Bodies of Work

Artist lab and public event
Presented by Vitalstatistix

Join us to launch our new multi-year initiative Bodies of Work at an evening of provocative conversation about labour rights, cultural work and the futures of work, art and organising.

The evening on May 12 will include panels led by Natalie Harkin with Aunty Margaret Brodie, and writer and commentator Ben Eltham in conversation with Bodies of Work artists at the completion of a two-week artist laboratory.


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 the contemporary experience of labour, labour organising, cultural labour, precarity and the future of work.

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 others including First Nations leaders, union leaders, academics and community organisations.

Please also join us on Saturday 1st May for May Day 2021 – international workers day – in Port Adelaide, Kaurna Yerta.

This year May Day will be celebrated in Port Adelaide to coincide with the centenary of the Port Adelaide Workers Memorial, on the corner of Commercial Road and St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide. Check out May Day events HERE.

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