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Proximity Festival Reveals 2015 Venue

Source: Proximity Festival


Cutting edge experimental art shakes up the Art Gallery of Western Australia this year as Australia’s only one-on-one performance platform Proximity Festival returns for its fourth instalment.



For the first time Proximity Festival will take place during AGWA gallery opening hours with intimate one-on-one performances embedded in the daily happenings of Western Australia’s oldest institutional gallery.


AGWA is an iconic architectural landmark housing the former police courts and some of States most important collections. Artists from all disciplines are invited to submit ideas for new 15-minute participatory interactions in this space. Performances may take place in private or publically occupied spaces throughout the building - the stairwell, offices, galleries, rooftop, libraries, and hidden and negative spaces.


Proximity is a highly intensive experience and an opportunity to collaborate with artists from all artforms, experiment in a mentored environment and develop new ideas for presentation. We are interested in projects that are socially, politically or culturally relevant; research based and explores a question, provocation or concept. Performances must be for one audience member at a time by one artist.


Festival co-curators Sarah Rowbottam and Kelli Mccluskey will be joined by a national curatorium of leading luminaries who will review submissions. Up to 20 works will be shortlisted, and artists are invited to present a showing of their work in-situ at AGWA (or via skype for interstate/ international applicants).


The 12 artists/ groups curated into the 2015 program receive an artist fee and participate in a two-week fee-free development Lab at AGWA prior to the Festival 28 October – 8 November. Co-facilitating the Lab with the Festival curators is international guest provocateur Helen Cole of In Between Time, whose curatorial prowess has made her one of the top artistic directors in the UK/EU.


Artists interested in applying are encouraged to attend a free public forum at AGWA on Saturday 28 March 2015 from 10:30am - 1:30pm to find out key information about the application process and curatorial guidelines, and get the first sneak peek at the spaces available in this unique venue.



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