Festival Lab

For WA emerging artists in any artform

Festival Lab is an opportunity for emerging practitioners from across disciplines to get stuck into the big ideas in the Festival program, and to reflect on their own artistic practice. 

Festival Lab is an opportunity for emerging practitioners from across disciplines to get stuck into the big ideas in the Festival program, and to reflect on their own artistic practice.

Festival staff curate an intensive program of events for the Lab in response to the Festival and the engagement opportunities that arise with companies and artists. This may include performances, discussions, workshops, gallery tours and attendance at rehearsals.

Importantly, the Lab creates an opportunity to find community within the cohort itself, creating relationships with artists and practitioners from other disciplines over an intensive period of discussion and discovery.

Perth Festival 2022 is celebrating Wardan: our turbulent ocean, the calming seas, the journeys made across water and the joy we have beside it. Through the Lab, participants will be invited to connect with local arts industry representatives and the Festival team, providing insight into the way a Festival is programmed and the context in which it operates

There are no outcomes associated with the Lab. This is an invitation to make space for contemplation and inquiry, and a vehicle for connecting with artists working in different ways – but not a skills development program.

Applicants are encouraged to consider how they could benefit from participation in the program before applying. Please contact [email protected] to discuss if in doubt.

The Lab is open to emerging West Australian based artists and arts practitioners. Artists from any discipline, including visual art, music, film, literature, new media and performance are encouraged to apply.  

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and people who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse, regardless of experience.  

We are not imposing limitations on length of practice; however, you are encouraged to consider whether you identify as emerging in the context of your practice and industry. As a guide, the Australia Council for the Arts defines emerging artists as within the first five years of their practice.

If you have questions about your eligibility or require assistance in submitting your application, please email [email protected]

The Lab is an intensive program of events, performances and meetings with a busy but deeply enriching schedule. Participants should expect to be attending three to four workshops and three to four evening performances per week from 7 February – 6 March 2022.

Perth Festival will arrange free tickets for all compulsory events.

There may be instances for optional events where you would need to pay for your own ticket if you chose to attend. In these instances, Perth Festival will endeavour to arrange discounted tickets.

To allow you more capacity to engage, we will pay each participant a $1000 stipend. Furthermore, we have extra funding support for regional artists and artists with a disability.

Successful regional applicants will have access to up to $5,000 to contribute to accommodation and travel. 
We also have funds available for any disability support needs, which will be discussed with successful applicants supported by My Place. 

Application process

Applications are now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted.

Important dates

Applications Open: Mon 15th November 2021

Applications Close: 9am Mon 29th November 2021

Notification of Participation: Fri 17th December 2021

Terms and Conditions

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