Apply – Performance Program 2023 & 2024

Apply – Performance Program 2023 & 2024

Applications Open Now

PICA is seeking expressions of interest for our 2023 and 2024 performance program.

We’re calling for proposals from contemporary performance makers for performance projects in and around PICA. This includes performance seasons, one-off performances or creative developments.

Each year, we aim to present contemporary arts projects that create career-defining moments for artists, life-changing experiences for audiences of all ages and critical turning points in the advancement of art forms. In doing so, we focus on projects that will make a significant impact for artists and audiences.

Who Should Apply

We welcome proposals from artists for projects which:

  • Push the boundaries of their genre of contemporary art
  • Are conceptually, formally or technologically rigorous
  • Connect with audiences in new and ambitious ways
  • Contribute to current cultural or artform development

PICA’s program seeks to support artists strategically through various stages of their career, from emerging to mid-career and established, and has a focus on connecting with a spectrum of local, national and international practices. PICA aims to be inclusive of different artistic ideas, forms and contexts and a diversity of artists and audiences.

Applications from First Nations artists, culturally and linguistically diverse artists, and artists who identify as D/deaf or disabled are especially welcomed.

Artist Fees & In-Kind Support

PICA will provide in-kind support, including venue hire, equipment and production support, and marketing support for all successful projects. We will provide cash support, such as artist fees, where possible. Please note, cash support will be determined per project.

Applications Close

Artistic proposals are due midnight AWST, Friday 8 July 2022.

If you are unexpectedly unwell or experience a last minute disruption, and require a few additional days, please get in touch with us prior to the deadline to discuss.

Submitting Your Application

Before submitting your application, please read the below Programming Guidelines and ensure your application speaks to PICA’s artistic guidelines and mission.

Please use the Application Budget Template and complete the Application Form via the button below.

Access Support

If you need to submit your EOI through a different process, or have access requirements that mean an EOI via a recorded Zoom conversation, Word document, Auslan or another method would work best, please get in touch with us prior to the closing deadline to discuss. Contact Ariane Katscherian at performance@pica.org.au.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ariane Katscherian, Producer
performance@pica.org.au
(08) 9228 6322

PICA Programming Guidelines

Our Mission

PICA considers all proposals in the context of its artistic guidelines and overall mission to create:

  • Career-defining moments for artists
  • Life changing experiences for audiences of all ages; and
  • Critical turning points in the advancement of art forms

About PICA

PICA is one of the nation’s leading multi-artform contemporary arts spaces and is known for the pivotal role it plays in the development and presentation of significant new work. Housed in an iconic heritage building in the heart of Perth, PICA is the only place where West Australians and visitors to the state can experience, under one roof, the very best of local, Australian and international contemporary visual, performing, and interdisciplinary arts.

PICA’s purpose is to foster the development of, and engagement with, contemporary arts and ideas. Both a producing and presenting institution, PICA runs a year-round program of curated exhibitions, seasons in contemporary dance, experimental theatre, live art, new music and interdisciplinary projects, and offers a range of artist in residence and artist development programs. 

Its unique architecture inspires artists and awes audiences and is often transformed entirely from project to project. It features a large double volume space that can be used for exhibitions and performance, an additional second-floor gallery space, a professionally fitted black-box performance space, three studios, a screen space, a reading and activity room, and a bar & café.

PICA places a high value on the work undertaken by artists and sees itself as a creative partner as well as a facilitator of cultural experiences. Its programs are carefully crafted, ensuring conversations not only between artists and audiences but across art forms, cultures and geographies.

It actively engages with diverse communities and often acts as the site for difficult conversations. PICA works hard to make its audience experience as accessible and engaging as possible while at the same time championing radical new art practices and embracing challenging subject matter.

For artists PICA is a source of inspiration, a resource, a meeting and gathering place, a provocateur and most importantly a partner in the realisation of big and new ideas. It offers artists at all stages of their careers a range of avenues through which to develop their practice, extend their networks, embark on new projects and reach new audiences. Artists are invited to be part of PICA’s program because they have the potential to define artistic practices of the future. They are trail-blazers, exemplars, innovators and change makers.

