Applications for Testing Grounds are now open! 

Testing Grounds is a personal mentorship and creative development program for early career artists. Now in its third year, this program is designed to support three Western Sydney-based artists to take the next step with their independent projects, develop their skills and become more confident artist producers.

After the pilot program across the last half of 2022, Testing Grounds continued in 2023 with a new cohort of artists. Across the year, the Testing Grounds participants were a part of monthly group sessions where they learned new skills, gave feedback and support, and put in the time to develop new work. Each mentee was also paired with a specific mentor to support where they were with their projects. You can read more about the 2023 mentees and their mentors here. We’re excited to see what surprises the 2024 cohort has in store.

This year, mentors will be selected after participants are selected so that we can better tailor the mentor to the mentee and their project. 

 You can apply by clicking the link or using the form below.


Applications close Monday 1 April 11:59PM. Email if you have any questions.

The program is produced by Creative Producer Miranda Aguilar.

Testing Grounds is proudly supported by ScreenNSW.