Quad program breaks new ground and brings community together

Thursday, 01 March 2018

The Lismore Quadrangle has unveiled its new 12-month program of events, with everything from beat poetry in a tent to site-specific bamboo installations and an open-air cinema coming in 2018.

The Quad program is a bold, brave and innovative line-up of art, music, performance, installation and entertainment that is challenging, inspiring, occasionally confronting and certainly never dull.

A partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore City Council jointly funds the work of Marisa Snow, the Lismore Quadrangle Placemaking Officer, who is activating The Quad and Lismore CBD through innovative placemaking strategies over the next three years.

The result is a suite of new activities that harness the power of creatives, students, researchers and organisations across the city, the region and worldwide.

Marisa said 2018 was a pilot year to explore a dynamic cross-disciplinary program, and test what works for the site, artists, the community and stakeholders.

She encouraged people who want to stay up-to-date with Quad events, announcements and news to visit www.lismorequad.org.au and sign up for The Quad's e-news.

“I’d like the 2018 program to be a unique showcase of this region’s talents, but also to provide an intergenerational opportunity for the community to intersect, relate and be inspired,” Marisa said.

“This program forms the feature elements for this year, which will continue to build as partnerships and funding are confirmed.

“I am exploring new presenting models that put community inclusion at the forefront of the program and creative process. I am thrilled to announce a new project in development in 2018 with leading digital artist Craig Walsh and Southern Cross University’s Indigenous school – Gnibi College – to explore a large-scale immersive digital work into Bundjalung language.

“Other new presenting partnerships are with NORPA for Wonderbabes, a performance poetry work staged in an inflatable tent, and a quarterly youth event Quad Party with Social Futures and Ability links, which will feature a new placemaking event model for under 25s.”

Two major new ongoing programs have now been launched – Our Backyard and Plein Air – to explore different uses of the site, encourage cross-disciplinary exploration and engage diverse audiences.

Our Backyard is a series of smaller pop-up music and youth events that encourage community to come together, bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a night under the stars.

Plein Air is an open-air residency program that is aimed at experimental use of the space through artist-in-residencies and exploration of intersectionality across disciplines, such as bamboo architecture and the Imagination Science Films Festival.

See below for the full program of 2018 Quad events.

2018 Quad Program

Thursday, March 8

Riots of Passage large-scale installation | 3pm-9pm
Riots of Passage is the first event in the Plein Air open-air residency program by Lismore artist Rosanna Pimm. Riots of Passage documents the links between menstrual shame, poor education and a continual cycle of poverty for women in India. In a broader context, this project intends to facilitate dialogue around feminine sexuality, equality and shame present within our own society and how we, together, can continue to create change. Rosanna has been running ‘bind your intention’ workshops every Saturday in February to co-create thousands of ceramic tampons which she will be installing in a seven-hour performance installation in The Quad on March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Saturday, March 17

Jimmy Willing and the Real Gone Hick-Ups | 7pm-9pm
Lismore’s king of rockabilly and folk – Jimmy Willing – is coming to The Quad for a one-off free concert as part of the ongoing Our Backyard series. Jimmy leads a wild bunch of rough and ready lads called the Real Gone Hick-Ups who draw water from the deep well of rural folk tradition in a very original way. Be it the bat-cave sound of rockabilly or a cranked-up heel and toe polka, they make the music their own and are guaranteed to kick up the dust. Comprising Nirvana Glassey on double bass, Clancy Robinson on drums and Davey Bob Ramsey on guitar, these three men crank out what is undeniably some of the finest rock and roll in our region, and have a reputation for setting dancefloors ablaze. For The Quad show, Jimmy has also managed to convince virtuoso fiddle and accordion player Gleny Rae Virus to come up from Newcastle; Barkers Vale’s banjo aficionado Gareth Bjaaland to come down from hills; local mechanic Captain Freedom to put down his spanners and pick up his harmonicas; and local school mam Miss Jodie to join them for a sing. For one night only, Willing has created a veritable folk music orchestra. Roll in the hot rods, dust off the dancing shoes and join us for a good ole hoe down!

Friday, March 23 (quarterly)

Quad Party #1 | 5pm-9pm
This is the first of four seasonal events aimed at creating a safe, fun and dynamic space for under 25s and families. The Quad has partnered with Social Futures and Ability Links to deliver four different events that will feature live DJs, large-scale games, ping pong competitions, projections and live street art workshops.

Saturday, May 19

Open-air Cinema – Imagination Science Films Festival | 7pm-8pm
This event is part of the Plein Air residency program and The Quad screening will be the Australian premiere of the New York Imagination Science Films Festival. The Quad has partnered with Southern Cross University’s LAB X and Associate Professor Grayson Cooke to bring the Imagination Science Films Festival to Lismore. The ISFF has produced annual science film festivals in New York, Paris and Abu Dhabi, as well as at satellite events worldwide, and serves as a major venue for the release of new and experimental works bridging the worlds of science and film. The last Imagine Science Films Festival launch was held at Google headquarters... and now it comes to Lismore!

Expression of Interest for June project

Bamboo Architecture Installations | Residency EOI
This is a call-out for expressions of interest from artists to partner with The Quad and create bamboo micro-venues to be installed on a temporary basis. A budget is allocated as part of the Plein Air residency program for an artist to devise and install sustainable structures to remain in The Quad for a number of months. For more information or to apply, please email marisa.snow@lismore.nsw.gov.au or phone 6627 4607.

Thursday-Saturday, August 2-4

Wonderbabes | 7pm-9pm
A new presenting partnership with NORPA will see local creative and NORPA associate artist Kate McDowell perform her challenging one-woman show Wonderbabes in The Quad. Staged in an inflatable tent, Wonderbabes is set in Byron Bay on New Year’s Eve, encapsulating the hedonistic energy of the Northern Rivers music festival culture while also turning it on its head. Kate McDowell explores a brutal test of her social and sexual limits in a thrilling ride that’s a visceral clash of storytelling and poetic imagery, all set to a thumping, live electronic score. The partnership between The Quad and NORPA taps into the theatre company’s strong track record of staging theatre in unique spaces (e.g. Railway Wonderland, Dreamland, Home Project) while also animating the cultural life of Lismore and supporting emerging local artists through NORPA’s Associate Artist program. Tickets are $30/25 on sale through NORPA at www.norpa.org.au.

Saturday, August 18

Art vs Science Festival | 10am-3pm
Discover a world where art meets science. Back with a bang, the Northern Rivers Science Hub is celebrating National Science Week and Arts in August by bringing the Art vs Science Festival to The Quad! This one-day science, art and music festival includes a jam-packed program that has something for everyone. The day kicks off with the festival opening ceremony at 10am. All festival events are free. It is proudly supported by Inspiring Australia.

In development

Immersive digital work into Bundjalung language
The Quad has engaged leading digital and projection artist Craig Walsh to develop a new immersive digital work exploring Bundjalung language. The Quad will work closely with Southern Cross University’s Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples on a body of work being done into the revival of Bundjalung language in Lismore.
Playground children’s festival
The Quad is passionate about creating child-led play and immersive experiences for children. We are working with a number of exciting local practitioners and new partners to develop a signature children’s event throughout 2018 for presentation in 2019.
To keep up to date with Quad programs and a full calendar of events, visit www.lismorequad.org.au and sign up for The Quad's e-news or go to www.facebook.com/LismoreQuadrangle.


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