PICA commissions new work and presents major projects, solo shows and premiere seasons by early to mid-career as well as established Australian and international artists and companies who are forging new territory with their practices. It also supports the development of new work by offering space and resources for creative developments. PICA is particularly interested in projects that foster awareness and understanding between different cultures, genders and geographies.

To see examples of the works that PICA has programmed in previous years, view our Annual Reports or find videos on our YouTube.

About the Artistic Program

PICA seeks to:

  • Present a curatorially rigorous program that is offered year-round
  • Acknowledge its place on Whadjuk Nyoongar country and celebrate the history and future of this region
  • Focus on artform development, new ideas and their current discourse
  • Support a full range of contemporary performance across interdisciplinary practices, live art and participatory forms, contemporary dance, experimental theatre, new music and sound, and site specific/installation based practices
  • Open up PICA’s spaces in elastic and responsive ways and explore beyond the building, across the Perth Cultural Centre, off-site and non-traditional spaces or digital spaces
  • Place WA practices within a national and international context
  • Present Australian and international experimental work to WA audiences and provide professional development, exchange and knowledge sharing opportunities
  • Prioritize the voices of First Nations artists, people of colour, gender diverse and LGBTIQA+ people, and artists of all abilities and differences.
  • Challenge artists as much as audiences through in-built critical feedback mechanisms
  • Invite artists to contribute to PICA’s learning programs for audiences and artists
  • Build audiences for contemporary performance through a consistent brand and targeted marketing and community engagement strategies
  • Connect artists through PICA’s networks and profile

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my project suitable for PICA?

PICA seeks to:

  • Present a curatorially rigorous program that is offered year-round
  • Acknowledge its place on Whadjuk Nyoongar country and celebrate the history and future of this region
  • Focus on artform development, new ideas and their current discourse
  • Support a full range of contemporary performance across interdisciplinary practices, live art and participatory forms, contemporary dance, experimental theatre, new music and sound, and site specific/installation based practices
  • Open up PICA’s spaces in elastic and responsive ways and explore beyond the building, across the Perth Cultural Centre, off-site and non-traditional spaces or digital spaces
  • Place WA practices within a national and international context
  • Present Australian and international experimental work to WA audiences and provide professional development, exchange and knowledge sharing opportunities
  • Prioritize the voices of First Nations artists, people of colour, gender diverse and LGBTIQA+ people, and artists of all abilities and differences.
  • Challenge artists as much as audiences through in-built critical feedback mechanisms
  • Invite artists to contribute to PICA’s learning programs for audiences and artists
  • Build audiences for contemporary performance through a consistent brand and targeted marketing and community engagement strategies
  • Connect artists through PICA’s networks and profile

How does PICA Curate its program?

PICA curates its annual program a year in advance through different methods including seeking EOIs through callouts, approaching artists directly and in the course of having dialogue with artists. PICA is not always able to accept or respond to proposals outside of specific callout timeframes.

Is PICA a venue for hire?

In recent years, PICA’s artistic program has moved away from this model. If you are seeking a venue hire that is not included in PICA’s artistic program please contact PICA’s General Manager for rates and availability at business@pica.org.au.

How does PICA approach working with artists?

Working with PICA is a collaborative relationship and we seek to actively contextualise works for both artists and audiences. We support artists mostly when we are directly engaged in project development and presentation, however we do provide support across other project stages where requested and possible, such as mentoring, auspicing, and producing. We encourage regular feedback processes and are keen to share in open and supportive critical dialogue about your work. We are interested in unpacking the whys and hows of the creation and presentation of new work. PICA is a home for those who want to be challenged, nourished and part of a current and meaningful dialogue about contemporary practice.

Does PICA provide cash for artists and if so, how much?

Where possible, PICA aims to provide a cash fee to each project, on top of its in-kind support. Cash support is discussed in further detail with successful applicants and determined on a case by case basis. PICA generally is not in a position to fund 100% of projects. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals with other financial, co-presenter or producing support outlined or the potential for such support.

