New South Wales

Quad program breaks new ground and brings community together

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 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 2018, 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.

Source: Lismore City Council

Image courtesy of Kate Holmes