contemporary art and community life

Vitalstatistix champions Australian artists who are creating new multidisciplinary art and progressive public dialogue. We are based on Kaurna Country, Yerta Bulti, Port Adelaide, South Australia. Our home is the Waterside Workers Hall, a heritage-listed union building on the Port River.

We aim to provide artists, audiences and our community with an innovative site for important ideas and outstanding arts experiences. We promote artistic practices that value diversity, experimentation, public engagement and that have something to say about the world now.

We were founded in 1984 by Margie Fischer, Ollie Black and Roxxy Bent – a radical and ambitious act by three women determined to make a difference to the opportunities for and workplace experiences of women artists in Australia. This radical determination still lies at the heart of Vitals, and we continue to focus our work around feminist, queer and First Nations artists and practices.

Working in partnership with artists, we offer year-round public programs of performance, residencies, projects, events, talks, exhibitions, festivals, collaborations and professional development initiatives for artists.

Our initiatives and activities include:

Residencies: our residency programs, which support the creative development and premiere of new works, and nourish long term relationships between artists and Vitalstatistix.

Adhocracy: our annual hothouse, supporting the development and critical discussion of experimental, multidisciplinary arts projects in their early stages; including national keynote projects and new opportunities for local artists.

Contemporary Communities: multi-year projects commissioning new art and performance around contemporary issues, experimentation and deep social engagement.

Commissions: annual and biennial commissioning partnerships with local and national collaborators.

Presentation programs: seasons and exhibitions of contemporary performance and art; sometimes developed through our initiatives, sometimes selected through a strong curatorial alignment with Vitalstatistix.

Leadership and sector development: sector initiatives such as around women and non-binary leadership and workplace safety, our annual talks and works-in-progress program, and other advocacy and communications with artists.

Vitalstatistix is generously supported by the South Australia Government, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and our many program partners. Adhocracy is generously supported by the Federal Government and the Australia Council for the Arts. Our communications/design partner is Freerange Future.

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Vitalstatistix acknowledges that we, and our home Waterside, are on Kaurna Country, its sovereignty never ceded. We acknowledge Kaurna people as the continuing custodians of the Adelaide Plains who have a spiritual relationship with this land. We respect their cultural authority. We pay our respect to Kaurna Elders, past, present and emerging, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.