The new year has seen a flurry of new artists and organisations signing up to the ACF. We are thrilled to welcome so many fresh faces to the platform! To celebrate, we wanted to spotlight the first ACF campaigns of our newest artists.
Sofia Viegas is a filmmaker, actor, writer, and musician, who is currently in the thick of filming for The Elephant Room Docuseries. Described as a richly visceral experience, each episode of The Elephant Room explores a new lived experience of stigma from the intimate sanctuary of the storytellers’ living room. Sofia and her team have recently launched a campaign to support the making of this bold documentary series.
Robert Crispe is a filmmaker from regional Australia. Robert launched a campaign to fund his latest project, Birds In Paradise – a paper-craft stop-motion short film. He has created an animated world constructed from illustrated paper puppets to tell the story of situational and environmental change – in the form of alien birds invading earth to claim it for their own.
The Bowerbird Collective creates multimedia work that tells conservation stories, with the aim of strengthening emotional connections to the natural world. They are raising funds to support the international launch their ARIA chart topping album, Songs of Disappearance. A celebration of the diversity of the Australian landscape, the album also highlights that 1 in 6 Australian birds are now threatened. The Bowerbird Collective want to reach a global audience with their important conservation message.
Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar you preference to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000.
Madeline Ferme is a freelance curator living and working in Naarm (Melbourne). They are co-curating the exhibition Pleasure Project – a visual art exhibition of queer women and gender diverse artists exploring queer sex, sexuality, intimacy, and pleasure. Donations to Madeline’s campaign will support the costs of delivering the exhibition, which is being presented as part of Midsumma Festival 2022.
Brooke Shelley is a classically trained musician and singer, who leads the new 8-part vocal ensemble, Queen’s Phoenix. Queen’s Phoenix was formed to give a focus to singers devastated by COVID lockdowns. Their first recording, A Voice From Heaven, received wonderful reviews and the attention of Hobart’s Festival of Voices – where they have been invited to perform in July. Brooke is raising funds to support their first live concert.
Eleven O’Clock Theatre is an independent production company committed to providing a platform to develop new Australian musical theatre. The company are seeking support for their original work, The Breaths in Between – a brand new Australian Concept Musical that tells stories of love, joy, and the everyday challenges of existing as an intersectional human.
Rob Murphy is an experienced filmmaker, editor and director, as well as senior projectionist at the Sun Theatre (Yarraville, Victoria). His latest project, Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey is described as a love-letter to film – a feature documentary celebrating the rise, fall and rebirth of projected film. Rob has launched a campaign to help raise funds for the purchase of the archive and music rights needed to tell this story.
The Beautiful Days is a music collaboration between Andrew and Leola Robinson who have worked and performed together for over 20 years. Their latest project, Impossible Things, is a cycle of thirteen songs, and accompanying visual/digital artwork. The work explores some of the most important challenges facing the world right now. They have recently launched a campaign to support the recording and artwork of Impossible Things.
Briefs Factory is an Australian creative collective who manufacture, cultivate and present evocative, irreverent, physical performance. Their best known, flagship project is the award-winning Briefs. A major attraction to FringeWorld (WA), the team were devastated to be unable to perform in last year’s festival due to COVID restrictions. But they are back for 2022 and have launched a campaign to help support the 10 artists involved in the show.