving Best Visual Design in Dance. 

Her short film TAKE, in collab. with producer/editor Margot Nash, won the Mana Whenua award, Wairoa Maori Film Festival and has screened extensively across six continents.