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Public Art Park ’23 (Example)

In public: Experiment /​ Think / Collaborate / Test / Collect / Run / Talk / Cook / Develop / Share / Dance / Gather / Learn / Mark / Make 

Testing Grounds is calling for Public Art Park ‘23 participants.

This year’s program includes a six-week lab (7 August — 22 September) culminating in a two-week public program during Melbourne Fringe Festival (7 — 22 October).

Testing Grounds is located at Market Square within the Queen Victoria Market Precinct. We’re looking for contextually-led ideas for public spaces across any medium and duration. Individuals, collectives, students and practitioners from diverse creative fields are all encouraged to apply.

Applications are now open and close at 9pm on 12 July 2023

Let us know you are interested in being part of the program by submitting a simple application below outlining your practice, interests and initial ideas about working in public space and the market precinct, as well as your availability to participate in the program.


Civic; relating to and involving: 

  • being of this time and place, and negotiating public spaces collectively; 
  • long-form discourse – conversations rather than declarations; and
  • awareness of agency and obligations.

Conceptual; relating to and involving: 

  • thoughts, beliefs and principles;
  • collaboration and generation of ideas; and
  • acts of learning and experimentation.

Collegial; relating to and involving: 

  • shared responsibility, warmth and generosity;
  • learning alongside each other through doing; and
  • fostering group culture and cultures of place.

Convivial; relating to and involving: 

  • being friendly and lively; and
  • being accessible and hospitable; and
  • being thoughtful and engaged with the communities of the market.


  • Foster cultures of place.
  • Advocate for public spaces that can support live experimental processes of learning.
  • Position creative practice as an essential element of a market precinct.
  • Present works in production as a viable alternative to art objects.
  • Celebrate that particular energy from works being in production and working in public.
  • Hold space for live processes, risk and experimentation.
  • Timely, generatively critical, and actively engaged with context.


  • 28 June – 12 July: Applications open
  • 12 July at 9pm: Applications close
  • 28 July: Participants notified
  • 22 August – 7 September: Six-week lab focusing on development anchored by Thursday sessions from 11am – 2pm including shared lunch, and optional opportunities for development support and conversations.
  • 7 – 22 October: A public offering/test/experiment during the Public Art Park.

The Team

Testing Grounds is collaborating with Ilana Russell and Lana Nguyen to curate, program and deliver this project.


What we are providing

  • $1000 participant fee with superannuation, PLI and workcover.
  • In-kind use of Testing Grounds site and infrastructure for testing ideas and outcomes in public.
  • Shared collaborative space available 24/7 in Testing Grounds Emporium, within the Market Precinct.
  • Technical support and access to tools and AV equipment (projectors, monitors and PAs).
  • Support and mentorship from the cohort and PAP curatorial team throughout the development period.
  • Tailored six-week lab program, designed to enable rigorous engagement with the Market Precinct. This will include:
    • Immersion into market ecologies, through conversations with stallholders, staff, market publics and environment.
    • Talks program delivered by guest speakers, including from architecture, design, food, and spatial practice disciplines.
    • Preparation and sharing of weekly lunches, sourced from the market.
    • 1:1 producing support.

What we would like you to do in return

  • Utilise and benefit from the space, equipment and support provided.
  • Actively participate in the lab by engaging with the program of talks and workshops on Thursday mornings and shared lunches.
  • Engage with, assist in forming, and contribute to the culture of the group.
  • Be willing to collaborate beyond your personal practice while sharing what you know.
  • Share your practice and your ideas during the development phase in group workshops.
  • Develop a work for public showing, sharing or testing during Public Art Park.

Submit a PAP23 EOI (Example)

Tell us about your ideas

Why here? Why now?
What do you need to make your project happen? Money, equipment, audience, printing etc.
What kind of medium would you like to work with/in?(Required)

Your Details

Does anyone in your project identify as any of the following groups?
Share with us some of your previous work to give us an idea about who you are and what you do!
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