PLWA Artist Lab program

Imagine a space where ideas can bloom, be explored and debated. 

Imagine a space where there are no constraints or limits as to what you can explore and who you can collaborate with. 

Imagine a space where the focus is on experimenting rather than producing final outcomes. 

Imagine a space where you can be challenged, inspired and provoked. 

During four weeks, Subiaco Arts Centre will become a buzzing hub of activities, creative development, artistic explorations and inspiring conversations. 

Each week, we will have a curated program of small group discussions to unpack and interrogate specific topics as well as big picture provocations from some of WA’s most inspiring industry leaders.  

Some sessions will be open to the public, with limited capacity. Scroll down the page to view our weekly program and to register for any session. 

Wed 15 July

Small-Group Discussion
With the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSCI)

Meet with members of DLGSCI to talk about funding and find out more about how the department is responding to the COVID Pandemic and planning for the future. 

Time: 2-3pm
Where: Upstairs foyer, Subiaco Arts Centre

Thu 16 July

Practice Sharing
Body Rhythmelodics (1 of 3)

The original inspiration for this three-session series is the question “If we took as a starting point the performers capacity to generate sound, music and movement with their voices and bodies, what kinds of performance could we create?” Sessions include: vocal and somatic warm-ups; physicalised experiential explorations of rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and sonic concepts; vocal and movement improvisations. Open to everyone – all that is required is a sense of adventure!

Please note that attendance to the first session is compulsory as it lays the foundations for the next two.

Facilitator: Jamie David and Daisy Sanders
Time: 10am-1pm
Where: Studio

 

Small-Group Discussion
With Performing Arts Connections – National presenters snapshot

Find out what is happening on the national touring landscape and how presenters across the country are dealing with and responding to Covid-19. How can artists engage with PAC in the upcoming online exchange and connect with National presenters?

Invited guest: Katherine Connor, PAC’s Executive Director
Time: 11-12pm
Where: Upstairs foyer, Subiaco Arts Centre 

 

Invited Speaker
Why do we make art and who do we make it for?

Exploring the essential relationships between artists, producers, presenters and the public. Come to hear thoughts and provocations from Wendy who has twenty years experience in creating compelling multi-artform festivals, commissions, events and public engagement programs driven by a commitment to place, context, community, diversity and inclusion.

Invited guest: Wendy Martin
Time: 2-3
pm
Where: Main Auditorium, Subiaco Arts Centre 

 

Panel Conversation
Decolonising Arts spaces

How do we make our organisations and stories more inclusive of different voices and truly reflective of our society today? What can we do in the Arts sector right now to make this happen?

Panel: Caroline Wood, Shelagh Magadza, Sisonke Msimang and Kylie Bracknell
Time: 3.30
-5pm
Where: Main Auditorium, Subiaco Arts Centre 

Tue 21 July

Practice Sharing
Directors and Choreographers cuts

Discuss creating solo performance in practice and process with Sally Richardson and unpack creating work involving movement with Laura Boynes

Time: 2-4pm
Where: Undercroft Room

Wed 22 July

Small-Group Discussion
How to support indie artists and producers?

How can producers better support independent artists? How can Indie producers themselves be better supported? Discussion led by Jenna Mathie 

Time: 11am-12pm
Where: Upstairs foyer, Subiaco Arts Centre 

Thu 23 July

Practice Sharing
Body Rhythmelodics (2 of 3)

The original inspiration for this three-session series is the question “If we took as a starting point the performers capacity to generate sound, music and movement with their voices and bodies, what kinds of performance could we create?” Sessions include: vocal and somatic warm-ups; physicalised experiential explorations of rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and sonic concepts; vocal and movement improvisations. Open to everyone – all that is required is a sense of adventure!

Please note: each session builds on experience from the previous sessions. If you did not attend the first session you can still attend this one.

Time: 10am-1pm
Where: Main Auditorium, Subiaco Arts Centre 

 

Small-Group Discussion
International Collaborations

Living in one of the most isolated cities in the world, how will we continue to collaborate internationally to keep our work current and relevant when we can’t travel beyond WA.  Investigating new models of collaboration.

