Flowstate’s First Year an Award-Winning Success

South Bank Corporation’s mini creative precinct Flowstate has wrapped up its year-long showcase program having scooped awards and accolades across public art, place making and artistic programming.

The latest acknowledgment is for the artistic program, with many artistic works featuring in the Matilda Award nominations for 2018 – the highest award for excellence in Queensland Theatre.

Aura (Circa & Flowstate) was nominated for Best Circus or Physical Theatre Work; Privacy Settings (Polytoxic, Festival 2018 & Flowstate) was nominated for Best Video Design for Craig and Karl (vision) & Pete Foley (animation) and the much-loved, sell-out Flowstate children’s production The Owl and the Pussycat scooped nominations and awards across best female actor in a supporting role; best male actor in a supporting role; best costume design and best sound design or composition.

South Bank Corporation unveiled Flowstate to a packed house of over 300 guests on 29 January, 2018. The three-year renewal project, designed to revitalise an underutilised part of South Bank, went on to feature a year of free artistic programming relished by the community to mark the year of the Commonwealth Games.

“South Bank Corporation is all about innovation, pushing boundaries and creating places of joy and significance for our community and Flowstate has exemplified what’s possible when we think outside of the box,” South Bank Corporation Chief Executive Officer Bill Delves said.

In 2018, Flowstate welcomed nearly 100,000 visitors in 10 months of free artistic programming for the community showcasing 640 individual experiences over 180 days and nights.

The program involved: 9 co-funders; 350 artists; 26 companies; 23 new Queensland works and generated over 300 pieces of editorial across print, radio and online.

In addition to the Matilda Awards nominations, Flowstate’s awards included winning the Great Place Award 2018 in the Queensland awards for planning excellence from the Planning Institute of Australia; a Melbourne Design Award for Jem; a Wallpaper magazine nomination for Jem as a ‘not to be missed’ international art installation for 2018.

“In a changing world South Bank’s aim is to not just keep pace with this change but to help lead it. Our vision for South Bank is for it to be the most vibrant urban cultural precinct in the world,” Professor Delves said.

Projects like Flowstate, and in particular our new master plan, ensure that community is factored in when public realm planning occurs.

Community members and stakeholders will be engaged at four different phases. We want to hear from everyone in the community during the master planning engagement process. We’re looking for ideas – no matter how big.

To get involved and pitch-in your own big idea follow: #futuresouthbank