The creative program is designed to support a wide range of projects, including exhibitions, architecture and design projects, performances, interdisciplinary projects, residencies, 1:1 testing of public art, education and discursive projects and events and festivals. Projects can be proposed for any of the spaces or areas of the site – the White Box, Black Box, Clear Box, Open Box and throughout the grounds and under the Superstructure.
For 2019 Testing Grounds is seeking EOI’s for creative projects that benefit from sharing the site with other creative projects. We also strongly encourage projects that utilise the outdoor infrastructure and grounds.
As a provocation, we offer a manifesto to guide the program methodology…
Starting from a place of “yes” we accept as many projects as we can. We program to find value in creative experience, as well as supporting artistic merit and creative excellence.
How does it all come together?
Once you have submitted an EOI we will get back to you, generally within 2-4 weeks. If we want to proceed with your project we will invite you down to the site (assuming you live in Melbourne) for a chat with the intention of finding not just the best dates and space for you, but also the best experience for you by considering your project creatively in relation to the other projects on site.
We offer space for up to three weeks for the presentation of completed work, creative development and residencies.
The site operates all year round, Wednesdays-Saturdays (10am-6pm), and the first Friday of each month (6pm-10pm), for openings of exhibitions, performances, open-studios and other creative activities. On the first Friday of each month, we aim to go beyond projects simply opening side-by-side to create a non-linear creative program that offers an opportunity for projects to overlap, intersect, and build on each other.
Outside of this core creative program, projects could last one minute or one year. If you have an idea for a project that doesn’t fit anywhere else, we want to hear about it.
The site is free to use within our standard hours of operation. We are happy to open the site for public presentation outside of our standard hours of operation for openings, performances or any other creative activity, supported by a small cost to cover staffing. Creative practitioners will always get to keep 100% of tickets sold or artwork sales.
As an example, in March 2017, the following projects overlapped and shared the site, audiences, knowledge and experience on the first Friday of the month.