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Testing Grounds

Testing Grounds

EOIs for our 2021 Creative Development Program are now closed and we are no longer taking applications. The program will begin in February 2021 and run through to the end of June 2021.

Testing Grounds is seeking EOIs from creative practitioners who want support developing a creative project. The application process is as simple as submitting an EOI online telling us what you want to develop and we will see if we can help. As we are all working in and around COVID-19 this program is designed to be flexible and malleable to the needs of the individual practitioner.

The program is open to creative practitioners working across any creative discipline. We want to provide a space for you to learn things. Testing Grounds is a place where people at all levels can test, develop, experiment and share their work.

Image: Geoffrey Watson on-site at Midsumma Festival in 2017.


What you get

  • On-site shared studio space for 1 month, with 24 hours access;
  • At Home support for 1 month, with weekly meetings;
  • The outdoor site and unique infrastructure to experiment with;
  • An onsite work-in-development showing at the end of your time;
  • Meetings with our friendly staff, who can help you develop your project with practical industry advice, studio/ gallery technician expertise and administration support;
  • Peer-to-peer feedback on your project, from other creative practitioners in the program;
  • Assistance in organising studio visits with relevant industry professionals;
  • Public Liability Insurance that covers to 20 million, while on site;
  • Online Archive listing on the Testing Grounds Website, profile in our EDM and Instagram posting.

What we are looking for

  • Creative practitioners who want to work with us;
  • Creative practitioners who can clearly demonstrate what aspect of their project they want to develop;
  • Creative practitioners who can identify what sort of advice and support they need (e.g. critical feedback, project management, tech support) and are willing to spend time learning it;
  • Creative practitioners who will contribute an entry to our online archive at the end of their time with us;
  • Creative practitioners who want to experiment, rehearse, test, be courageous and are open to the unknown;
  • Creatives who like peer-to-peer critical feedback and those with generous spirits who want to be a part of a community.

Applications are due December 4th.

Outcomes to be announced by Friday December 11th.

First Nations, LGBTQIA+, POC and CALD arts practitioners are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about the program or for information and assistance on applying, please contact testing-grounds@theprojects.com.au.


Image: Photo by Warren Taylor

Get in touch

If you are interested in using Testing Grounds please submit this form and we will get back to you after our submission deadline (listed above). If you have any questions you can email us at testing-grounds@theprojects.com.au and we are very happy to point you in the right direction.

Applicant Details

Creative Development Details

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