Finding Our Voice

Finding Our Voice celebrates Australia in sound.

It’s a commissioning project. We’ve invited eight living Australian composers to each create a new piece of music. All the composers we approached have chosen to work with a small creative team to realise their ideas. These eight new works are premiering for live audiences in eight iconic venues and festivals around Australia, one by one, across 2022-23. All the performances are also being filmed and recorded. The digital manifestation of Finding Our Voice creates a treasure trove of footage of the live events, plus educational resources, and interviews, all illuminating the artists’ stories, creative processes, their unique voices, and approaches. You can find the project website here, where the digital library will be active from mid 2023.

Finding Our Voice is supported by UKARIA, the Australian Government's Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, and the following individuals and foundations: Ulrike Klein AO, Berg Family Foundation, The Yulgilbar Foundation, The Aranday Foundation, Playking Foundation and Julie Kantor AO.

"Australia is rich in brilliant music makers. Finding Our Voice creates a national portrait in sound of our most exciting composers, working in wildly diverse ways. Listening to them helps us to hear, celebrate and connect with one another, and our country."
- Genevieve Lacey
© Shervin Lanez
© Ken Leanfore
© Hyun Sohn
© Letterbox and Jody Haines
Genevieve Lacey — artistic director
Martel Ollerenshaw, Paul Mason, Genevieve Lacey — executive producers
Jakub Gaudasinski — audio
Deborah May — film
Rosie Pentreath — communications
New Opening Studio — brand identity and website
Jude Gun and Fraser Orford — producers
Morwenna Collette — accessibility
James Humberstone — education
Margaret Barrett — evaluation
Alison Beare — director of UKARIA Cultural Centre, lead partner