Liquid Architecture at Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2019, Image by Joseph Mayers.

Performance Space

Live Dreams - Call for Artist Proposals

Live Dreams is a new series of curated events for Performance Space’s 2020 Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, in which artists present their works- and-ideas-in-progress to test them with live audiences, receive feedback and discuss their next steps.

This year, the creative development of experimental work in familiar physical spaces – rehearsal rooms, studios, theatres, and via travel and residencies—has necessarily ceased. Performance Space is striving to support artists to continue creatively developing their work and honing their practice, often in inventive and resourceful new ways.

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 1 September 2020


There are five curated streams of LIVE DREAMS:

Curated by Anna Tregloan
Anna Tregloan’s Impossible Project surveys works that have been deemed
impossible, creating an archive of unrealised ambitions and an exploration
into the possibilities of impossibility.

Curated by Hannah Donnelly, open to First Nations artists
The end of your art world isn’t the end of ours. Things are going to be always
now. First Nations artists share from a future they care for.

Curated by Performance Space
Works that imagine the best and worst versions of our future world, and the
possibilities and pitfalls of reinventing our social, cultural and political

Curated by Performance Space
Works that seek to grapple with, refuse, resolve or revel in the multiple layers
of catastrophe we are experiencing.

Curated by Performance Space
Works that seek to imagine the world anew, seek beauty in the everyday, or
find hope in unlikely places.

What’s on offer?
Performance Space will provide:

+ An opportunity for you to present your work-in-progress to a live
audience for Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art
+ $300 AUD fee for presenting your work as part of Live Dreams

What outcomes does Performance Space expect?
Participants will be required to present a work-in-progress showing in a format representative of their practice (performance, talk, audio, screening) for a duration of up to10 minutes as part of Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, held at Carraigeworks.

Tuesday 18 August – EOIs Open
Tuesday 1 September 5pm – EOIs Close
Monday 7 September – Applicants Notified
21 – 25 October 2020 – Live Dreams presentation

How do I apply?
If you’re interested in applying, you will need to fill out the short form accessible through the APPLY HERE button below, by 5pm Tuesday 1 September 2020. We ask that you provide us with the following:
1. Outline your performance practice, experience and interests (up to 250 words)
2. Outline what you would like to present as a work-in-progress showing for Live Dreams. Include concept, form and technical requirements (up to 250 words)
3. Personal details
4. CV to attach
5. Support material – website, video links, images, writing samples. Please include 1 – 2 sentences per support material outlining what the work is, when/where it happened, what the context was. Our preference for support material is one single PDF with captions.

Please note that the following limits apply to support material:
No more than 10 images
No more than 3 x 1-minute video excerpts
No more than 3 x 1-minute audio samples
No more than 1-page of writing
Applicants will be notified by Monday 7th September 2020 on the outcome of
their application.


We encourage applications from
At Performance Space we prioritise diverse perspectives and voices. We especially encourage submissions – for all five Live Dreams themes – from First Nations artists, artists of colour, culturally diverse artists, women, LGBTQIA+ artists, and artists living with a disability. Please note that ALWAYS is only open to First Nations artists. Please let us know if you would prefer to apply in a different format or if there is any barrier for you in the submission process.

Am I eligible to apply?
+ Australian artists can be based anywhere in the world, though priority will be
given to artists residing in Sydney
Asia Pacific artists are those who self-identify as an Asia Pacific artist
This program is for artists with experimental and interdisciplinary practices

Need anything else clarified?
Feel free to get in touch with us:

Dino Dimitriadis – Festival Producer
Pronouns: they/them
Phone: 0415 315 111