OPEN CALL 2024 – 2025
Bus Projects is seeking proposals from artists, curators, and creatives to be part of our 2024 – 2025 Artistic Program. We have slightly changed how we do things, while maintaining a focus on our core mission: supporting artists to exhibit work that is experimental, responsive, socially responsible, and rigorous. Whether you’re new to Bus, or you have worked with us before, we welcome proposals from you. We look forward to hearing from you!
Before applying, please make sure to read our information pack which includes our floor plan, what we are looking for, and the different programs you can apply for.
Accompanying Kiera Brew Kurec’s project Archiving the Temporal: Emanate, Bus Projects will be hosting a public program incorporating three panel discussions with esteemed Australian and International performance practitioners, academics and historians over the month of April. The discussions encompass ritual as a basis for performance making, ethical reinterpretation/re-performance, and methodologies in performance archiving. These talks are facilitated by Kiera Brew Kurec, generously hosted by Bus Projects and supported by the City of Yarra.
Archiving the Temporal: Emanate was an intimate performance exploring the possibilities of preserving and archiving performance practice beyond photographic and video documentation. Using ritual as a framework for preservation, Archiving the Temporal: Emanate asks the audience to become custodians of the performance, then to pass on the performance beyond its original viewing and out into the wider community. The performance will be accompanied by a series of online discussions which have been generously supported by the City of Yarra small project grants.
Please join us for the publication launch of ‘SAFE: Rearranging the Library’ as part of the Melbourne Art Book Fair
We are excited to announce the upcoming Bus Projects 2021 Online Fundraiser. Join us, Tuesday 16th November, 6–8pm, on Instagram to purchase original artworks by our community of artists!
Means, of Production is an experiment in building open-source software in an open dialog with a group of artists, in order to try and expand the idea of how artworks can live and evolve in the peer-to-peer space. It is a collaborative project between Bus Projects, Public Officeand six Melbourne-based artists. Funded as a result of Covid-19, initially the ideas sprung from an obvious lack of tools for making art works solely for an ephemeral, digital space. That’s what we hope to shift through this process.
Bus Projects is excited to stock un Magazine, 15.1: SURPLUS, edited by Snack Syndicate (Astrid Lorange + Andrew Brooks).
Presented as part of Walking in the configuration of infinity, Join members of RMIT’s research group, the non/fictionLab, for a series of participatory events on writing walking.
Melody and Sandra discuss their project Walking in the configuration of infinity, which combined a series of Walkshops presented by members of nonfictionLab, a walking lecture and performance by Alice Cummins,and the inaugural Reading Room presentation at Bus.
To coincide with the first iteration of ‘Compassionate Grounds: Ten Years on in Tohoku’, curator Emily Wakeling will give a curatorial talk on the project on Saturday 8th May from 2pm.
“…the rhythm of walking took the song into the body. Through the body, song became dance, which in turn became ceremony.” Songlines, Margo Neale and Lynne Kelly.
Presented at Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse, That Which Was Once Familiar (TWWOF) investigates how culture inscribes gender and sexuality onto the flesh sacks we walk around in… our bodies.
Please join us at Bus Projects this Saturday 10th April, 3.30-5.30pm, for the ‘True Colours’ catalogue launch. There will be performances by En.V, Fimo, and a secret guest.
Alongside a community feast, ‘For The Love of Leftovers’, the epilogue to F.O.C.U.S. In the interest of keeping a waste-free practice, Alisa Tanaka-King will be cooking up the leftover ingredients from F.O.C.U.S and will be hosting an open event for the local community, promoting sustainability and communal eating. All are welcome!
‘Three Retracings’ is a sound publication that explores a process of returning, retracing and re-listening in urban space. Recorded periodically across three and a half years in Narrm Melbourne, Kaifeng and Suzhou; nine compositions form a set of sonic relations between neighbourhoods undergoing urban transformation in Australia and China. Placing three accumulative listenings in conversation across these contexts, the publication interrogates the contentious role of the field recordist as an itinerant documenter, archive-maker, visitor and tourist.
OUT OF BOUNDS is a series of performances and conversations with Australian artists that navigates the intricacies of their art practice, the way they have adapted to the world in isolation and their reflections on the emerging art world right now.
c/o Studios discuss and explore hidden narratives surrounding materials and objects within contemporary art practices.
Darcey Bella Arnold’s practice considers the artists’ close and unique relationship with her mother, Jennifer. Jennifer has an acquired brain injury, which has altered her use of language.
Clementine Edwards’ new film whiteness is a preliminary sketch about the white everyday.
Join us for a virtual lecture by Siona Wilson to mark the screening of Women of the Rhondda as part of the Bodies of Work film series curated by Benison Kilby.
Concentric Curriculum is an artist-led parallel-school program embracing non-institutional, self-organised approaches to education and made in collaboration with local communities. This program enables artists and arts professionals to become creative collaborators and co-producers with diverse communities, resulting in long-term collaborations and sustained knowledge sharing.
