inSPACE Development Program

Experience contemporary new work being developed by some of South Australia’s most innovative performing artists and creatives.

firstSPACE 2023 Expressions of Interest

Be part of the inaugural firstSPACE development opportunity in 2023.

firstSPACE is a new residency program for First Nations creators of new and original theatre, dance, music, or cross-genre works. 

Part of the inSPACE Development Program, firstSPACE provides a unique opportunity for South Australian artists and collaborators to create and imagine new, contemporary and innovative works.

This opportunity is artist-led and development-focussed. The artist or group chosen for the firstSPACE program is provided with 1-3 weeks in-kind venue rehearsal space, along with a provision for technical equipment hire from our program partners Osmond Electronics, and a contribution towards artist wages. Work-in-progress showings are presented to our subscriber audience at the end of the firstSPACE development, providing valuable feedback from members of the general public and industry to help inform the next stage of your artistic process. 

Expressions of interest for firstSPACE 2023 are now open, and will close at 11:59pm on Sunday, 21 August 2022.

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About the inSPACE Development Program

Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE Development Program is a cutting-edge, grassroots, and innovative program that supports some of South Australia’s most talented independent artists and creatives.

Established in 2002, the program nurtures and supports the development of new work by independent artists and companies, fostering innovation, experimentation, and risk-taking. All genres ranging from music, dance, theatre, and hybrid cross art forms are supported by the inSPACE Development Program so as to attract and connect the audience of today to the artists of the future.

See hot new talent across all art forms including theatre, dance, visual arts and music. Be part of the artistic conversation: sharing, contributing, and discovering how art is created behind the scenes. This creative blurring of the line between artist and audience reinforces Adelaide Festival Centre’s philosophy, "Arts for All": that the arts belong to everyone.

Each artist or group chosen for the annual inSPACE program is provided with 1–3 weeks in-kind venue rehearsal, along with a provision for technical equipment hire and a contribution towards artist wages. Work-in-progress showings are presented to an invited audience at the end of each inSPACE development, providing valuable feedback to help inform the next stage of the artistic process.

In 2022, inSPACE celebrates its 20th year. In acknowledgment of this milestone, Country Arts SA has partnered with inSPACE to offer one of the programmed developments the opportunity to tour their production regionally next year, as well as pairing 1-2 of the inSPACE development teams with a regional emerging creative to be part of the artistic process during their creative development period in 2022.

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With the help the generous support of Osmond Electronics, the 2022 inSPACE program is inspiring, diverse, and represents a variety of genres, approaches, and themes.

Revisit the 2022 inSPACE Development Program here.

Image credit: Chris Herzfeld, Camlight Productions