Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

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Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
The Judy
Address 420 Brunswick Street (corner Berwick Street), Fortitude Valley
Location Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 27°27′34.64″S 153°2′11.91″E / 27.4596222°S 153.0366417°E / -27.4596222; 153.0366417Coordinates: 27°27′34.64″S 153°2′11.91″E / 27.4596222°S 153.0366417°E / -27.4596222; 153.0366417
Type Theatre
Genre(s) music, dance, circus, exhibitions
Capacity 300
Opened October 2001

The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, Queensland. The venue opened in October 2001. The Centre is named after Judith Wright, who was a celebrated Queensland poet[1] and an advocate for Indigenous rights and an environmental activist. Wright was one of two Australian poets considered for the Nobel Prize for Literature. She died June 25 2000 in Canberra. [2]

The Centre is managed by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Commonly called The Judy, is located at corner Berwick Street and 420 Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley.

The venue is well-equipped and the rehearsal studios feature natural light. The building has been described as intimate and possesses a degree of flexibility which enables a diverse range of performances.[3] The venue encompasses to adjacent buildings, one two-story and the other five-story. The larger structure was originally a factory for Bushell's tea. Redevelopment of the site was designed by COX Architects & Planners and built by Multiplex Constructions.[4]

The buildings house arts and cultural organisations including a 300-seat performance space, rehearsal spaces for theatre, music, dance and circus, an art gallery, artist studios, coffee shop, bar and restaurant. It is home to a number of organisations including Ausdance Queensland, Carbon Media, Circa,[1] Expressions Dance Company[1] which is a contemporary dance group founded in 1984, Flying Arts alliance Inc., The Institute of Modern Art,[1] The Post Effect and Youth Arts Queensland.

In 2011, the venue hosted the Queensland Poetry Festival.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Judith Wright Centre". Arts Queensland. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Mcilroy, Jim. "Judith Wright, 1915-2000". GLW issue 411, Wednesday, July 12, 2000. Green Left Weekly. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Milne, Geoffrey (2004). Theatre Australia (un)limited: Australian Theatre Since the 1950s. Rodopi. pp. 66–67. ISBN 9042009306. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Cox, Philip Sutton (2008). Cox Architects and Planners. Images Publishing. p. 297. ISBN 192074407X. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Queensland Poetry Festival - Spoken in one strange word". 612 ABC Brisbane (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 6 October 2013. 

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