The City of Melbourne’s trendy Arts House program returns for its 12th year in 2018 with a jam-packed, multi-tiered schedule. Established in 2006, Arts House is a centre for contemporary performance and interactive artorms in Melbourne.

Inspiring you to pull up your sleeves and get involved, the next Arts House season is bold, risky and vibrant. Just as usual, it’s a thought-provoking program of works designed to enthral, entertain and challenge.

Councillor Rohan Leppert describes Melbourne as one of the world’s greatest creative cities, where Arts House plays a vital role in nurturing the creative community.

“It’s our city’s home of independent arts and supports artists to develop new works and test ideas.

“The works presented as part of this new season cement Arts House’s reputation as one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary arts venues – it is sure to challenge and inspire. If the purpose of art is to provoke critical discussion, then this season will do just that,” said Councillor Leppert.

Arts House is entering a time of renovation, flux and new solutions under the guiding hand of Acting Artistic Director Josh Wright.

For the third edition of the Festival of Live Art, presented in March in partnership with Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre, the festival will bring together some of the boldest artists at their experimental best.

From the epic to the microscopic, the Festival of Live Art is all about curiosity and making it happen together – it will spring people out of their daily chaos and into everything that is participatory and interactive.

Wright explains that creating art takes a lot of elbow grease and that the Festival of Live Art is all about getting your hands dirty, “The festival is what you make of it and we need everyone to influence these experiences and expectations. There will be onesies to sew, topics to be debated, trinkets to reassemble, landscapes to be painted and twerkshops.”

That’s right. A twerkshop. The queen of dance Caroline Garcia is known for her styling moves and attitude, teaching her students how to twerk it, pop it, shake it and drop it. It’s set to be a booty-popping experience.

For Next Wave in May, Arts House will welcome a bunch of brilliant artists exploring identity, gender and colonisation, including the Edinburgh Fringe hit, salt. by Selina Thompson (UK); a new work by Sydney duo, Black Birds called Exhale; a compelling new video installation presented by Roberta Rich: M/other Land.

Following a sold out season of Imagined Touch in 2017, Jodee Mundy returns to Arts House in April with her latest work Personal – an autobiography as KODA (Kid of Deaf Adults) that will reveal ideas of perception and perspectives.

In June, Arts House will see two unique installations about privacy, secrets and spectatorship: LONE by THE RABBLE and St Martins and a new version of the Festival of Live Art 2016 audience favourite, The Naked Self by Michele Lee and Tanya Dickson.

The season will culminate in June with Carrion – a macabre, post-human spectre from a truly unique performer, Justin Shoulder.

Arts House will continue to take a holistic approach to support the ecology of artistic creation by supporting selected independent artists to explore, experiment, investigate and create their great ideas through initiatives including CultureLAB and the Artist-in-Residence programs.

Tickets to Arts House Season 1 2018 are on sale today, Friday, 19 January 2018.

March 2018 – Festival of Live Art

13 – 14 Mar 2018: Intercourse with the Artist – Georgia Banks

13 – 21 Mar 2018: Shell Game – Martyn Coutts

13 – 25 Mar 2018: Capitalism Works for Me! – Steve Lambert

14 & 25 Mar 2018: A Song to Change the World: Launch Event – Jason Maling & Song-Ming Ang

14 – 18 Mar 2018: Let’s Go Up Here – Slown, Smallened & Son

14 – 18 Mar 2018: Rest Area – S. J. Norman

14 – 18 Mar 2018: Twerkshop – Caroline Garcia

14 – 18 Mar 2018: Uncanny Valley, Girl – Angela Goh

14 – 25 Mar 2018: Worktable – Kate McIntosh

14 – 25 Mar 2018: Wowzzzeee – Adele Varcoe

14 & 25 Mar 2018: Everything is Blak & White I’m Afraid! – Mariaa Randall

15 & 22 Mar 2018: Supper Clubs: Soft Money // Hard Labour – Asha Bee Abraham & Dan Koop

16 & 23 Mar 2018: Kill Climate Deniers – David Finnigan & Reuben Ingall

17 Mar 2018: Landing – Tanya Lee

17 Mar 2018: SQUASH! – Meg Wilson

17 – 18 Mar 2018: The New National Sport – Cigdem Aydemir

17 & 24 Mar 2018: Black Sonic Futures – Still Nomads

18 & 25 Mar 2018: Slippage – Louise Lavarack

21 Mar 2018: Never Trust a Creative City – Emma McManus & Maria White

21 – 25 Mar 2018: Stone Tape Theory – S. J. Norman

21 – 25 Mar 2018: TLSQ x ASMR – The Letter String Quartet

23 – 24 Mar 2018: Rhythm and Blues – Edward Thomasson

April 2018

24 – 29 Apr 2018: Personal – Jodee Mundy Collaborations

28 Apr 2018: Refuge Mapping the Pandemic Public Workshop

May 2018 – Next Wave

8 – 12 May 2018: M/other Land – Roberta Rich

9 – 12 May 2018: Exhale – Black Birds

9 – 12 May 2018: salt. – Selina Thompson Ltd

June 2018

8 – 17 Jun 2018: LONE – THE RABBLE & St Martins

8 – 17 Jun 2018: The Naked Self – Michele Lee & Tanya Dickson

27 – 30 Jun 2018: Carrion – Justin Shoulder