John Harvey is a producer, director and writer across drama and documentary who is passionate about working with ambitious and risk taking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers.
John will combine Indigenous storytelling with research into government policies and scientific studies to explore our past, present and future relationship with water in Australia. John’s three-month project will see him researching sound design, video installation and the changing states and sounds of water with a view to developing a new theatre work.
What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
It’s been fantastic to for me personally to be awarded with a Creators Fund grant. I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to sit in a space, a subject and story that’s very close to my heart. To be able to undertake deep research really opens up the potential of then exploring the form of storytelling down the track. As a Torres Strait Islander creative - this is really exciting for me.
How important is ‘time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
Time is everything for me. I like to sit on things and let them resonate and feel them on a visceral level. So I’m grateful for the time.
What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
I’m looking forward to sitting in the space, research and also talking to people from various creative disciplines as well as people from outside of the creative sector.
Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
I think having a deep understanding based on research and creative exploration of my subject area of water and with a clearer idea of how I can use this in my creative practice.