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Testing Grounds

Testing Grounds

The Testing Grounds program structure has been designed to suit a wide range of creative practices, including exhibitions and performance, experimental projects, residencies, education and discursive projects and festivals. Projects are welcome to utilise all areas of the site – the White Box, Black Box, Clear Box, Open Box and throughout the grounds and under the Superstructure.

Structure

Testing Grounds is free for creative practitioners who wish to have an exhibition or put on a performance.

Exhibition programming blocks out a three-week maximum period (including install and de-install), with 10 days of public exhibition per month in either the White Box or Black Box.

Exhibition openings are programmed to have an opening night event on the first Friday of each month. Performances are programmed the following week, with 4 days or night of possible public outcome, and 1 week of rehearsals or developments the week before.

If both the White Box and the Black Box are programmed with exhibitions in one month, the opening night events occur on the same night. There is opportunity to program one off performances on these opening nights when appropriate.

Objectives

  • Cross programming and what emerges when divergent groups come together on site and work alongside each other.
  • Developing relationships between Testing Grounds, the Arts Precinct, Melbourne’s broader community and the creative practitioner is important. Creative practitioners are strongly encouraged to create new, or strengthen existing, relationships. Testing Grounds will help foster these relationships by providing advice.

Outcomes

  • A fully realised and carefully considered exhibition or performance project for the general public.
  • The free space for exhibition or performance is an exchange of time, space and resources for a contribution to Testing Grounds’ own practice-led research in to new, experimental and emerging models of creative practice.
  • There is a focus on documenting, collecting and archiving information about the practitioner’s creative process. This is measured by the practitioner’s commitment to submitting documentation (sound, video, photography, drawing) and collateral (reviews, written reflections etc) of the exhibition or performance to Testing Grounds’ online archive.

Selection

  • Testing Grounds programs exhibitions and performance on an ongoing basis through the online EOI portal.
  • Testing Grounds reviews all EOI’s and select projects that are considered to be experimental, site-responsive and timely.

Structure

Testing Grounds is free for creative practitioners who wish to create an experimental project.

‘Experimental’ is described by what it isn’t – a defined or standard model of practice. Testing Grounds provides an unstipulated program structure and space which allows for experimental projects to occur all year round.

Experimental projects may be extremely short or long, miniature or immense. They can occur across the site within all spaces and are programmed around the exhibitions and performances program structure.

Objectives

  • Project Development provides creative practitioners the opportunity to seed new, experimental, emerging and ambitious ideas that take calculated risk.
  • Developing relationships between Testing Grounds, the Arts Precinct, Melbourne’s broader community and the creative practitioner is important. Creative practitioners are strongly encouraged to create new, or strengthen existing, relationships. Testing Grounds will help foster these relationships by providing advice.

Outcomes

  • The free space for experimental projects is an exchange of time, space and resources for a contribution to Testing Grounds’ own practice-led-research in to new, experimental and emerging models of creative practice.
  • There is a focus on documenting, collecting and archiving information about the practitioner’s creative process. This is measured by the practitioner’s commitment to submitting documentation (sound, video, photography, drawing) and collateral (reviews, written reflections etc) of the experimental project to Testing Ground’s online archive.

Selection

  • Testing Grounds programs experimental projects on an ongoing basis through the online EOI portal.
  • Testing Grounds reviews all EOI’s and select projects that are considered to be experimental, site-responsive and timely.

Structure

Testing Grounds offers two residency programs in the Clear Box – Buying Time and Studio Residencies with a dedicated space for a maximum of 21 days. 

In the Clear Box, four Buying Time residencies with a stipend of $1,500 are offered annually. The stipend is calculated at the minimum studio wage of $24.98 an hour (recommended by NAVA) and a minimum hourly commitment of 20 hours of studio time per week.

In any of the spaces, up to twelve Studio Residencies will be offered annually. These residenceis do not come with a stipend.

In addition to these two residency programs, Testing Grounds offers residencies which do not have a stipulated structure and a dedicated studio space of 21 days or a stipend. The terms of these residencies are negotiated with Testing Grounds, based on the artists needs.

In 2017 Testing Grounds is partnering with Footscray Community Arts Centre, Next Wave Festival and Yirramboi Festival to offer Studio Residencies.

Objectives

  • Exposure to the arts precinct and the city, these are urban residencies and therefore do not offer seclusion but exposure to the urban environment, people, the local arts community, precinct partners and arts organisations.
  • Developing relationships between Testing Grounds, the Arts Precinct, Melbourne’s broader community and the creative practitioner is important. Creative practitioners are strongly encouraged to create new, or strengthen existing, relationships. Testing Grounds will help foster these relationships by providing advice.

Outcomes

  • For the Buying Time and Studio Residencies there are no defined artistic outcomes but instead a focus on documenting and collecting information about the practitioner’s creative process. This is measured by the creative practitioner’s commitment to regularly submitting documentation (sound, video, photography, drawing etc) and reflections to the online archive.

