S I T U A T E

WHAT WE DO

Image: 'Food for the Senses' with Provocateur Deb Pollard and Jo Cook. Arts Lab 2016, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre. Photographer: Lucy Parakhina. 

Image: 'Food for the Senses' with Provocateur Deb Pollard and Jo Cook. Arts Lab 2016, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre. Photographer: Lucy Parakhina. 

SITUATE Art in Festivals supports outstanding early career artists and creative practitioners to develop new experimental artworks for the festival environment.

The SITUATE Arts Lab is a professional development program for selected participants. Artists are encouraged to take risks, expand their practice, develop concepts, consider works of scale, and connect with festival audiences through the development of public art projects. Mentors and provocateurs include established artists experienced in making works for a broad range of festival contexts.

Site-related art, installations, interventions and live art practice are explored through our festival partnerships. Creative practitioners are supported and mentored to develop ideas and proposals for projects that are conceptually strong with high production values, which can respond to a variety of festival sites, audiences and economies.

The development program includes a residential, interdisciplinary artist laboratory led by national and international artists, curators and designers. This is followed by a mentoring phase, throughout which participants are assisted to develop their concepts and a refined proposal to be considered by our Partner Festivals.

Submitted concepts may be invited to go forward to a ‘research and development’ phase with support from an experienced producer and production manager.

The program culminates with a commissioning phase, where artists who have been successful with their submissions are invited by a festival to produce work for presentation.

Building on the success of the first SITUATE Art in Festivals program, the Australia Council supported a second Arts Lab and the expansion of our national and international partners in 2016. The Arts Lab took place in Hobart from 10-22 January.

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