Located at Market Square in the Queen Victoria Market Precinct, Testing Grounds provides infrastructure in a public context for creative practices across art, performance, design and education.
Testing Grounds is a place for art, performance and design, with a focus on public art, and education.
Free and accessible, Testing Grounds is committed to supporting all creative projects and ideas. This is a place where creatives at all stages of practice can test, develop and share their work in public. Testing Grounds can be used to present new work, run workshops and community activities, and host festivals and events.
After eight years in Melbourne's Arts Precinct, this new public CBD location provides significant opportunities for artists to show work to an expanded audience and we are excited to be here with you, working with the City's creative communities.
Testing Grounds respectfully acknowledges that there are sites of cultural heritage in and around the Queen Victoria Market precinct, and we recognise the tangible and intangible connection of Aboriginal peoples to place. We wholeheartedly appreciate connection through place to the oldest continuing cultures on earth. Always was, always will be.
Testing Grounds at Market Square is an outdoor space and steel structure, with sound and projection capabilities ideally suited to public art, performance and events.
Testing Grounds Emporium is an interior warehouse space suited to student groups, residences, workshops, and private events.
Testing Grounds Manifesto
We support creative projects to test work in public, to engage with new audiences and to take calculated risks. We encourage those who are genuinely willing to experiment creatively in public; and collectively we commit to:
|Siteworks Design and Operations Principles|| 2019
|| Printed matter
|Moreland Civics Lab|| 2017
|Back Story|| 2014
|Interview 1|| 2018
|Field Recording #3|| 2020
|Bendigo Creek|| 2018
|Playopolis Podcast Episode 4. More Ways To Restart The World|| 2020
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Eastern Kulin Nation as traditional custodians, on whose unceded lands we work and live.
We respectfully acknowledge elders – past, present and emerging. And we extend our deepest respects to all First Nations peoples. In the context of the work we do, we express gratitude for our shared connection through place, to the oldest continuing cultures on earth.
Studio 6, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick 3065
PO Box 1011, Fitzroy North, 3068