Selection

  • Testing Grounds programs Buying Time residencies on an ongoing basis through the online Residency Nominations portal.
  • Testing Grounds programs Studio Residencies on an ongoing basis through the online EOI portal.
  • Studio Residencies may also be offered through partnership with festivals and organisations with the selection is conducted via their processes.
  • Testing Grounds reviews all EOI’s and select projects that are considered to be experimental, site-responsive and timely.

Structure

Seasonal Flags Project’s will be commissioned for the Testing Grounds flag poles.

Visible from City Road, Fanning Street and the Testing Grounds site and surrounds the flags will be raised for a maximum of three months.

Creative Practitioners are commissioned to create printed designs, use them as a painterly canvas or create works of art using mixed media. Each commission can extend to include writing, performance or new media to respond to the flags.

A small scale reproduction of the flags project commission will be used to label the Testing Grounds clean-skin wines for the duration that the flags are raised. Full proceeds are used to pay for other creative practitioners to undertake residencies and creative projects.

There are four flag poles in total that need to be used for each commission and the dimension of these flags are 180cm x 75 cm.

At the conclusion of each season, Flags are submitted to the Testing Grounds archive.

Outcomes

  • Four fully realised and conceptually rigorous flags that are viewed as contemporary artworks, developed in consultation with Testing Grounds.

Selection

  • Testing Grounds invites creative practitioners to take on the commission.

Structure

Testing Grounds is free for creative practitioners, curators, lecturers, teachers or community service workers who work in a creative capacity and wish to create an education or discursive project.

Education and discursive projects could take on any number of forms such as workshops, forums, talks, panels and discussion groups or reading groups. Testing Grounds provides an unstipulated program structure and space which allows for education and discursive projects to occur year round.

Experimental projects may be extremely short or long, miniature or immense. They can occur across the site within all spaces and are programmed around the exhibitions and performances program structure.

A project could also be suited to being programmed as an exhibition or performance or as a part of one.

Testing Grounds offers three standard workshops through ArtsConnect9 but may also provide these workshops to people who may not be eligible for ArtsConnect9.

Objectives

  • Project Development provides creative practitioners the opportunity to seed new, experimental, emerging and ambitious ideas that take calculated risk that may be conversation and education focused.
  • Developing relationships between Testing Grounds, the Arts Precinct, Melbourne’s broader community and the creative practitioner is important. Creative practitioners are strongly encouraged to create new, or strengthen existing, relationships. Testing Grounds will help foster these relationships by providing advice.
  • The objective of the ArtsConnect9 to provide regional young people with an opportunity to engage hands-on with contemporary art practices at a subsidised cost by the Arts Centre.

Outcomes

  • The free space for education and discursive projects is an exchange of time, space and resources for a contribution to Testing Grounds’ own practice-led-research in to new, experimental and emerging models of creative practice.
  • There is a focus on documenting, collecting and archiving information about the practitioner’s or educator’s creative process. This is measured by the practitioner’s or educators commitment to submitting documentation (sound, video, photography, drawing) and collateral (reviews, written reflections etc) of the Education and Discursive Project to Testing Grounds online archive.

Selection

  • Testing Grounds programs education and discursive projects on an ongoing basis through the online EOI portal.
  • Testing Grounds reviews all EOI’s and select projects that are considered to be experimental, site-responsive and timely.
  • Education and discursive projects must have relevance to artistic and creative practice.

Structure

Testing Grounds is free for independent creative practitioners, festivals and organisations, who wish to produce and curate a creative festival or creative event.

Testing Grounds provides an unstipulated program structure and space which allows for festival or evemt projects to occur all year round.

Specific programs or projects can be held at Testing Grounds as a part of larger external festivals.

Programming of festival projects occurs across the site in all spaces around the exhibitions and performances program structure.

Objectives

  • Project Development provides creative practitioners the opportunity to seed new, experimental, emerging and ambitious ideas that take calculated risk.
  • Developing relationships between Testing Grounds, the Arts Precinct, Melbourne’s broader community and the creative practitioner is important. Creative practitioners are strongly encouraged to create new, or strengthen existing, relationships. Testing Grounds will help foster these relationships by providing advice.

Outcomes

  • The free space for Festivals is an exchange of time, space and resources for a contribution to Testing Grounds’ own practice-led-research in to new, experimental and emerging models of creative practice.
  • There is a focus on documenting, collecting and archiving information about the festival outcomes. This is measured by the organisers’ commitment to submitting documentation (sound, video, photography, drawing) and collateral (reviews, written reflections etc) of the festival project to Testing Ground’s online archive.

Selection

  • Testing Grounds programs festival projects on an ongoing basis through the online EOI portal.
  • Testing Grounds reviews all EOI’s and select projects that are considered to be experimental, site-responsive and timely.