Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Details

Miller, S, Winning, F & Crea, T 2009, "Time_Place_Space 6", QUT, Brisbane: Performance Space, Jan/Feb.

Time_Place_Space (TPS) is a national professional development strategy for Australian artists to explore new methodologies and practices in hybrid/interdisciplinary arts with an emphasis on performance. TPS is a two-week, intensive, residential laboratory, which Performance Space, Sydney have managed since its inception in 2002. The sixth laboratory took place at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane. It is an initiative of the New Media Arts Board (now the Inter Arts-Office) of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.




Curated by Sarah Miller, Teresa Crea and Fiona Winning, ‘Time_Place_Space’ (TPS), is a national, research and development strategy for Australian artists working with hybridity and performance. A two-week artists’ laboratory, TPS6 is an initiative of the Inter-Arts Office of the Australia Council and managed by Performance Space, Sydney. Originally planned as a five-year project (2001 – 06), TPS6 took place at QUT’s Creative Industry Precinct, Brisbane, 2009.

International Facilitators: IWAI Shigeaki (Japan), Arahmaiani Feisal (Indonesia) and TANG Fu Kuen (Singapore). Australian facilitators: Margie Medlin (NSW), Teresa Crea (SA) and Constantine Koukias (TAS).


Each iteration of TPS seeks to create a research environment that is responsive to artists’ needs, and which takes advantage of facilitators’ expertise. The curators select facilitators and participants; develop the workshop’s framework and program; build strategies for support and delivery; and undertake project evaluation. For TPS6 a number of observers comprising Australia Council staff and international delegates from Asia, observed a small part of the lab in response to international interest in the project.

Research Significance

Originally planned as a five-year project (2001 – 06), TPS6 came into being by invitation of the Australia Council as a consequence of the project’s national and international impact on emerging and experimental art practices. Funded by the Australia Council and State Funding agencies, TPS6 received substantial in-kind support from site partner, QUT Creative Industries and Performance Space, Sydney. Arts Queensland funded the visiting artists’ talks and international delegates undertook a public forum at Metro Arts, Brisbane.