Seedlings at QPAC provides an opportunity to reach artists and introduce the First Nations program.
Seedlings at QPAC works to develop, nurture and support First Nations artists. It focuses on the creative development process, enabling artists and creatives the space to explore, seed new ideas, and challenge forms of expression. Sparks is part of QPAC's Seedlings Program.
Sparks is a program for First Nations playwrights designed to stimulate ideas, introduce elements of craft and support the development of a new script idea. Sparks is a partnership program with Playlab Theatre where writers focus on their initial concepts, undertake professional development sessions, interactive workshops and cultural conversations.
Many of our 2020 writers have come from short story and poetry and are now entering into the exiting world of theatre. Our writers have been working to develop skills and knowledge of theatre making. Due to COVID-19, this year's writers will continue to work towards a reading of their work in 2021.
Our amazing Sparks writers for 2020 are:
Raelee Lancaster is a writer, collaborator and creative producer based in Brisbane. She won the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers in 2018 and was awarded a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship in 2019. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Overland, Cordite Poetry Review, The Lifted Brow, The Saturday Paper and more. Raised on Awabakal land, Raelee is of Wiradjuri, Biripi, and European descent.
Aurora Liddle-Christie is a Jamaican and First Nations Australian multidisciplinary artist. In 2017 Aurora graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama from Queensland University of Technology. Her practice draws on the experience of People of Colour and Australia’s First Nations Peoples at the intersection of community, activism, spirituality and connections to country. Aurora explores this through the mediums of spoken word, performance, playwriting, singing and song writing.
Lyric is a Gureng Gureng, Binthi Warra and Miyally woman and was raised in Brisbane for most of her life. She attended boarding school in Canberra during high school, after being accepted for a Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship. She is currently studying a Cert IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention with TAFE Queensland and aspires to enrol in QUT’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing) in 2021. Her main mediums of writing include novel writing, poetry and screenplay. Being accepted into the Sparks program is her first opportunity at creating a piece for theatre.
Sandy is a multiracial woman of Mununjali, English and Greek heritage, which lends to her strong connection and upbringing of mixed cultures while growing up on the northside of Meanjin (Brisbane) on Ningy Ningy land (Redcliffe). She has explored her creative endeavours in varied mediums of the arts for the past ten years with the conviction and passion of storytelling within each project. Currently Phi is studying her Bachelors of Creative Industries, majoring in film and screen production at Queensland University of Technology. Her latest projects have been working and gaining experience within the creative and business side of the advertising, marketing and media sectors. Phi looks forward to participating in the Sparks program, where she gets to visit, create and develop new techniques and ideas in writing with fellow aspiring and established playwrights.
Che is a Wakka Wakka/Birra Gubbi woman born on Jagera, Meanjin. She is an Indigenous creative with goals to be a state actor, with a capable understanding and skill to direct and playwright. In 2019 Che was an actor in the Sparks program and this year joins as a writer. She is an announcer of Indigi-Briz, 4ZZZ and wants to see more First Nations creatives in collaborations and running organisations.
Merindi's artistic practice is grounded with a deep connection to her mother’s land, Kuku Yalanji (Mossman, North Queensland). Language, culture and history through song, Merindi’s Bama resonance and soulful, easy-listening mixes echo her passion to educate and empower through the creative song expression. Her involvement in various community initiatives and performances have included festivals, gatherings, events, corporate functions and school-based programs. From performer to producer, participant to listener, singer to weaver, writer to consultant, Merind’s experience in the arts sector is reflective of her Yalanji name Jankaji – Wealth of Knowledge. Bama = People of the Land.
To hear about the 2019 Sparks participants and what some of them are up to now, click here.
We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations Peoples - gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland. Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgment of Country