When we launched in March last year, we committed to Witness for a year. The good news is that Creative Victoria is supporting us into 2019, which means we can keep going for another six months. The bad news is that our Australia Council application was unsuccessful. We hold no grudges: we know how tough things are out there, and how little money there is to go around.
We do a lot with very little: you can read about Witness’s finances here. But we can’t do anything with nothing.
As things stand, we can’t continue the website after June this year. The only way we can become sustainable in the long term is with your support. Please help us to grow a forum that looks at performance in depth, which places it in its social, historical and aesthetic contexts, and which mentors the critical voices of tomorrow.
For 2019, we’ve decided to make all our content free, because we’ve never been very comfortable with paywalls. We’ll continue with our mentoring programs and covering as much performance as we can, within the limits of our resources. We’ll continue promoting in-depth discussion about what our culture is and what we all would like it to be, and we’ll continue discovering new voices and new ways to think about what we all do, whether making performance or being part of its audience.
Educational institutions or keen philanthropists who wish to sponsor the Witness project can contact Alison and Rob via the email form below.