2021 PLWA Creative Hub

31 May–18 June 2021
Subiaco Arts Centre
Subiaco Arts Centre, WA

Supporting 55 mid-career Western Australian independent artists.

The Creative Hub is the singular event in the WA arts ecology that brings artists & industry-heads together, providing time and space to reflect, question, learn and share.  It is a future-focused site for breaking down silos and knowledge-sharing within the sector: fostering critical thinking and developing innovative new ways of working.   

The 3-week program at Subiaco Arts Centre will facilitate interdisciplinary artistic practice sharing, creative developments, panels & conversations.  With roots stretching deep into the wider sector, 55 mid-career independent artists will be paid to attend, develop and drive the content of the Hub to suit their diverse needs.

MAY 31 – JUNE 18, 2021

Subiaco Arts Centre, WA

Selection process

Produced by Performing Lines WA who are working alongside an Artist Advisory, 25 artists will be selected via an EOI including 5 regional artists supported by Circuitwest.  A further 13 artists will be directly supported by a number of Western Australian performing arts organisations to be a part of the artist cohort, along with 12 emerging artists from our CALD Artist Lab.   

The Creative Hub will begin with a compulsory 2-day intensive Monday 31 May – Tuesday 1 June 2021.   

Please click HERE to apply.

EOI closes at 11pm, Monday 26th April. Applicants notified on Friday 30th April 2021.

Ambitious Mid-career Artists

We are looking for mid-career artists who take creative risks, challenge the status quo and want to be part of a strong arts ecology.  Selected artists will demonstrate an interest in cross-artform collaborations, generosity in practice-sharing, willingness to contribute to the sector and capacity to follow through on opportunities that arise from the Hub.  Artists will represent multiple artforms and a true diversity of demographics.  


Each artist will be paid a $1,500 fee to attend the Hub for a minimum of 6 days across the 3-weeks.

In addition, CircuitWest will support regional artists with up to 2 weeks of travel, accommodation and per diems.

Curated Program

A public program of showings, industry discussions and provocations from Arts Leaders will be curated to encourage open access to our artistic community.  If you would like to receive direct information about the program, please email rachael@performinglineswa.org.au OR, follow us on social media. 



Artist Advisory

Following our 2020 Creative Hub, the Artist Advisory was established to ensure the program continued to be artist responsive.  The group has been working with PLWA since late last year to help in securing funding, assess artist EOI’s and provide new perspectives in curating the program.  Four artists were selected from an EOI process to represent a diverse pool of skills and experience, including Melissa Cantwell, Grace Chow, Alex Desebrock and Daley Rangi.

Melissa Cantwell

Writer and Director

Melissa is a director, writer and Creative Director of The Kabuki Drop. She has a BA (Film, ECU) and post-graduate Bachelor of Performing Arts (Directing, WAAPA). Her works are characterised by their theatricality and playful use of form. She takes a holistic and inclusive approach to her practice and is committed to the collaborative process.

For The Kabuki Drop: The Average Joe (Fringeworld); Blink (Winter Arts Festival); Slap and Tickle (Adelaide Cabaret Festival); The Elders Project (Fremantle Festival) and Whale Fall (Perth Festival 2021). Previous roles include Artistic Director (Perth Theatre Company); Associate Director (PTC) and Program Manager (The Blue Room). She received an Emerging Leader’s fellowship from the International Society for Performing Arts and has been a guest artist and speaker for numerous national organisations and institutions. 


Grace Chow

Theatre-maker, playwright and actor

Grace is an emerging Asian-Australian theatre-maker, playwright and actor who trained in the Bachelor of Performing Arts at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (2020). Her work, which primarily takes place on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja, strives to embrace humanity, insanity and ask the questions that we truly do not know answers to. She has worked with various Australian theatre companies such as Black Swan State Theatre Company, WA Youth Theatre Company, Australian Theatre for Young People, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Squid Vicious, PROPAGATION NATION and Public Service Announcement.

Her recent performance and performance-making highlights include WAYTCo’s multi-national-award-winning hit REST (2019), Dance Myself to Death at the National Studio Residency (2019), her solo show Noodle Shop on the Corner of Fifth Street (2020) at the Blue Room Theatre and Black Swan’s The Cherry Orchard. In 2020, Grace was a part of the Performing Lines WA Culturally Diverse Artist Residency and continues to carry a passion for inclusivity, accessibility, and diversity in the Australian performing arts ecology.

Alex Desebrock

Social participatory artist

Alex is an independent artist based Whadjuk Noongar land (Perth). Her work spans interactive theatre, live art, installations, online and public interventions. Her practice focuses around empathy, connecting strangers, big questions and the child’s voice. Alex is passionate about creating high quality, insightful arts experiences for children and adults and is the lady behind Maybe (  ) Together which has presented works across Australia including Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Come Out Festival, Awesome Festival, The Arts Centre Melbourne and ArtPlay. Recent works include Every Day Super Hero, Small Voices Louder, Future Postal Service and Dear Hope Street.

Alex is a founder of FLOCK, an artist lead initiative that provides PD for and by Perth artists. She also initiated and admins the Facebook group Australian Arts Amidst Covid 19 which has over 20,000 active members. In 2019 Alex was awarded the Theatre Network Australia “Smashing It” award for an independent artist for her work in advocacy for independent artists. 

Daley Rangi

Performance maker, writer and visual artist

Daley is an eclectic multidisciplinary artist generating unpredictable and uncomfortable works through an intersectional lens. A proud advocate for neurodiversity and bodily integrity, they evade categorisation and invade the status quo. Daley spends their energy intensely focusing on speaking truth to power, nurturing marginalised voices, and encouraging social change. They create participatory live performance, write plays and poetry, and paint self-portraits and mountains. 

Daley is the 2021 recipient of the Performance Space Stephen Cummins Residency to continue developing their new participatory decolonial epic Porotehi, and their play Curiosity was nominated for the Griffin Award this year, opening up opportunities for three disabled actors to finally perform complex, layered characters. They also won the Midsumma Queer Art Award for their self-portrait Lipstuck, painted entirely with nail polish and lipstick. They have engaged with several local and national artistic development programs including Moogahlin Performing Arts’ Koori Gras, ATYP’s National Studio & Fresh Ink, Perth Festival Lab, PLWA’s CaLD Residency, Vitalstatistix Adhocracy, BSSTC’s Emerging Writers Group, and PICA & pvi collective’s KISS Club. 


Produced by
Performing Lines WA

Artist Advisory
Melissa Cantwell
Grace Chow
Alex Desebrock
Daley Rangi

Current dates & tickets

31 May–18 June 2021
Subiaco Arts Centre
Subiaco Arts Centre, WA
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Information for Presenters

Jen Leys Producer
Rachael Whitworth Senior Producer
Zainab Syed Producer

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

This initiative has been supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, CircuitWest and Subiaco Arts Centre via Perth Theatre Trust.

This program is also supported by a number of Western Australian performing arts organisations including Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, CO:3 Australia, Perth Symphony Orchestra, WA Opera, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Sensorium Theatre, the Blue Room Theatre, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Perth Festival, Strut Dance, The Last Great Hunt, Tura New Music, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and My Place.

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