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Performance Space

Performance Space

Performance Space is a non-profit organisation that emerged 40 years ago in response to artists desire to create and explore new forms of art driven by ideas and experimentation.

In 2023, Performance Space celebrates its 40th anniversary as the home of experimental practice in Australia, leading the dialogue nationally and influencing the shape of contemporary practice in Australia. 

Our success is deeply connected to our supporters who are committed to the advancement of experimental art, new ideas and new futures. 

Over the last years, the arts have been battered like so many other industries. Throughout this period, Performance Space has continued to push-boundaries and grow, imagining the future of art and reflecting on ways of working for a post-pandemic world moving toward the future stronger than ever by;

  • Continuing to present a host of risk-taking new work, across 10 enormous public programs, presenting and supporting nearly 200 artists from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific
  •  Building on our ongoing support for artists from idea to presentation as we have offered 12 artists residencies 
  • Expanding our Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art back to 10 days, bringing back engagement across the region while sustaining and cultivating our digital programs we have development during the NSW statewide lockdown. 
  • Commissioning brand new works from artists across Australia and the Asia Pacific, making sure to continue to push the boundaries of thinking and art-making within experimental practice

None of us know exactly what the future might entail, but you can rely on Performance Space to continue too think big, take risks, commission and develop groundbreaking new works for the next 40 years.

Your support is an integral part of helping us remain a leader in nurturing our artists and creating new Australian experimental work. Your donation allows us to continue to think big, take risks, and support the development and presentation of new and important experimental work. 

In 2023 we look to: 

  • Reflecting on the history of the organization as we celebrate our 40th anniversary
  • Re-visioning Liveworks and ways of working for a post-pandemic world.
  • Reinvigorate our relationship with the region as borders reopen with the commisionning and presentation of experimental work from the Asia-Pacific region
  • Renewing our vision for the next chapter of the organization in the Asia-Pacific region, moving toward the future stronger than ever.


Help us create new art and future possibilities.

Donate to create, and ensure the future of art. 


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PO Box 461

(02) 8571 9111

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Performance Space acknowledges the Gadigal people of the land we work on as the traditional custodians of this place we now call Sydney. We acknowledge the significance of Redfern as a place of change, resistance, resilience, and refuge for many communities, and as the birthplace of Black theatre in this country, and that we hold that history and honour it in what we do at Performance Space. We pay respect to all First Peoples Elders (past, present and emerging) and recognise their strength, wisdom and creativity.

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