Performance Space announces Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2022 

Amrita Hepi's 'Rinse'. Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti; Image design by Marita Leuver.
Amrita Hepi's 'Rinse'. Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti; Image design by Marita Leuver.

Performance Space has announced the program and artist line-up for its eighth year of the Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art running from 20 – 30 October, at Carriageworks and online, with tickets now on sale.

Jeff Khan, the outgoing Artistic Director, Performance Space said, “I couldn’t be more excited that we’re throwing open the doors — both in-venue and virtually — and returning to a full-scale Liveworks Festival program this year. I hope this year’s Liveworks will be a refreshing and revitalising experience for audiences and communities, inviting us to consider new perspectives and offering us the rush of creativity at its boldest and most adventurous.”

Now in its eighth year, Liveworks 2022 follows two years of Covid-impacted programming which transformed the way that the Festival was curated, including the introduction of an innovative digital program which debuted to acclaim in 2020. This year, the Liveworks program combines the best of these new programming developments with a spirited return to presenting full-scale physical works across the Carriageworks spaces, including a range of accessible online events as well as an exhilarating array of in-person installations, performances and experiences created by some of our most visionary contemporary artists.

Blair French, CEO of Carriageworks said, “Carriageworks is delighted to welcome Performance Space’s Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art back in 2022. Taking place across the Carriageworks’ spaces as well as online, Liveworks 2022 delivers an astonishing suite of experimental art projects that span diverse genres and offer visitors a glimpse into the future of the arts. Carriageworks is a proud presenting partner for Liveworks, and we look forward to welcoming audiences to the Festival in October.”

For Liveworks 2022, Performance Space broadens its commitment to supporting artists to create progressive, risk-taking, new experimental work and for audiences to experience the latest and most exciting new contemporary performance. The Festival this year sees the return of national and international artists travelling to Sydney to perform live from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific, including Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand, the Pacific and more.

Khan said, “Breaking from the border closures and restrictions of recent years, we’re welcoming back artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific to offer a wide array of new artistic works — from the intimate to the epic. Liveworks 2022 is full of joyful ways to come together and collectively experience something extraordinary — from bold new music to stunning contemporary dance and performance, captivating installations, artists’ experiments and conversations about our future.”

Vanessa Lloyd, CEO of Performance Space said“I am elated we are launching an action-packed 10-day festival program for Liveworks 2022 with artists presenting new work and ideas at our home at Carriageworks. The festival will continue to explore new possibilities with our digital and hybrid programming for audiences and artists across the globe. However you choose to join us, there is an expansive access program on offer. We look forward to welcoming audiences, colleagues and friends old and new for Liveworks 2022 this October, to experience art that affirms our capacity for renewal, wonder and transformation.”

Liveworks 2022 will present three program streams: LIVE NOW, the presentation of captivating, bold new experimental art from the Asia-Pacific, expanding our perspective on what’s possible; LIVE DREAMS, a dynamic platform for works-in-progress, exploring the art of tomorrow; and LIVE FUTURES, a curated series of artist-led conversations about the future

Liveworks 2022 will present some of Australia’s most celebrated senior artists and will also champion the next generation of culture creators, with festival highlights including Bone Dirt, Jon Rose, Luke George and Daniel Kok, Field Theory, Amrita Hepi, Raghav Handa and Sophie Penkethman-Young.

After nearly 12 years leading Performance Space, Jeff Khan announced in early August that he would step down from his role of Artistic Director and CEO at Performance Space, with Liveworks 2022 a final celebration of his legacy. Khan moves into the role of Creative Consultant until October 31 to oversee the artistic vision for Liveworks 2022.

Liveworks 2022 is at Carriageworks from 20 – 30 October with tickets on sale now and prices ranging from free-$45. Explore the program and book tickets at the Performance Space website: performancespace.com.au.

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