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29 September 2015
Proximity 2015 Public Programs Announcement
28 October – 8 November 2015

Get down to the Art Gallery of Western Australia between 28 October – 8 November for a series of exciting public events happening for the first time in AGWA galleries and back courtyard as part of Proximity 2015.

Proximity’s PARTY FOR 1 opening event returns on Saturday 31 October, with secret one-on-one performances, underworld experiences, and a bloc party featuring some of Perth’s best local DJs. Toastface Grillah treats and Volstead Union’s small batch cocktails will be available for purchase on the night. Everyone’s invited. Pre-sale tickets $15 and now on sale.

During the Festival season, visitors can start their morning with lively discussions, collective actions and intimate gallery tours at the FREE PUBLIC TALKS. Taking place across three mornings, a program of international and national speakers share their thoughts on the possibilities and implications of living artworks in public institutions, documenting intimacy and creating legacy for participatory work. Speakers include Brian Lobel (Artist and Engagement Fellow at UK's Wellcome Trust UK), Sebastian Goldspink (Alaska Projects), Francis Barrett (Brown Council / Campbelltown Arts Centre), Nerida Dickinson (Critic/ Writer - Realtime, Artshub) and Proximity artists Mish Grigor and Jackson Eaton. For those interested in finding out what happens in a Proximity performance, make sure you join the Audience tours on Saturday 7 November to hear personal accounts of each work from our audience as they walk around the Proximity performance spaces.

Between Sunday 18 – Tuesday 20 October, Helen Cole of UK’s internationally renowned In Between Time will be running a three-day MASTER CLASS in collaboration with pvi collective, Proximity and CIA studios. As one the hottest artistic directors on the UK scene, this is a rare opportunity for artists interested in creating one-on-one and participatory performance, and curators/ producers who are eager to learn from Cole’s incredible history commissioning projects in car parks, disused warehouses and unusual locations.

6.30pm-late, Saturday 31 October 
Art Gallery of WA – Back Courtyard | $15 pre-sale $20 on the door
Proximity’s notorious opening party returns bringing you secret one-on-one performances, party monsters, and a project of Perth’s best local DJs. Toastface Grillah treats and Volstead Union's small batch cocktails will be available for purchase on the night. Everyone's invited.

I didn’t ask to see this  - register here
10-11.30am, Friday 30 October
Speakers: Frances Barrett, Robert Cook, Helen Cole, Sebastian Goldspink, Mish Grigor.
Bemused, curious or downright disapproving of random acts of art in public spaces? Speakers discuss the implications and possibilities of making living artworks in public institutions. How do you navigate the additional layer of passers-by as complicit spectators, OH&S obligations and governing agencies? Gather in the concourse for a discussion that you need to get on your feet for.

Obsessed with the record - register here
10-11.30am, Wednesday 4 November
Speakers: Dr Paul Clarke, Nerida Dickinson, Jackson Eaton, Dr Brian Lobel.
Frame it, shoot it, post it, play it. How do Proximity document one-on-one or participatory performances when fundamental to their existence is the live exchange that happens between audience and performer? A session exploring issues relating to creating legacies of live work.

Audience tours - register here (spaces limited)
10-11.30am, Saturday 7 November
Not sure what to expect with Proximity performances? They turn the typical artist talk on its head and place it confidently into the hands of their audiences. This gallery tour invites you to walk around AGWA with select Proximity participants who share their accounts of this year’s program, followed by Q&A between the artist and audience.

Presented by Proximity Festival and CIA studios
10am-5pm, Sunday 18 – Tuesday 20 October
$250 Sunday – Tuesday (both sessions) | $65 Tuesday only (+ gst)
Location: CIA Studios, 480 Newcastle Street
Bookings limited:

Session 1For you or with you, not to you or at you
Sunday 18 & Monday 19 October
What’s so exhilarating about making one-on-one and participatory performance? Why does an audience of one fill artists with fear and excitement in equal measures and what are some of the strategies and processes for making this artform? Find out at this three-day intensive led by Helen Cole, pvi collective and Proximity Festival.
Suitable for: performance makers, artists, students (18+) from all disciplines interested in live-art and participatory practice.

Session 2Dear city, together we will imagine
Tuesday 20 October
Producers, curators, directors: how do you create the conditions for impossible projects to happen? Using detailed case studies from Helen’s career, this session will focus on how to find the right team and partners, and empower them to share in your goal. Find collective ways to courageously weather an uncertain future and make radical ideas real. Suitable for: emerging to established producers, curators, artists, artistic directors, community arts workers.

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Image credit: Proximity Festival  - Art Gallery of WA, Concourse view, 2015. Images by Matt Sav.
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