New Way Forward for Proximity in 2016-17

We are thrilled to announce that 2016 will be a landmark year for Proximity as we move to a biannual Festival.

The shift to a biannual model will offer artists longer lead-time to develop their works in-situ with the support of national provocateurs.

Since 2012 Proximity has seen the commission of 48 new intimate one-on-one artworks by some of Australians most urgent voices. Our audiences have meditated on the breath and planned their remains after death at PICA, climbed rooftops in search of love and sat behind the wheel with a learner driver at Fremantle Arts Centre, disappeared into cinematic imagination and karaoked full throttle to Whitney in the middle of the Art Gallery of WA foyer, and learned how to take a 3 minute shower in the change rooms of The Blue Room Theatre.

We are hugely proud that Proximity is becoming a valued catalyst for new possibilities of contemporary performance practice in Australia and that institutions in WA are radically reshaping their programming and use of their buildings as a result.

The next Proximity Lab will take place in the first two weeks of December 2016. Curated artists will take part in a two-weeks of workshops and development time, leading into the premiere in late 2017.

The 2016-17 Festival Provocateur is Jeff Khan, Artistic Director of Performance Space who is one of the revered curator/ directors in Australia. The Proximity Festival venue and full program will be announced in mid-2017.

Expressions of interest to take part in the 2016 Lab are now open.
Interested artists are encouraged to send:

  • Biography (300 words)
  • Summary of a one-on-one idea you wish to develop in the lab (400 words max)

Expression of interest closes Monday 10 October 2016, midnight to:

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


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