Festival Lab

A chance for emerging artists to be fully immersed in the Festival

Perth 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 within the context of our local and international arts environment.

An intensive program of events is created, responding to the Festival and opportunities that arise to engage with artistic companies and artists. This may include performances, discussions, workshops, gallery tours and attendance at rehearsals.

Lab participants are invited to connect with the Festival team and key arts industry representatives, providing insight into way a Festival is programmed and the context in which it operates.

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

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 workshop.

Applicants are encouraged to consider how they could benefit from participation in the program before applying.

Please contact connect@perthfestival.com.au to discuss if in doubt.

About This Opportunity

Date and Time

Festival Lab is an intensive program of events, performances and meetings. Participants should expect to be attending events most days/nights from 3 February – 1 March 2020. There will also be a small number of compulsory events from early January, and wrap up events until 6 March.

The draft schedule will give you an indication of the time required, however please note that the schedule will grow as further opportunities are confirmed, including approximately 10 mandatory sessions with artists and festival staff.


Perth Festival will arrange free tickets for all compulsory events.

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


Participants will be paid a stipend of $750 in acknowledgement of the time committed to participating the Festival Lab.

How to Apply

To apply, you need to:

  • Complete the application form below
  • Submit a video, no more than 4 minutes long that:
    • Tells us about yourself, your current artistic practice and goals
    • Outlines what you hope to achieve from participating the in Festival Lab
    • Introduces the themes, events or artists from the 2020 Program you want to engage with and why.
  • Accept the Festival Lab Terms and Conditions of participation.


Please get in touch with us if you require any assistance in preparing your application, including video response, or require Festival Lab information in a different format.

The Video

Applicants are encouraged to consider the selection criteria below in the preparation of your video and respond creatively. Please note that videos are not judged on aesthetic or production values, however any audio should be clear and copyright materials must be acknowledged appropriately.

Your video should be uploaded to a video hosting site for submission.

Selection Criteria

In choosing participants for the Festival Lab, we will consider your:

  • Readiness to participate and timeliness in relation to you artistic practice / career  
  • Desire to rigorously explore artistic practice and ideas
  • Interest in collaboration and critical enquiry
  • Demonstrated interest in the 2020 Festival program
  • Commitment to participation (availability to attend Festival Lab scheduled events)

Important Dates

Applications Open: Thursday 31 October 2019

Applications Close: Midnight, Sunday 1 December 2019

Outcome of Application Notification: Friday 13 December 2019

Festival Lab Activities: Early January – 6 March 2020

Regional/ remote assistance

Successful applicants based in regional or remote WA will be eligible to apply for the RAF Quick Response Grant (up to $2000) through Regional Arts WA. The grant is part of the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund initiative intended to assist artists and arts workers to take up extraordinary professional development opportunities such as the Festival Lab. Please contact Regional Arts WA for more information. For successful Quick Response Grant applicants, Perth Festival will contribute $1,500 (includes a $750 stipend offered to all Lab participants), making the total assistance for a regional applicant $3500.

Mandurah residents please note Regional Arts WA’s conditions.


Perth Festival is committed to ensuring its programs are open and accessible to all people and all communities.

We welcome responses to the following questions to be submitted as an audio or video file (max. duration 3 minutes) if that is your preference.
Although every effort is made to design this schedule around individual commitments, participants will be expected to mandatory sessions where required.

Terms and Conditions are located on this page in the above info

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