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Testing Grounds

Testing Grounds

Submit an Expression of Interest


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You can apply to use the Superstructure and outdoor grounds of Testing Grounds for a wide variety of creative projects,  including education, public art, live-art, festivals or events.

Projects can be proposed for any areas of the outdoor site. The indoor spaces are occupied by artists studios and Community Precinct coffee shop.

Read more about the program below before submitting an Expression of Interest.

Please note: Testing Grounds is accepting EOIs for projects to be presented on-site before March 30, 2020.


Program objectives

  • Seeing what emerges when divergent groups come together on-site and work alongside and with each other
  • Seeing how the infrastructure can be used in new and unique ways
  • Pooling of knowledge, information and resources for sharing

Program outcomes

  • A creative and education-based program that enhances the community use of Testing Grounds
  • An online archive, documenting and collecting information about the project
  • More agency to be creative
  • More experimentation, more innovation and more discovery
  • An infrastructure project, that provides low-cost space, facilities and equipment and project management support for artists to self-produce and self-curate projects

Selection of projects

  • Testing Grounds programs on an ongoing basis through the online EOI portal
  • Testing Grounds reviews all EOIs and select projects that are considered to be experimental, site-responsive or related to creative education
  • We value projects that bring a diversity of creative practice, cultures and people to the arts precinct
  • We program to find value in creative experience, as well as supporting artistic merit

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 for a chat.

Your project could last one minute or one year – we are open to possibilities.

Projects with minimal impact on the site and are within our standard hours of operation are free, while larger scale projects and events might incur a site hire levy to help assist with the costs of additional staffing.  

Multiple projects may be on site at the same time and the Superstructure is also under continual use by our studio artists.