What in-kind support does PICA provide?

PICA provides in-kind support in the form of venue spaces for development and presentation, access to existing equipment, project support through its Program Team, venue staff (technicians, box office managers and ushers) and marketing.

Does PICA take box office on presentation seasons?

If PICA invests financially into a project it will generally seek to off-set its investment by taking box office sales, however, this amount varies case by case. In taking box office, PICA aims for artists to be paid appropriately rather than relying on box office income to cover artist fees. This is to alleviate the financial pressure of artists marketing their show and instead provide more time to focus on developing and presenting their work.

What contact do artists have with the PICA team?

PICA’s main point of contact for performance artists is its Producer. PICA has a Marketing Team comprised of a Marketing Manager, Digital Communications Coordinator and a part-time Designer. PICA works with contracted technical consultants to provide technical advice, planning and delivery. PICA’s front of house team is managed by a full-time FOH Manager. Depending on the scale of your project, there may be overlap with PICA’s Engagement Program Producer and Development Manager for various events, public programs and donor events.

How do PICA market exhibitions, performances and events?

PICA provides a tailored marketing campaign for each project led by its in-house Communications Team. The scope will focus on use of PICA’s owned channels and creation of PICA branded collateral. PICA works with a contract publicist for external media relationships. PICA’s marketing support generally includes:

Digital Marketing

  • PICA website – over 70,000 unique users per month
  • E-news – over 7,500 subscribers
  • Social media:
  • Facebook – including event page (over 14,000 followers)
  • Instagram (over 11,000 followers)
  • Twitter (over 7,000 followers)

Print Marketing                

  • A0 lightbox poster featured at the entrance of the PICA building (subject to budget/availability)
  • Various flyers and posters
  • Building banner (subject to budget/availability)
  • Season program for performances

What spaces are available to me?

PICA’s floor plans can be viewed HERE. PICA programs across its entire building and considers the best spatial and presentation environment for each work. Its spaces include various options:

Black box

  • PICA Performance Space
  • Screen space

Gallery space/white cube (NB availability of these spaces is limited)

  • Central Galleries
  • Westend Gallery

Studio/working space

  • Reading Room
  • PICA Studios

PICA also considers alternative spaces such as

  • Perth Cultural Centre amphitheatre
  • Public space
  • Offsite location

What are PICA’s existing technical supplies?

PICA has an in-house sound and lighting system, with access to various A/V equipment. PICA’s technical specifications for its Performance Space can be viewed online HERE.

What seating options are available in PICA’s spaces?

PICA’s Performance Space has a raked seating bank for 105 people. This bank can be retracted, which allows for a standing capacity of 242 people. PICA’s other spaces do not have fixed seating and require other temporary and hired seating configurations.

Will PICA hire equipment for me?

This varies case by case. On occasion, PICA can cover technical hires or access reduced or in-kind technical equipment and services through sponsorships. Otherwise hires are built into project funding.

How does PICA support creative development?

PICA provides rehearsal space, and where possible access to technical resources and staffing. Traditionally the artist has building access during 10am – 5pm daily, though this is open to discussion for particular circumstances. A showing for feedback purposes is generally held at the end of the creative development period.

Does PICA facilitate feedback and showings for work in progress?

PICA seeks to have open and supportive discussion with artists as they develop their project. PICA’s feedback is framed through the lenses of critical and rigorous contemporary practice, being a multi-arts institution, and being the home for experimental practice in WA. The dialogue that PICA has with artists seeks to situate their work within a local, national and global context of current art-making.

In showing environments, PICA is responsive to the types of feedback beneficial for each artist and discusses the feedback structures case by case.

Further Questions?

For artistic enquiries, contact PICA’s Producer, Ariane Katscherian at performance@pica.org.au. For application troubleshooting, contact marketing@pica.org.au.

Image: Tarryn Gill & Katt Osborne, UNHEIMLICH, 2021. Photo: Christophe Production

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