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Testing Grounds

Testing Grounds

Terms and Conditions outline key information and your obligations when using the site and our obligations to you. If you have any questions about these terms and conditions, which form the agreement between you and Testing Grounds, please contact us.

1.1 Temporary Infrastructure

Testing Grounds is not a company, an institution or an organisation. We are an infrastructure project that provides creative practitioners experimental spaces, facilities and equipment, until July 2019.

1.2 Creative Practice

A broad term to encompass all creative fields of art, theatre, design and architecture, including film, music, new media, writing and spoken word.

1.3 Creative Practitioner

Creative practitioner is used in place of artist in order to broaden the definitions of contemporary artistic practice. Creative organisations or companies using the site are referred to as creative practitioner in this terms and conditions document.

1.4 Ongoing Expression of Interest

Testing Grounds is programmed through the ongoing EOI process. This means that the EOI is always open for submissions.

1.5 Emerging

A term commonly associated with young artists and experimental practice,Testing Grounds acknowledges that the creative practitioner who desires to break new ground might always be considered emerging (Glass-Kantor. A & Cormack. E, “Well Merged: Artists at the End of their Era”, 2013). Therefore Testing Grounds does not select projects based on age or years of experience.

1.6 Experimental

Testing Grounds understands that experimental is described by what it is not – a defined or standard model of practice. Testing Grounds is a site for creative practitioners to test new ideas or methods. Testing Grounds acknowledges that experimental creative practice has a practice-led-research method.

1.7 New

The term new acknowledges all that has come before it. A project that is new can take an already existing idea and transform it to begin anew. The project is therefore being seen or experienced for the first time.

1.8 Site-responsive

To respond to conditions of the site and its immediate physical context. To consider the infrastructure, facilities and location when forming, producing or devising the project.

1.9 Institution

Testing Grounds is not an institution. There are some similarities and there are differences. Testing Grounds is a temporary project and its longevity and sustainability is not a primary focus. Therefore, risks may be taken, boundaries pushed and ideas developed in new and experimental ways.

1.10 Project

Project is used to describe any creative activity taking place on site, be it an exhibition, performance, workshop or panel discussion. The term acknowledges all creative activity as practice-lead research rather than outcome or product.

1.11 Calculated Risk

The creative practitioner who uses Testing Grounds is invited to take calculated risks. Risk can be conceptual, physical, material or financial and therefore the potential for failure is invited to be undertaken with full awareness that their may be consequences.

1.12 Install/De-install

Install/de-install refers to setting up, bumping in, packing down and bumping out of a project. The process of install should include everything that is required in order to present or commence the project. The de-install process should include everything required to return the site to its original state.

1.13 Marketing Copy

Marketing copy is a clear and simple description of a project. It describes the what, who and when of the project, and should make the reader want to experience the project. Your marketing copy is different from your artist statement or media release.

1.14 Media Release

A media release has a bigger word count and is exclusively used for publicity to journalists, media organisations or interested parties.

1.15 Hero image

A hero image is the primary image that illustrates the project used for listings and all marketing of the project. A hero image should not contain the project title or any text and should be a high- quality image that is indicative of the project.

2.1 Project Lifespan

Testing Grounds is a short-term project with an expected life span of three years commencing November 2016.

2.2 Cross Programming

Testing Grounds is a large site with multiple spaces for creative projects and therefore projects may often occur simultaneously. These cross-overs in programming are encouraged by Testing Grounds.

2.3 Archive

Testing Grounds web-based archive collects information for public access. At the conclusion of a project, access to the archive is made available to the creative practitioner for them to submit photos, reviews, critical writing and documentation. The creative practitioner is encouraged to add to their archive at a later date if their project develops or is re-presented elsewhere.

2.4 Project Management Login

Once the project agreement has been submitted and approved, the creative practitioner will receive the project management login details, where they’ll able to upload and download documents that support and promote the project.

2.5 Publicity

Project listings and publicity will commence four weeks prior to the commencement date of the project.

2.6 Reason and Negotiation

Testing Grounds understands that every creative practitioner and every project have different requirements. Testing Grounds operates on the basis that things are best worked out in conversations and with mutual understanding.

The relationship between the creative practitioner and Testing Grounds is reciprocal. Testing Grounds offers free space and a supportive environment for creative practitioners within Melbourne’s arts precinct. All projects at Testing Grounds contribute to the research into new, experimental and emerging models of creative practice, and inform the future of Testing Grounds.

