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2 August 2018

Applications are now open for Midsumma Futures 2018 – 2019, a nine-month development and mentoring program for early-career artists and culture-makers, commencing in October 2018 and running until May 2019.

A photo of Archie Barry, previous Midsumma Futures participant, in Hypnic (2017).

Archie Barry, previous Midsumma Futures participant, in Hypnic (2017), performance approx 4 min. Photo by Vanessa Godden.

Now in its second year, Midsumma Futures provides the opportunity for early-career artists to advance their career, deepen their practice, gain exposure and lead the future of queer culture.

The program brings together a diverse range of emerging cultural practitioners, creating a unique space for the intersection of ideas and modes of practice. Artists from across disciplines as well as producers, socially engaged practitioners, community leaders, thinkers and culture-makers of any kind are encouraged to apply.

The Midsumma Futures program consists of three components:

  • Four dynamic workshops that will challenge, invigorate and strengthen the participant’s practice through peer-to-peer exchange as well as presentations and activities delivered by established practitioners.
  • A mentorship with an established practitioner. Candidates can apply with a confirmed mentor attached to their application or they can ask Midsumma to match them with a mentor upon successful entry into the program.
  • Engagement with Midsumma Festival - successful applicants will be given a VIP pass to the 2019 festival to experience the intersection of ideas, events and artists that the event can only provide.

The emphasis of Midsumma Futures is on developing practice, so participants are not expected to produce an outcome as part of their involvement in the program.

The program is for people who identify as queer or LGBTQIA+ in some way. Midsumma strongly encourages applications from artists who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, living with disability or come from a culturally or linguistically diverse background.

Applications close at midnight, Monday 27 August 2018.

Visit Midsumma for full details