Part of Things is a new space in Barmera - a small regional town next to Lake Bonney, approx. 2.5 hours drive from Adelaide - opening mid 2019 for an 18month trial. Part of Things is interested in two things - building networks and connections with and between young professionals in our region and doing that by presenting quirky, interesting and engaging programs facilitated by local artists (to create paid opportunities).
Our team are all young professionals ourselves and we are interested in the ‘churn’ of this demographic in the Riverland – the constant coming and going and how difficult it can be to retain young professionals in our region, and the reality that many young professionals in the Riverland go 'home' to Adelaide on the weekend taking the money they've earned here to be spent elsewhere. We want to connect with our young professional peers to develop allies, networks, friendships and everything in between - and we want to encourage more dollars to be invested here for our shared future. We are doing this by exploring quirky creative projects, events and activities that offer a place to ‘find your people’ and add to the social and cultural fabric of our community.
Part of Things is a small in scale exploration being entirely boot-strapped by us, there is no funding or confirmed income, though we have the space itself at a very subsidised rent for two years from the Berri Barmera Council. We are designing the program to expand and contract as dollars are available but cash is the biggest limiting factor to our ambitions!
We have just launched a call-out for our first program - a Thinker in Residence program in July, August, September and October 2019.
We are applying to the Awesome Foundation to make our planned launch 21st June a little more AWESOME. We are planning a ticketed pyjama party for thirty people to officially launch Part of Things and open to the public. We will also be announcing our Thinkers in Residence at this event.
Funded by Adelaide (June 2019)