Critical Mass

Expressions of Interest

 SELECTION CRITERIA

We are looking for work that is:

  • Critically rigorous and politically astute

  • Artistically ambitious, embraces risk, a challenge to make and exciting to achieve

  • Formally and conceptually experimental

  • Speaks to the Critical Mass theme “Crossroads”. We encourage you to be expansive in your thinking, and incisive in your expression

SITES

Blak Dot Gallery is a contemporary First Nations art gallery hosting visual art and adjoining performance in the Critical Mass program. Blak Dot has two indoor gallery spaces and outdoor areas for installations.

Brunswick Mechanics Institute is best suited to live art, theatre and choreography. The spaces are flexible and modular, and can host a wide range of happenings. You can invite audiences into the 111-seat black box theatre, 50-seater studio or turn the space on its head, push the seats back and make the space work best for you. We see seasons of work, working best in 4-6 show seasons, though are open to one-off events and smaller seasons.

Siteworks is best suited to critical talks, workshops, meetings and providing spaces to develop work. Offering work-rooms and open spaces perfect to shape configurations for engaging talks and host up to 100 people.

THE BLAK DOT OFFER

  • Free gallery space for visual art exhibitions and adjoining performances

  • Gallery 1 & 2

  • Billboards

  • Courtyard (installation or performance)

  • Curatorial and artists fees for up to 8 artists

  • Printed catalogue

THE BRUNSWICK MECHANICS INSTITUTE OFFER

  • A generous box office split: 70% goes to artists

  • Free venue hire including use of full festival lighting rig and AV

  • Marketing support including an event page on the BMI website and inclusion in a substantial marketing campaign

  • Technical support including bump-in support from the Mechanics’ Venue Techs

  • We’ll run your box office and front of house

  • Access to a professional theatre venue with dedicated staff

  • No added public liability insurance required

  • General producing and tour advice for interstate artists

THE SITEWORKS OFFER

  • Free space for critical talks, meetings and workshops

  • No box office split (we won’t take any fee)

  • Ad-hoc rehearsal space

ALL CRITICAL MASS ARTISTS ARE EXPECTED TO

  • Pay your Fringe Festival registration fee

  • Lead your own independent marketing and social media campaign

  • Provide us with a clear technical survey and marketing collateral by the outlined due dates

  • (Mechanics artists only) Bring your own operator – we’ll provide technical support during bump-ins, but you’ll need to provide an operator to oversee LX, SX and AV during your show

KEY DATES

CRITICAL MASS curation + registration dates:

  • Expressions of Interest open – Tue 23 April

  • Expressions of Interest close – Fri 10 May

  • Applicants notified (successful or not) – Mon 20 May

  • All info for registrations submitted to Critical Mass venue – Thu 23 May

  • All info and payment submitted to Fringe – Thu 30 May