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 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.

Vitals values experimentation, public engagement, progressive voices and community life.

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

Our key initiatives include:

Residencies: supporting the creative development and premiere of new works.

Adhocracy: supporting the development and critical discussion of experimental, multidisciplinary arts projects in their early stages.

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

Commissions: commissioning partnerships with local and national collaborators.

Presentation programs: presenting and premiering seasons and exhibitions of contemporary performance and art.

Leadership and sector development: promoting and advocating for key issues facing independent artists and the small-to-medium arts sector.

Vitalstatistix, and our home Waterside, are on Kaurna Country, its sovereignty never ceded. Yerta Bulti, Port Adelaide, always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Kaurna Nation as the continuing custodians of the Adelaide Plains who have a spiritual relationship with this Country, and we respect their cultural authority. We pay our thanks and respects to Kaurna Elders, both past and present, and to First Nations leaders in our community and in the arts.

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

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