Risk, Diversity and New Horizons
30 years at the forefront of experimental practice

Performance Space is the crucible for risk-taking artists. Emerging over 30 years ago in response to artists’ articulated desire to explore and investigate new forms of art, Performance Space has consistently identified, nurtured and presented new directions in contemporary practice. We champion risk, experimentation, and new modes of creative expression. Performance Space continues to evolve and renew to meet the needs of the independent sector and explore new models for developing and presenting the most critical and important new work.

The breadth of our organisational and artistic activity is informed and underpinned by a commitment to diversity. Performance Space embraces a diversity of artistic and cultural perspectives as being fundamental to a vibrant and engaging experimental arts culture. We therefore privilege the work of Aboriginal artists, practitioners from diverse cultural backgrounds, artists exploring new takes on sex and gender, disability and artists pushing the boundaries of the human through experiments with new technology.

Over the past 30 years, we have continually refreshed and revised our development and presentation models. Our constant renewal has ensured that the bravest new works and most innovative artists have been supported through enabling structures to realise their most ambitious ideas and connect with audiences.

Performance Space is:

  • Empowering artists to develop their practice and create brave new work.
  • Expanding contemporary art into new terrain through local, national and international collaborations and partnerships.
  • Challenging existing definitions of art through an organisation-wide commitment to experimentation and creative development.
  • Connecting experimental art with wider audiences through a rigorously curated presentation and public program.


To find out what’s really going on in the world, rather than turn on the news, I look to artists that are making socially and politically engaged work. This is why I like coming to Performance Space.

Cathy Kirkpatrick, audience member



To be a world leading experimental arts organisation, championing new developments in artistic practice and connecting artists and audiences with the most dynamic and innovative new work across the Asia Pacific to expand our understanding of what contemporary art can be.

We underpin the work we do through the following values:

  • Advancing the contemporary
  • Embracing risk
  • Challenging the normative
  • Innovating processes
  • Bringing diversity
  • Giving respect
  • Ensuring sustainability

Performance Space is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW; and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Performance Space is a resident company at Carriageworks, Sydney’s home for contemporary arts. Performance Space is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia (CAOS) and Mobile States, Touring Contemporary Performance Australia.