Arts Northern Rivers is calling for proposals for ambitious ideas ready to be developed into contemporary arts projects.





Your Big Idea


12 February 2018


11 March 2018



Arts Northern Rivers want to hear YOUR BIG IDEA. We are calling for proposals for ambitious arts projects ready to be developed into a funding application in mid 2018. The project will be groundbreaking and have the ability to grab the attention of a local, national or international audience.

Applications will be assessed by a panel of highly regarded industry leaders. The concept must be original and at the cutting edge of visual arts, experimental, performance, theatre, live art, music, sound, dance or interdisciplinary contemporary arts practice.

The winning project will receive a taiolered Project Development Package working closely with Arts Northern Rivers to hone their project ready for funding. This incubation phase which will leverage Arts Northern Rivers' expertise and offer access to industry networks and expert knowhow across various sectors.

To be eligible you must be passionate about your big idea and committed to delivering the project if successful for funding. Your big idea needs to have a public outcome at a site within the Northern Rivers and be led by a Northern Rivers based artist, team or company. Project partners are encouraged and can be sought locally, nationally and internationally.



Lisa Havilah, Director CarriageWorks

Jeff Khan, Artistic Director Performance Space

Roslyn Helper, Director Underbelly Arts 







must be eligible for ARTS FUNDING



Introducing our formidable selection panel who were chosen for their big names, big hearts and big ideas

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Lisa Havilah | Director Carriageworks

Lisa Havilah is the Director of Carriageworks, Sydney.  Since 2012, Lisa has implemented an ambitious contemporary multi-arts program that is unrelenting in its support of artists. Under her leadership Carriageworks has experienced extraordinary audience, artistic and commercial growth which has resulted in Carriageworks becoming the fastest growing cultural precinct in Australia. 

From 2005–2011 Lisa was Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre. Under her directorship Campbelltown Arts Centre pioneered an internationally renowned contemporary arts program that brought together culturally and socially diverse communities through the process of producing contemporary art.

Lisa was previously Assistant Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre 1998–2004 and has lectured in Management and Organisation (Master of Fine Arts) at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW. Lisa sits on the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Commission Social Panel, the City of Sydney’s Public Art Advisory Panel and Lendlease Arts Advisory Panel Barangaroo. 

She is a Non-Executive Director of Underbelly Arts, and an Advisory Committee Member of Firstdraft. Named one of the top 100 influential people of Sydney, Lisa was awarded FBi’s prestigious SMAC of the Year Award in 2014.

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Jeff Khan | Artistic Director Performance Space

Jeff Khan is Artistic Director & CEO of Performance Space, Sydney. Originally from Western Australia, Jeff is a curator and writer working across performance, dance and the visual arts with a particular interest in interdisciplinary projects and experimental practices.

At Performance Space, Jeff oversees the development and delivery of the annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, as well as a range of residencies, laboratories and artist development programs. Performance Space’s programs situate Australian practice in an Asia Pacific context and Jeff has recently undertaken extensive research across East and South-East Asia in the development of the organisation’s programs, growing an international network of likeminded artists and organisations.

From 2006–2010 Jeff was Artistic Director of Next Wave (Melbourne), overseeing the development and delivery of the 2008 and 2010 Next Wave Festivals, as well as Next Wave’s acclaimed Kickstart development program and numerous special projects.


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Roslyn Helper | Director Underbelly Arts

Roslyn is an artist, curator and writer, and the Director of Underbelly Arts.  She has previously held curatorial and project management roles at Artspace Sydney, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney Festival and FBi Radio, and she was the Artistic Director of Electrofringe from 2012-16.                 

In her artistic practice, Roslyn is interested in trying to answer the question, How are our lives constructed? To find clues, she frequently looks to the online and mediated communication platforms that play a ubiquitous but significant role in our lives. She has presented work for the 20th Biennale of Sydney Public Programs, Performance Space, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney Festival, Liquid Architecture, Firstdraft, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists and the Festival of Live Art (FoLA) as well as numerous independent sites and spaces nationally and internationally.

Underbelly Arts started in 2007 and runs as a biennial festival to develop and present work from the boldest new voices in Australian art. Underbelly Arts champions risk-taking and experimentation with a focus on emerging artists. The program spans visual art, performance, theatre, live art, opera, music, sound, dance, digital art, interventionist and socially engaged practices.

Image | Lucien Alperstein


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