ARTS LAB 2018 

Image: Amanda Shone's  Viewpoint  at Mona Foma 2016. Photo by L. Parakhina.

Image: Amanda Shone's Viewpoint at Mona Foma 2016. Photo by L. Parakhina.


SITUATE Art in Festivals provides an exciting opportunity for early career artists and creative practitioners to push boundaries, take creative risks and develop concepts that respond to the unique potential of festival environments. Artists are selected via an open call to participate in an intensive interdisciplinary residency. The program is based at Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart and other locations across Tasmania. We have thirteen National and International Partner Festivals who work with us on a two year cycle to develop and present Situate artists' work.

The SITUATE Arts Lab is an immersive and intensive, two-week program of provocation and mentoring designed to stimulate ideas and extend artists’ knowledge. Participants will be invited to exchange ideas, work collaboratively and contribute their experience, toward the development of temporary, public-space artwork proposals. 

During the Arts Lab artists will have the opportunity to work with creative practitioners experienced in developing experimental, large-scale, site-specific or public-participatory artworks. Acting as PROVOCATEURS, senior practitioners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, offering a range of creative and technical skills, to guide participants through a process of creative development, offering feedback on ideas as they emerge. Artists will be encouraged to think in new ways about the presentation of art for the festival context and to tackle the logistics involved in scaling up for complex and ambitious projects.

The 2018 Arts Lab will be held in Tasmania alongside THE UNCONFORMITY FESTIVAL. The dates for the Arts Lab are 12th - 26th October 2018.  A contribution to accommodation, flights costs, per diems and an honorarium will be provided for artists accepted into the Arts Lab program. Early career artists and creative practitioners who can demonstrate the potential to engage with festival audiences, work site-specifically AND artists prepared to take risks and embrace challenges, will be selected by the Situate Provocateurs. Up to fifteen artists from across Australia will be invited to participate, and you will have time to engage with Festival Directors and leading experimental artists.

The opportunity is open to creative practitioners working experimentally in the visual arts, design, architecture, fashion, digital media, installation, community arts, live art, performance and other creative pursuits. Eligibility criteria and submission requirements are detailed in the SITUATE ARTS LAB FAQ.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) are now closed.  Selected artists will be announced in January 2018.

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