Bodies of Work

Artist lab and commissioning site
Presented by Vitalstatistix

Vitalstatistix’s Contemporary Communities initiative produces multi-year projects that commission new art around contemporary issues, experimentation and deep social engagement (recently Climate Century, 2014-2018). Our latest project, called Bodies of Work, is exploring the broad territory of labour, labour organising, artists as workers, and the future of work.

Precarity, the contemporary experience of labour, labour rights and just economic transition are all critical concerns in the face of the triple global existential threats of environmental, neoliberal economic and health crises. There is also a rich body of work by artists globally in this area including the ‘Art and Working Life’ initiative of the 80s and 90s in Australia.

Bodies of Work kicks off in 2021 with a conceptual lab where invited artists will explore the themes and possibilities of the project through research and development with each other and with non-artists, including labour leaders.

The lab will commence with immersion in significant May Day activities in the Port and at our home the Waterside Workers Hall, marking the 100th anniversary of the Port Adelaide Workers Memorial; and will end with a public event of artist talks, readings and discussion about the multi-year Bodies of Work process.

Image: Sia Duff

Creative Team

Participating artists includes Amrita Hepi, Emma Beech, Natalie Harkin, Paul Gazzola, Rebecca Conroy, Sarah Rodigari and Virginia Barratt, with Emma Webb and Ben Eltham


Project Dates

Lab: APRIL 30 – MAY 12
May Day: MAY 1
Public event: MAY 12
Waterside, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide,
Kaurna Yerta