Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2022 returns to Carriageworks

10-day program of visionary new art stages a full-scale return to Sydney in late October.

Words: Charlotte Middleton

Presenting a diverse and inclusive roll call of progressive multi-disciplinary creatives, Performance Space will host its eighth edition of the Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art from 20-30 October 2022 at Carriageworks, Gadigal Land/Sydney.

Following two years of Covid-impacted programming, this year’s hybrid in-venue and virtual Festival format will present 18 live shows and 9 distinctive digital events featuring more than 61 Australian, First Nations, and international artists travelling from Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand, the Pacific and more.

Jeff Khan, outgoing Artistic Director of 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.”

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
  • LIVE FUTURES, a curated series of artist-led conversations about the future

With some of Australia’s most celebrated senior artists featured alongside the next generation of culture creators, festival highlights include Bone Dirt, Jon Rose, Luke George and Daniel Kok, Field Theory, Amrita Hepi, Raghav Handa and Sophie Penkethman-Young.

Australian-Papua New Guinean artist Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman will premiere a major new work, A barrow, a singsing, 19 large-scale shield paintings with sculpture, photography and installation in the public space at Carriageworks – a major new commission by Performance Space and HOTA as part of a new three-year partnership.

Another highlight will be Day For Night, the acclaimed queer party experience with an artist and performance roll call of queer excellence on 29 October.

CEO of Performance Space, Vanessa Lloyd, said: “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 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:

This article was posted 12 October 2022.

Image: Amrita Hepi, ‘Rinse’, Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2022. Image design: Matt Sav. Original photo: Gregory Lorenzutti.


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