COVID 19 Update

16 June

Kia ora Whānau

New Zealand has reached level one, and we want to share with you what this means for us at BATS. We have spent time in discussion with our community over the past year and it’s apparent that even before the pandemic, living as an artist is precarious. We are aware of the part we have had to play in this, with small audience sizes and short runs it's difficult to make a crust from a show. We’re working hard to change this while still holding onto BATS’ core values of supporting artists and their art, no matter what stage of their career they’re in.

Every Friday night, we take our learnings from lockdown and present a series of works streamed from the Random Stage and beam them straight to your living room. With no seating capacity on the internet - you can invite as many friends as you like. There is so much potential in the way that artists are exploring this technology, and we are working alongside a bunch of talented makers to really embed streaming as a regular part of our programme. You might even get a chance to grab tickets & be part of our very first LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE!! 

We are now in a position to plan ahead so we are looking for submissions for our September - December programme. There were a number of shows that we had to postpone and these will be given priority. As such, there is limited space but don’t let that stop you! If you are interested in being part of bringing art back to the people, hit up nick@bats.co.nz

Need time and space to work on your art? We are super excited to announce our new studio residency programme. Our studio space is such a beautiful place to make, and dream, and cook up grand plans, and we want to share this with our artists. With zero pressures of performance, having the use of a rehearsal space for 3-5 weeks is an amazing opportunity to work on your craft - be that towards a new script, an installation work or something completely different!

We can see so many of our whānau out there speaking out against the oppression and systemic racism prevalent in the world. Now more than ever, it is important to us that we listen and learn from the people most impacted. There is much that we can do better in New Zealand and in ourselves. BATS should be a place to amplify voices and art that can incite change. We are always up for a challenge and recognise that we aren’t perfect. We aim to strengthen and diversify our community as we co-create a future together. We encourage you to speak up against racism and to be informed as we head towards the election in September.

Love all at the BATS team xxx