In 2023, Metro Arts will continue to support the creative development of new contemporary works. The creative development program will feature works by early-career through to established performing arts practitioners. The program will emphasise quality contemporary practice that demonstrates innovation, experimentation, and critical engagement.
For us, the contemporary works we are looking for are new, ambitious and rule-breaking, by artists taking risks, creating, developing, and experimenting. Typically, we do not program traditional arts disciplines unless there is something that makes it fresh and exciting. Perhaps it’s genre bending/crossing and reimagined. Perhaps it’s an artform not typically envisioned in a theatre setting. Some artists Metro Arts have worked with in the past to create and premiere new contemporary work include Counterpilot, Pink Matter, Eve Klein and Taitu’uga Kitch Wesche.
The 2023 Call for Proposals does not invite applications for Metro Arts’ Performance Presentation Program. We are currently only seeking proposals for the Creative Development Program.
WHAT DO YOU RECEIVE?
We offer artists the opportunity to try out new ideas, new ways of working and new collaborations. The emphasis is on PROCESS rather than outcome – it’s about giving artists a space in which to experiment.
You will receive:
- A cash investment from Metro Arts of up to $5,000.00 (depending on the scale of the work).
- Time and space to experiment unreservedly with contemporary arts practice. You will have access to one of Metro Arts’ studios for up to 2 weeks (depending on the scale of the work).
- Venue-standard technical equipment. If you have specific or extensive requirements for your development, please consider this in your proposal.
- Creative mentoring and consultation with Metro Arts staff and other potential mentors – this will involve meeting with staff prior, during and post creative development.
- Industry links to develop pathways for your work, to audiences and market;
- The option to hold a private work-in-progress showing.