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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? Whats the process?

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Please fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) form and we will get back to you soon after. We will generally have a meeting on site with you following this, and when the EOI is accepted, we will send you a detailed application form. Once this is completed you will be given login details which enables to download documents, 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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It’s a public space so 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, unless exclusive use of the site has been negotiated. The beauty of Testing Grounds is the size and capacity for multiple simultaneous activities. This cross-programming often creates interesting outcomes for practitioners and the public.

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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! However we are a public space and do not action off areas. Anyone is welcome to interact with the happenings on site. 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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You need to discuss this with us as it might become a commercial use and therefore be charged a commercial rate.

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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 the residency program – 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 we cook our own food?

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Yes, we have one meat BBQ and one vegetarian BBQ on site for public use. A gold coin donation is always appreciated to keep the gas bottles full.

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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 a sound element to my video, can I access speakers for my project?

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It can be arranged. The Black Box and the White Box come with a PA and mixer and the Superstructure has speakers that can be run off QLab.

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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. Ask us about insurance as we can give you advice.

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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, depending on what your work is and 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 some 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.

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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 in the fortnightly mail-out

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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 if we are an associate producer of your project.

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Do I need a site induction?

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Yes, if you would like to use the workshop and any of the power tools.

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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 artists and creative practitioners to be able to use Testing Grounds. Some of our staff are currently training in Auslan and would love to practice this with you. We will work with you to provide accessible experiences for deaf or disability artists and audiences for your project.