If a project breaches one of the following obligations below, Testing Grounds reserves the right to cancel the project immediately.

3.1 Communication

Communicate with the Testing Grounds staff members in a timely manner when asked to.

3.2 Timely Delivery

Be responsible for the timely delivery of projects and be present for installation and de-installation of projects.

Have any public outcome aspects of the project open and accessible to the public for the full duration of the advertised hours and dates.

Acquit projects within 4 weeks of the completion date. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete!

3.3 Documentation

Be responsible for the primary documentation of the project. Testing Grounds may provide documentation but it is the creative practitioners responsibility to ensure the project is well documented.

3.4 Risk Management

Comply with all lawful and reasonable directions given by a Testing Grounds staff member, including risk management procedures.

3.5 Safety

Ensure that any electrical equipment, such as theatre lights, projectors, monitors and other non-domestic appliances, used on the sites has been tagged and tested.

3.6 Marketing and Publicity

Respond in a timely manner when asked for information that may assist in the publicity of the project. The creative practitioner agrees to work with Testing Grounds to edit publicity and marketing material when required.

3.7 Consent

Get written or recorded permission for the inclusion of any creative content in the project that is not their own, from the person who owns the intellectual property rights.

3.8 Legacy

  • Check the cultural appropriateness of projects.
  • Testing Grounds supports the ‘nothing about us without us’ policy.
  • Do not include any content that is racist, homophobic, sexist, transphobic or culturally insensitive in any way.
  • Testing Grounds reserves the right to terminate projects that are offensive or deemed physically or culturally unsafe for other people and will uphold Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, 1975.

3.9 Care Taking

Return the space to its previous state once the project has finished and has been de-installed.

3.10 Public Liability Insurance

The Creative Practitioner has appropriate PLI for high-risk activities and has discussed this with Testing Grounds.

3.11 Accessibility

The Creative Practitioner must keep the site accessible by keeping wheelchair access clear at all times.

3.12 Shared space

The creative practitioner acknowledges that Testing Grounds is a shared site and that they might be asked to share facilities and equipment and audiences with other projects.

The creative practitioner acknowledges they cannot control all environmental factors of the site, such as noise bleed.

3.13 Noise restrictions

The creative practitioner will comply with sound level restrictions outlined the Marshal Day Acoustic report and will comply with all directions given by Testing Grounds staff without hesitation.

For music events, the creative practitioner must use the sound limiters supplied with the PA and hire a sound technician when requested by Testing Grounds.

The relationship between the creative practitioner and Testing Grounds is reciprocal. Testing Grounds offers free space and a supportive environment for creative practitioners within Melbourne’s arts precinct. All projects at Testing Grounds contribute to the research into new, experimental and emerging models of creative practice, and inform the future use of the site.

For the duration of the project Testing Grounds is obliged to follow these guidelines:

4.1 Authorship

Acknowledge and credit the creative practitioner’s project appropriately, as defined by the project information submitted in the Project Agreement, in any marketing or media.

4.2 Hosting and the role of the caretaker

Provide an approachable Testing Grounds staff member during all hours of public access.

4.3 Equipment and technical assistance

Hiring of a technician to help with the installation of your project if requested, with costs to be covered by creative practitioner.
Hiring of equipment if requested, with costs to be covered by creative practitioner.

4.4 Documentation

Hiring of photographer/videographer to help document your project if requested with costs to be covered by creative practitioner. Testing Grounds will help facilitate these relationships and all contracts and agreements will be made between the creative practitioner and the contractor providing the hire. Any documentation shall be provided to Testing Grounds at their request.

4.5 Archive

Archive your project on the Testing Grounds website for public viewing and provide the creative practitioner access to editing this archive in the future.

4.6 Cross Programming

Ensure that other projects simultaneously occurring on site do not have a negative impact on the creative practitioners project.

5.1 Intellectual Property resides with Creative Practitioner

Testing Grounds does not claim ownership of the project and acknowledges that the creative practitioner retains all intellectual property rights for the project.

5.2 Testing Grounds Documentation of projects

Testing Grounds reserves the right to document any project on site through photography or sound. Testing Grounds is granted royalty-free rights to use documentation on their website and social media for publicity for the next three years from the completion date of the project.

5.3 Editing text

Testing Grounds reserves the right to edit any text supplied by the creative practitioner for inclusion on the Testing Grounds website, social media and e-newsletter.