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.
You may be wondering why we are strictly seeking applications for Creative Developments, and not presentation-ready productions like previous years.
In the past, the Metro Arts Performance Program has comprised of a combination of works from Call for Proposal applications, past creative development showings, and new works from artists with a standing relationship with Metro Arts. With the last few years of rescheduling and postponements of presentations due to COVID and weather events, we have previous presentation agreements in place which we need to honour.
While we may not be able to program your work in 2023, there remain opportunities available for Venue Hire in both our New Benner Theatre, and Studio spaces. We aim to keep our hire rates discounted and affordable for artists, so please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
This is a reciprocal partnership program supporting regional NSW and regional QLD artists to exhibit at both Firstdraft (Sydney) and Metro Arts (Brisbane). Across two years, this program supports two projects, one by regional NSW artists and one by regional QLD artists to be presented at both Firstdraft and Metro Arts. The program will feature exhibitions by early-career through to established practitioners working across a diverse cross-section of contemporary visual arts practice.
The program will emphasise quality contemporary practice that demonstrates innovation, experimentation, rigour and critical engagement.
In Round 1, a project by a regional NSW artist was selected through the 2022 Firstdraft Program Callout, to exhibit at both Firstdraft and Metro Arts.
We are now calling for proposals for Round 2, where a project by a regional QLD artist will be selected.
One project will be selected through this Metro Arts Call for Proposals to exhibit at both Metro Arts and Firstdraft in 2023. The applicant/s must live and work primarily in regional QLD. Please see the application guide for more information.