Mosaic AV ‘bunker’ hosts Winter Sessions

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Mosaic AV ‘bunker’ hosts Winter Sessions

Mitcham audio visual company Mosaic AV created a temporary studio to live stream performances to provide employment for its staff and local artists impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

The ‘Ghost Light Bunker’ at St Marys hosted City of Mitcham’s Winter Sessions at Home program in June, a weekly showcase of livestreamed music performed by local musicians.

Production Manager Cameron DuRieu said Mosaic AV set up the studio in March when it became clear the company was set to face a major downturn in business.

Established in 2008, Mosaic AV specialises in arts and theatre production work including the Adelaide Festival Theatre, Art Gallery of South Australia, Illusionists international touring show and Adelaide Festival of Arts. It employs three full time and up to 25 casual staff.

“When COVID happened, our phones didn’t stop with people calling to cancel events from March to September,” Mr DuRieu said. “We had no way to keep staff engaged, maintain their skills and keep them in work.”

The team set out to tap into its network of artists and performers by offering the studio for online performances.

Mr DuRieu said City of Mitcham’s support for his company and for local artists was welcome.

“I think it’s great to see Council support and promote our struggling artists and to give them a platform to do what they do best,” he said. “These sessions have been really positive in so many ways for the community.”

Craigburn Farm singer-songwriter Kat Caton said being part of Winter Sessions was an “amazing opportunity”.

“The quality of the audio and video was excellent – world class,” she said. “I had family and friends from interstate tune in, and I’ve been able to use my recording as a promotional tool, so it has been great.”

Bands showcased included the Smarty Boys, the Shambolics, Choosing Sides, Harry Baulderstone, SODA, Acoustic Blonde, Kylie Kain Trio, The Poorleans, Dave Freeman, Angels and Oils and The Birds are Spies.

Did you enjoy Winter Sessions and would you like to see it happen again? Please email mitchamevents@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au or call 8372 8129 with your feedback.