Bus TV is our platform that will present intermittent televisual broadcasts throughout the COVID-19 lockdown and beyond!
(Re)imagining Indigenous futures: an education program towards revolution is a project by Kei Te Pai Press.
‘Field Notes from Care Workers’ is a series of encounters between human and more-than-human beings who consider care as a part of their work. Broadcasted live weekly on Bus Radio.
Born from interviews with close friends about vulnerability, ‘Ourselves’ explores the risk perceived in baring oneself and the value of support in constructing autonomous and unfiltered spaces. Presented on Bus TB on Wednesday 2 September, 7pm
Three Possibilities Walk Into A Bar (TONIGHT reprise) is a music video for a performance text. This text first appeared in a 2019 choreographic work called TONIGHT.
Join Oonagh and Megan as they dive into the depths of lack, missing and yearning for swimming.
Lower Moonee Ponds Creek Tributary Project is an audio work that investigates the redirected, hidden and remnant creek tributaries of inner northwest Melbourne.
For Bus TV, Loew and Dunlop share a new work that is the consequence of a set of exchanges occurring over spring 2020. A series of videos form an intimate conversation about distance, isolation, depression and the consequences of stopping by choice and by necessity.
Abyss Lessons is a five part curriculum, exploring, through geologic and hydrologic states, our human and other-than-human entanglements through depth as a measure of being.
‘Casual Stain’ is a radio play based on Aaron Billings’ own experience working at a multi-national retail & homewares store as the Pandemic hit. Released Fortnightly on Thursday evening at 7pm. The next episode will air on Thursday 23 July.
Living Room is a series of short films by visual artist Nina Sanadze. Each film presents a portrait of a Melbourne artist captured in their home studio and sometimes at their job too.
Bus Projects and Jacina Leong invite you to submit an expression of interest for this free, four-part workshop will take place via Zoom, facilitated by artist-curator, Jacina Leong.
Fenton’s Feast is a podcast exploring food, stories, and community created by Alisa Tanaka King.
Eleanor Duffin (born Wexford, Ireland, currently lives and works in Bristol, UK) is a visual artist whose works are predominantly sculptural in nature. She employs a process of speculative questioning that draws influence from varied disparate ideas and anecdotes within anthropology, literature, physics and art history. She is interested in things that have a sense of self conscious autonomy and the potential to be generative agents.
Nick System delivers a 3 hour introductory workshop into Pure Data for Interactivity and Sound Art.****
Intermittent televisual broadcasts throughout the COVID-19 lockdown and beyond!
Queer(y)ing Creative Practice will be a monthly show on Bus Radio. Each month a new topic will be discussed between Zoë Bastin and guests.
A bedtime show hosted by Anatol Pitt from 10pm every Thursday on Bus Radio.
Gertrude Talks is weekly discussion series produced in partnership with Gertrude Contemporary. Each week a new theme will be unpacked by host Georgia Banks with past and present Gertrude studio artists.
Join Wiradjuri poet Jazz Money every week as she chooses a different poet to read live.
Caring for the Ecology is a show on Bus Radio that amplifies important conversation about the collaborative, collectivist and organisational structures that impact the way we work as arts workers and cultural producers.
Join us each Wednesday at 1pm on Bus Radio for 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐨𝐦, a series of discussions with artists from our program.
Terrestrial Sounds is a program of audio commissions produced by artists around near and far during the COVID-19 lockdown.
‘Dissemination is a lens’ features an eclectic mix of upbeat music and positive sounds selected by our nearest and dearest.
A music show presenting a mix of politically inclined tracks across all genres to help you through the day. Enjoy mixes by the Bus team as well as guest programmers during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Departed Acts is a performance-lecture series that invites Victorian artists, writers and curators to recall the experience of a pivotal exhibition or artwork that has influenced their practice.
Hosting a dinner online is a socially-engaged event that aims to create a sense of community through sharing food.
‘Collective-Kolektif’ hosts Indonesian collectives including KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Ace House, OMNI space, Ruang MES 56, and ruangrupa; alongside Melbourne-based groups Her Africa Is Real, Hyphenated Projects, eleven-collective, and Sound School, with more to be announced.
Archie Barry will present a thread of curated readings from their diary entries written between 1999 and 2019, laced together with excerpts of affect theory, linguistics and existential philosophy. Polyvocal and correlative, the presentation searches for ramified language that could function (or dysfunction) to touch the perpetual flux of personhood.
MUSIK BOX is an ongoing series of experimental music concerts featuring emerging and established artists and musicians. The upcoming concert features electronic music.
Please join us on Saturday 30 November from 2 - 4pm for ‘The Design Plot’. This will be the final event at Bus Projects’ current Rokeby st site. ‘The Design Plot’ is helping us say goodbye to our site that we have occupied since 2013 before we move into our new site at CAP in 2020.