Hopscotch Touring Initiative

Posted on April 5, 2011 by


Australia Council announced today their new Live Art touring initiative Hopscotch.

This pilot initiative supports national or international tours of innovative Australian live art. Your work must be tour-ready and you must have confirmed tour presentation spaces.


This Australia Council initiative aims to increase national and international touring opportunities for Australian artists to:

  • extend the life of Australian live art works through touring
  • build  knowledge, expertise and networks for touring live art
  • increase artists’ income levels and diversify their income streams
  • maximise visibility, audience knowledge and appreciation of Australian live art.


This fund provides support for the following activities:

  • one-offs – defined as one or a series of consecutive presentations of your work in the same city, town or presentation space
  • tours – defined as a series of at least three consecutive presentations of your work in three different cities, towns or presentation spaces.

You can apply for up to $10,000 to tour your live art work to presentation spaces which may be regional, interstate and/or overseas.  Requested funds can be used for travel and freight costs only.

Background information

Live art is a term used to describe work in which artists explore the live experience of artistic processes, pushing conventions of theatre, performance art and site-specific work. It may also engage local communities and diverse audiences to develop, create and participate in the live event.

Recently the Australia Council has supported live art initiatives including the Visible City laboratory with the Melbourne Fringe festival, the P4 (Pilot) project with Performance Space, PICA and pvi collective, and the upcoming Live Art Cultural Leadership program with Field Theory and Performance Space.

This is an Australia Council Market Development initiative, in partnership with the Inter-Arts Office.

Arts Development
Market Development aims to increase the visibility and viability of Australian arts with programs and initiatives that complement the sector plans of the artform boards. It is responsible for:

  • connecting Australian art with markets and audiences, nationally and internationally
  • building knowledge via research and evaluation
  • strategic investment and initiatives to help artists reach their full potential.

Inter-Arts Office
Part of the Arts Funding division, Inter-Arts supports new artistic practice that does not fall within the existing funding guidelines of the artform boards. This includes creative processes such as interdisciplinary and hybrid arts, and experimental projects involving artists and practitioners from other fields.


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