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Testing Grounds

Testing Grounds

If you are deaf, hearing-impaired, or speech-impaired, we ask that you call us via the National Relay Service. Alternatively contact us via email.

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How do I apply to use Testing Grounds? What’s the process?

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Please fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) form and we will get back to you generally 2-4 weeks after it has been submitted. We will generally have a meeting on site with you following this if we wish to proceed with the project, and then we will send you a project agreement. Once this is submitted and approved by Testing Grounds you will be given login details to our website, which enables you to download specification documents that will help you plan your project, complete the media kit for inclusion in the calendar and, once the project is complete, fill out the acquittal form.

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When can I apply to use Testing Grounds?

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We have an ongoing EOI process so apply when you are ready with a fully formed idea about what it is you want to do and why.

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Who can apply to use Testing Grounds?

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Anyone! We welcome creative practitioners at all levels of practice and across all creative disciplines.

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I have some questions before I apply.

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The answer may be in these FAQs but if you cannot find it here you can email arie@theprojects.com.au. You can always visit us on site as well.

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What spaces are available?

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There are a range of spaces available suiting different scales and types of projects. We strongly encourage you to come down and have a look before submitting an application. There is the Open Box, Black Box, White Box, Clear Box and Superstructure.

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What is the Superstructure?

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What isn’t the Superstructure?! The superstructure is the steel grid that goes over the site connecting all the indoor spaces. This is a multifunctional piece of infrastructure that can be used in a variety of ways for a variety of creative purposes. Discuss the possible use of this structure with Testing Grounds when planning your event.

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Is each space dedicated to a particular activity?

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You can propose any activity for any space. For example, just because you are a visual artist it doesn’t mean you have to exhibit in the White Box; a performance doesn’t have to take place in the Black Box.

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What can I do on site?

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Testing Grounds exists primarily for creative purposes – all arts-based activities are welcome! Generally speaking Testing Grounds is a robust site and you can get away with doing some things you can’t do in a normal arts venue.

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Being a public space, what if my project contains nudity or is explicit?

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Is it art? We support all artistic expressions. We will discuss the parameters around your project to ensure that it is safe for your audiences and safe for you.

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Will I be the only artist on site?

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Testing Grounds is a public and multi-use site for creative projects, and therefore other projects will be occupying the site at the same time. The beauty of Testing Grounds is the size and capacity for multiple simultaneous projects.

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What if I need access to the site outside of public open hours?

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Creative practitioners may gain access to the site outside public open hours in negotiation with Testing Grounds.

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Can I sell tickets?

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Yes. We do not become involved in the ticketing of your activity and we do not take a fee for independent, non-commercial projects.

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Can I have exclusive use of the site?

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No.

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Is the site licensed?

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Yes.

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Can I bring alcohol on site?

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No. Please keep in mind that proceeds from the bar support keeping Testing Grounds free for artists to use- it’s ethical drinking!

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Can we bring our own food?

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You can!

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Can I sell my art at Testing Grounds?

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Yes, though we don’t handle any artwork sales and all proceeds will go 100% to the creative practitioner.

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Do you have power?

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We have 240 volt power and three phase if required.

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How much power can I draw?

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Generally we have 10amp 240v supply.

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Do things need to be tested and tagged?

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Yes.

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Does the site have flat access?

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Yes.

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Amenities?

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We have unisex and flat access toilets on site.

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I don’t know how to install a projector. Can you help?

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We can give advice, and depending on the size of your project, we can help. If it’s a medium or large project, we encourage you to hire a technician or an artist who has the expertise to help. We can recommend someone if necessary.

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I have sound elements, can I access speakers for my project?

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It can be arranged. A portable PA and mixer can be set up in any of the boxes (subject to availability).

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I want to have an exhibition. Do I need to invigilate?

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No, but if you are using valuable equipment we encourage you to consider how to secure it. You will need your own contents insurance to be covered in case of theft.

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Can I attach my work onto walls or the steel and the general surrounds?

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You absolutely can, as long as the site is returned to its original state.

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Can I bring my car on site?

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For bumping in and out, sure. Otherwise there is a car park next door. If you can please let us know prior to arriving so we can make sure the site is clear.

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What lighting do you have on site?

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Each space comes with ceiling lights and we have limited other simple lights available.

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Can I bring my own lighting?

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Yes. We will discuss power requirements with you and sometimes ask you to provide us with a lighting plan.

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Is there a limit on light pollution?

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We have a number of residential towers close to Testing Grounds and we are respectful of our neighbours, so we try and keep light spill to a minimum.

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Can I have access to the workshop?

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Yes, when there is a Testing Grounds staff member on site.

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Am I able to store objects on site?

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We have drop-off points for short storage while projects are being installed/deinstalled. Generally if you want to store items for the duration of the project you should find space within the specific space provided to you.

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Do you advertise for me?

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We include your project on the Testing Grounds website calendar and we might also include it in our e-newsletter and Instagram.

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Can we advertise ourselves?

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You most certainly can – this is your project and you are in charge.

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Do I need to have the Testing Grounds logo listed on all my marketing collateral?

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Not needed. Testing Grounds will only supply a logo in our project management portal if you would like one but it is not a condition of using our site.

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Do I need a site induction?

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If you are installing anything, exhibiting anything, or on site at any time Testing Grounds staff are not here, yes. 

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What happens if it rains?

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It rains! (But surprisingly it doesn’t actually rain that often…) There are some indoor spaces but generally we are an outdoor space so its always good to have a contingency plan up your sleeve.

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Is there security provided?

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We do not provide security as we are an open public space. Discuss this with us if you think it’s necessary.

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Am I able to record video or sound and take photographs?

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Sure thing!

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Is there first aid on site?

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Yes. But please be careful!

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Do I need to bring a ladder for install?

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We have a safety ladder on site.

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I am deaf or I have a disability and I am not sure how to communicate with Testing Grounds?

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We want to work with you to provide accessible experiences for deaf or disabled artists and audiences for your project. Please let us know if you need extra assistance for your project to make it more accessible and we will see what we can do.