PICA’s New Performance Model

As of 2017, PICA introduces a new co-presentation model for its performance program and Fringe World Festival program. In this new model, PICA will take the financial risk on productions, and consequently take a percentage of box office whilst offering increased cash and in-kind support to independent artists in the form of:

  • in-kind use of its spaces, including the Performance Space, galleries and other suitable spaces
  • cash support for all technical and front of house staff
  • a combination of cash and in-kind marketing services
  • potential cash contribution towards artist fees based on the project’s needs

PICA is now welcoming proposals for its program:

PICA at Fringe World Festival

January – February

In 2017 PICA opens its doors to experimental and genre-defying art during Fringe World. This new independently curated program will provide a platform for emerging to established artists exploring experimental and interdisciplinary practice. It will act as a critical framework for artists to test and present work within the Fringe context with visionary provocations and unique audience experiences.

PICA is seeking a mixture of 1-week seasons for its black box Performance Space and galleries over the course of its 3-week program, as well as other one off and small scale projects to be curated into an Opening Weekend (20 – 22 January) that stretches to all corners of the PICA building and outdoor surrounds or offsite locations. These works are ideally flexible in duration and scale, from installation based and site specific works that act as bespoke audience experiences through to socially engaged and participatory interactions.

Contemporary Performance Seasons

March – December

PICA is seeking high quality contemporary performance works to form its curated program throughout the year. Works are typically suited for PICA’s black box space for 1-2 week seasons, however select non-traditional spaces and galleries within and around the building are negotiable as well as other short form or alternative durations (ie. one-off, 24 hour projects).

Creative Developments

March – December

PICA is seeking to support new projects that require a period of nurtured, critical creative development. This includes artists and collectives championing interdisciplinary, contemporary and idiosyncratic projects that are grounded in unconventional approaches, forms and concepts. These projects typically take place in the Performance Space and vary in length from 1-4 weeks.

PICA & Playwriting Australia

PICA is partnering with PWA to support the engagement of writers and/or dramaturgs in the creation of new work. If you are thinking about collaborating with a writer during the development or presentation of work at PICA you may be eligible for additional financial support. This opportunity is for artists exploring non-traditional script based methodologies or writing in interdisciplinary practice and believe a writer will strengthen their collaborative process. Let us know if you are interested in this support when completing the application form.


The online application form must be completed in one session and cannot be saved.

  1. Please ensure you read the 2017 PICA Performance Fact Sheet
  2. Download the Performance Budget Template
  3. Prepare your attachments and information prior to uploading

Queries can be emailed to producer@pica.org.au

Artistic proposals are due midnight WST, Monday 8 August, 2016.

PICA will notify applicants on the status of their proposal by Wednesday 24 August, 2016.

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In receiving a proposal, PICA will undertake the following:

An email acknowledging receipt will be sent to you. Each proposal will be read or viewed internally by the artistic team and may be sent out for external peer assessment. If PICA has an interest in the project, we will notify you within the notification timeline listed below. We may request additional information at this time.

Timelines for project development and presentation are dependent on the nature of the work, what it requires for production and the programming schedule at any given time.

Please note that due to time and resource limitations we make no commitment to provide feedback on proposals not shortlisted for consideration.


Image: Blackmarket, pvi collective (2016), photo by Bohdan Warchomij.