9 - 20 February
After the last two years, experiencing a collective loss, this year's ArtsLab cohort will explore individual responses to big issues – connection to gender, connection to culture and identity, experiences of the day-to-day, questions for our nation's leaders and questions of death. In a time when we have experienced so much uncertainty now is the time to answer the big questions and be certain in our responses. Have we been here before? Is a two-week immersive festival of works from 8 emerging artists, exploring film, visual art, theatre, performance, poetry and soundscapes.
Image by Joshua Morris
Illustration by Lily Hayman
- Albert Lin - Of Stars and Streetlights
- Kobi Taylor-Forder - The Place Before the Place
- Frank Dwyer - Locomotion
- Sylvia Xin Zi - Fearless Identities
- Tom Crotty - Paris Nights
- Robbie Wardhaugh - PackRat
- Pratha Nagpal - माँ की रसोई
- Sophie Ward - Everything Working As Intended, Dad
My work is a spoken-word poetry performance exploring nature, suburbia and the mundane beauty that surrounds us. I aim to show the wonder and love that poetry can contain, and the stories it can tell.
Duration: 50 - 60 mins
After an accident, X awakens in a place of waiting, somewhere between life and death. She comes face to face with projections of her own subconscious, including the Parental Figure, who represents her culture and family trauma, the Virgin Mary, who embodies her feelings around faith, gender and death, and the Inner Critic, the biggest villain of all.
After deciding she’s going to fight to live, X sets out to learn life's lessons and find all the right answers before it’s too late. As the characters around her morph into her parents, friends, colleagues and lovers, she begins to realise it’s not about having the answers, it’s choosing life even when we don’t have them.
Duration: 60 minutes
Locomotion is a soundscape focused on what happens on the journey between Redfern and Carlton train stations. The sounds of the local suburbs, commuters, and the mechanical hums and hisses of train carriages and stations are woven together into a work that immerses the listener in their journey.
My project will reveal the life changes that happened to or are happening to the migrants living in Australia. I will tell their stories with portraiture and still life paintings of objects found in their household that reflect the changes or maybe compromises they made for living in this country.
Living for the weekend, Mark ventures up from Wollongong to Sydney’s Golden mile in search of adventure, release and community. A stage adaption of D M Crawford’s semi-autobiographical Paris Nights, this one-person show chronicles a story of love amidst sex, drugs and clubbing on Oxford St in the mid 80s.
Duration- 50 minutes
Pack Rat is a two-channel video work exploring gender as a constellation of physical sensations. The work will be created in collaboration with a group of "collectors" who will respond to a series of prompts encouraging them to explore their experience of gender. The work will consider ideas of queer joy, friendship, aesthetics, and archiving, and will ask its creators and audience to reflect on their own experiences of gender euphoria.
माँ की रसोई (Maa Ki Rasoi - My Mother’s Kitchen) is a theatre piece that employs domesticity as its systemically in place within South Asian cultures. Using the recipes passed down by the women in my family, माँ की रसोई unpacks the intergenerational lived experiences of immigrant mothers and their children.
Duration: 60 minutes
After uncovering the secret bugging operation Australia carried out in Timor-Leste, lawyer Bernard Collaery begins a journey through the arcane justice system to hold the government accountable. Everything Working As Intended, dad is a playful theatre show decoding of the real-life prosecution of Bernard Collaery and Witness K.
Duration: 60 minutes.
Single Tickets: Adult $25 / Concession $20 / Shopfront or Playwave Member $15 (Gallery Entry Included)
Wed – Fri 5.00pm / Sat - Sun 2.00pm
Showing at 107 Redfern
Shopfront Arts Co-op is a registered Covid Safe organisation.
107 Projects is a COVID Safe venue. Access 107's COVIDSafe Policy here.
All attendees must check-in on arrival and follow all Covid directives from staff and facilitators, as outlined by NSW Health Guidelines at the time of event.
Proof of vaccination, and check-in upon arrival are mandatory. Terms and conditions for entry and attendance are subject to the latest in NSW Health restrictions and are subject to last minute change.
The health and safety of all our guests are the number one priority, and this event has been designed to cater for covid-safe practices, distancing, sanitising and regular touchpoint cleaning.
The season will include an Industry Day with arts panels and networking opportunities for artists to share in discussions with some of the country’s leading artists, arts collectives and organisations. More information to be released soon.
This show is proudly presented by Shopfront with the support of the NSW Government through CreateNSW, and the Australian Government through the Rise Fund.