Adhocracy 2021

National hothouse for new art
Presented by Vitalstatistix

Vitalstatistix is now seeking proposals from artists for this year’s Adhocracy. Applications close 11:59pm Monday May 24.

Adhocracy is Vitalstatistix’s annual national hothouse, supporting the creative development and critical discussion of experimental, multidisciplinary arts projects. It is held at our heritage-listed venue Waterside (and surrounds) in Port Adelaide, Kaurna Yerta. The lab is in its twelfth year in 2021; and undertook a significant pivot in 2020 in response to COVID-19 – see for the rich archive of last year.

In 2021 we will return to our in-person lab and public live event. Artists from around Australia, selected through a national call, will spend four days and nights in a studio environment developing new work which can span theatre, live art, dance, sound, installation, social practice, visual art and more.

Participating artists experiment with ideas and artforms, as well as how audiences experience their works. A public program, including showings, talks, audience experiments and other offerings, is presented over three evenings.

In 2021, three opportunities will be offered for artists:

> Our callout for projects, with Australian-wide proposals welcome – apply here

> A two-week residency at Hart’s Mill offered to a South Australian-led creative team – apply here

> Our Early Career Curator paid internship – apply here

All opportunities close 11:59pm Monday May 24.

Adhocracy 2021 will be held from 2-5 September in Port Adelaide, Kaurna Yerta.

COVID-19: We are expecting that the in-person lab and public program in Port Adelaide will proceed this year. In the event that this is not the case we will work with selected artists to produce alternative outcomes and platforms for these works-in-development, as we did in 2020.

Creative Team

Curators: Emma Webb and Paul Gazzola


Project Dates

Call for applications: Closes MAY 24

Waterside, 11 Nile St, and Hart’s Mill,
Mundy St, Port Adelaide, Kaurna Yerta