Arts Hub November 2015 By Zoe Barron
“This year, the Proximity Festival is stronger than ever. There was still a timidness to some of the pieces, but it’s undercut by a deft curatorial hand, just out of view. The performances, as well as the structure of the festival, are executed with a sure and playful confidence. This year, the Proximity Festival turns four, and its maturity – blatantly demonstrated in venue – is palpable.”

The West Australian 2015 By David Zampatti
“The annual Proximity Festival moves to the pointy end of the plane this year, taking up residence in the elegant surrounds of the Art Gallery of WA after stints in the Blue Room, PICA and the Fremantle Arts Centre. The dozen one-on-one performances and encounters that comprise the event are also an exploration of the gallery, from its grand exhibition halls to its deep-delved foundations. There’s sometimes a second layer of audience for the performances; gallery visitors watching the artist – and you – doing your things. Proximity is an impressive achievement..  It’s often instantly stimulating and it can be frustratingly elusive, but Proximity is never even remotely an everyday occurrence.”

RealTime issue #130 Dec-Jan 2016 pg. 12 by Nerida Dickinson
“Carefully curated programs A, B and C take the Proximity Festival’s audiences along distinct pathways of experience, whether individually or as a marathon effort of 12 consecutive unique engagements. At the Art Gallery of Western Australia, works are performed in a selection of open spaces and behind-the-scenes locations, sometimes mingling with gallery patrons in the festival’s new daytime schedule… This year’s works each provoke in different ways, from subject matter to presentation to startling self-revelation. Some site-specific works engage closely with the gallery’s surrounds, history and architecture. Some intensely personal works depend upon the audience’s own internal resources. Some are contemplatively conceptual and some see the audience become part of a public art piece. Proximity Festival breaks new ground in 2015, both with the profile of its hosting venue and in the careful selection of provocative pieces. No work seems included for novelty value alone, performers having developed tight conceptual expression and working to a consistently high standard… Curators Sarah Rowbottam and Kelli McCluskey continue to develop the skills and sensibilities of performers and audiences in the peculiar challenges of one-on-one performance, driving not only Proximity Festival’s future scope but possibilities across the entire form.

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2014 Media
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Dec/Jan 2014: Realtime Arts “Intimate Delights and Dark Disturbances – Proximity Review”
3 Nov 2014: Perth Artists – 5 Minute Proximity Documentary Video
30 Oct 2014: ArtGuide Australia “Performance Art Gets Up Close and Personal at Perth’s Proximity”
27 Oct 2014: The West Australian  “Up Close and Very Personal”
24 Oct 2014: The Conversation  “Performance Art Gets Up Close and Personal at Proximity”
22 Oct 2014: The West Australian  “Proximity reaches out to audiences”
16 Oct 2014: RTRFm Interview with Tarryn Runkle & Cat Jones 
13 Oct 2014: Community Newspaper  “Performer gets personal at Freo Festival”
Oct-Nov 2014 Realtime  “What’s Big About Being Small”
20 Aug 2014: Artshub “Performance Art for One”

2013 Media
4 Nov 2013: SixThousand “Proximity Festival Launch at PICA”
1 Nov 2013: Artshub “Proximity Festival 2013 – Program B”
Oct/ Nov 2013: RealTime “At Play with One-on-one”
30 Oct 2013: Artshub “Proximity Festival 2013 – Program C”
29 Oct 2013: The West Australian “Proximity Review”
28 Oct 2013: Artshub “Proximity Festival 2013 – Program A”
16 Oct 2013: Performing Lines WA “Interview: Loren Kroneymer”
16 Oct 2013: We Love Perth “Proximity Festival 2013 – Feature”
Oct 2013: The West Australian “Audience Participation in Proximity”

2012 Media
Apr/May 2012: RealTime 108 “The ups & downs of one-on-one”
20 Feb 2012: Australian Stage “Proximity Review”
14 Feb 2012: Perth Now “Proximity a festival for the curious and the brave”
4 Feb 2012: Out in Perth “In Proximity – James Berlyn”
31 Jan 2012: Western Suburbs Weekly “Up close and personal theatre”
25 Jan 2012: Artshub “Proximity Micro Festival Review”
25 Jan 2012: Drum Media “Close Proximity”
25 Jan 2012: Xpress Magazine “Proximity – it takes two”
24 Jan 2012: SixThousand “Proximity: Interview with Renae Coles”
17 Jan 2012: We Love Perth “The Creative – Sarah Rowbottam”
14 Jan 2012: The West Weekend “Playing to an audience of one”
12 Jan 2012: Performing Lines WA “Proximity: Interview with Renae Coles, Creator of The Union”

FORMULA1 Buggy Proximity Festival Opening 2014 Photo: Jarrad Seng