CuriousWorks has re-opened applications for Testing Grounds, our creative development and personal mentorship program for early career Western Sydney artists.

Last year we piloted the program with our 2022 artists Natasha Pontoh-Supit, Sivani Yaddanapudi and Kim Pham. The three artists worked together to learn new producing skills around everything from project management and budgeting to vision boarding and goal setting, to even creating their first short film (which you can watch here!).

Last year, we only brought in one external mentor (the amazing Shy Magsalin of Ninefold Ensemble and Q Theatre), and this year, we’ve improved the program and brought in three industry mentors: Elias Nohra, Jules Orcullo and Laurrie Brannigan-Onato. Applicants can choose which of the mentors best suits their projects and vision to help guide their project.

The A- Z of the creative process is often weird and wonderful, but also opaque and confusing; it’s difficult to make new things on your own. Testing Ground is an opportunity to have the time, space and sounding board of other creatives to wade through the muck of creative process together. We’re so excited to see what new projects come out of Testing Grounds this year.

Apply to Testing Grounds today! Applications close March 10th.

Photo above features behind the scenes footage of the filming of the prototype short film, Bird Hands Beaver a Fishmint Bouquet, based on the feature film script by Kim Pham. The photo shows Kim and Sivani Yaddanapudi behind the camera. Testing Grounds folks really supported each other throughout!

Testing Grounds is a program produced by Miranda Aguilar. It’s been made possible through the support of the NSW Government through Screen NSW.