Carriageworks welcomes new three new resident companies, Sydney Chamber Opera, Moogahlin and the Felix Foundation

Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks has announced three new resident companies will be joining the Redfern-based, contemporary multi-arts precinct from this October, bringing the total number resident organisations to seven.

The new resident companies are critically acclaimed Sydney Chamber Opera, renowned for its innovative programming, musical rigour and compelling theatre-making; New South Wales’ leading Aboriginal Theatre Company Moogahlin; and artist-focused moving image production company Felix Foundation.

The contemporary arts companies commence three-year residency contracts this month at Carriageworks, joining existing resident organisations Performance Space, Erth, Force Majeure, Stalker and Marrugeku.


The Hon. Troy Grant MP, Minister for the Arts, commented: “I’m pleased to hear that these three dynamic contemporary arts companies have found a home at the NSW Government’s major contemporary arts precinct and their work will be supported through the Carriageworks Artistic Program. Carriageworks continues to grow, support the arts sector and reflect the diverse communities of our State.”

Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah added: “We are excited to be expanding our existing group of resident companies with the addition of three dynamic arts organisations who are an excellent fit for our Artistic Program.”

“Carriageworks is dedicated to championing ambitious and risk-taking, artist-led programming and the works presented by Sydney Chamber Opera, Moogahlin and the Felix Foundation are a perfect fit for our vision. Our new resident companies each have an existing history with Carriageworks, having presented and co-produced works with us in recent years. We look forward to integrating them further into our Artistic Program in 2015.” said Ms Havilah.

Bridget Ikin of the Felix Foundation added: "Our presence at Carriageworks cements the new direction of the Felix Foundation, working with visual artists on major moving image projects. We believe there is significant synergy between our aspirations and those of the other resident companies at Carriageworks, and we’re really looking forward to contributing.”

The new resident companies will be integrated into the 2015 Carriageworks Artistic Program that will be unveiled on Wednesday 12 November 2014. Co-presented productions between the resident companies and Carriageworks and other developmental artistic works will be announced at the launch.

Moogahlin’s Liza-Mare Syron said: “Becoming a resident company at Carriageworks will provide Moogahlin with a stable base for the company and for its members. Carriageworks location in Redfern ensures a continued connection to the foundations of Black Theatre in NSW and nationally. The space will provide Moogahlin with a creative hub for developing and producing new Indigenous work.”

Sydney Chamber Opera’s Louis Garrick, said: "We are thrilled and honoured to have been asked to become a resident company at Carriageworks. It is an extraordinary opportunity that confirms the company's legitimacy as a significant emerging player in the sector and it is a huge step towards securing the organisation's long-term future. Sydney Chamber Opera is officially here to stay - and there is no place we would rather call home than Carriageworks, Australia's leading contemporary multi-arts centre."

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