Facilitator: Rachael Whitworth and Emma Fishwick
Time: 10-11am
Where: Upstairs foyer, Subiaco Arts Centre 

  

Invited Speaker
EVA Grace Mullaley, Yirra Yaakin AD

A relaxed Q & A session with Eva Grace Mullaley to find out more about her practice, Yirra Yaakin and how current artistic practice and ‘Culture’ speak to each other. 

Time: 2-3pm
Where: Studio, Subiaco Arts Centre 

To attend any of these sessions, please fill out our

Registration Form

Tue 28 July

Practice Sharing
TaKeTiNa Rythm Process

The TaKeTiNa Rhythm Process is a playful somatic practice that cultivates a deeply embodied experience of rhythm. The process presents opportunities for fun, spontaneity, self- observance, musical expression, reflection and time to rest. No previous musical experience is necessary

Facilitator: Rebecca Bradley
Time: 2-4pm
Where: Studio, Subiaco Arts Centre 

Wed 29 July

Small-Group Discussion
Ethics of Storytelling

What are the responsibility and ethics of working with communities and sharing other people’s Stories?

Facilitator: Georgia King with Eva Grace Mullaley and Caroline Wood
Time: 2-3pm
Where: Upstairs foyer, Subiaco Arts Centre 

Thur 30 July

Invited Speakers
WA Arts organisations

Hear from the Artistic Directors of WA Performance Orgs. How are they responding to the Covid Pandemic?
What are their strategies to increase cultural inclusion?
How can we work more constructively as a WA Arts sector?

Guests:
Spare Part Puppet Theatre – Philip Mitchell
Fremantle Arts Centre – Jim Cathcart
STRUT dance – Paul Selwyn Norton
Yirra Yaakin – Eva Grace Mullaley
The Blue Room Theatre – Katt Osborne
WA Youth Theatre Co – James Berlyn
Tura New Music – Tos Mahoney
Co3 – Raewyn Hill
The Last Great Hunt – Arielle Gray
PICA – Tim Carter
PVI collective
Barking Gecko
Black Swan Theatre Co – Clare Watson

Time: 2-4pm
Where: Main Auditorium, Subiaco Arts Centre 

To attend any of these sessions, please fill out our

Registration Form

Wed 5 Aug

Small-Group Discussion
Artists at the forefront

Daisy and David will discuss future ways to imagine our sector where artists are not at the bottom of the pile.

Facilitator: David Pledger and Daisy Sanders
Time: 2-3pm
Where: Upstairs foyer, Subiaco Arts Centre 

Thur 6 Aug

Small-Group Discussion
Disability and Inclusion

How can our artistic practices be more inclusive?
Unpacking how to embed inclusion in the creative process rather than making it an after-thought or ‘add on’.

Facilitator: Sensorium Theatre and Wendy Martin
Time: 10am-11am
Where: Studio, Subiaco Arts Centre

 

Small-Group Discussion
Towards a radical interspecies storytime

Designer Bryan Woltjen is interested in the animal other. Telling their stories. Telling stories to them. Listening to them. Developing kinship with them & building a radical interspecies municipality. Part showing of a deep-dive into Animal Rights and the Arts (with the help of Dr Yvette Watt), and part provocation and ideas space for stories that involve them.

Facilitator: Bryan Woltjen
Time: 11am-12pm
Where: Studio, Subiaco Arts Centre

 

Panel Conversation
Major Festivals | Programming for 2021

Hear a snapshot from the Head programmers of major Australian festivals. How are festivals programming now and what are the hopes and vision for the future? How do they make decisions when curating a program?

Panel: Brisbane Festival, Ten Days on the Island and Melbourne Festival
Time: 2-3pm
Where: Main Auditorium, Subiaco Arts Centre

 

Invited Guest
Perth Festival | Programming

Drill down further into Festival planning during a relaxed session with Perth Festival. They can answer questions about how the National Festival scene works and tell you more about the future direction of Perth Festival in these uncertain times.

Guests: Iain Grandage and Anna Reece
Time: 3.30-4.30pm
Where: Main Auditorium, Subiaco Arts Centre

To attend any of these sessions, please fill out our

Registration Form

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