2015 program




Party for 1

Free Talks

Master Class




WA focus

A new annual program dedicated to displaying the work of Western Australian artists, WA Focus showcases recent and new work by local artists, selected to represent a mix of gender, experience and medium. AGWA will work closely with Western Australian artists and the art community to present exhibitions that display the range and depth of our state’s creative talent.

Proximity Festival - AGWA rooftop view, 2015. Image: Matt Sav.

Proximity Festival 2015

Curated by Sarah Rowbottam and Kelli Mccluskey
Co-presented by the Art Gallery of Western Australia

28 October - 8 November 2015

Full program and tickets

In October and November AGWA will be home to 12 intimate performances tailor-made for an audience of one!

Proximity Festival 2015 is 12 days of experimental performances, intimate gallery tours, caffeine-fuelled discussions, and a very special opening party.

Proximity's fourth annual program brings together 12 emerging and established artists from Australia and the United Kingdom who sensitively provoke you to reconsider what performance can be.

For the first time Proximity will take place during the day, with intimate one-on-one experiences embedded into the daily happenings of the collections, hallways, rooftop and hidden spaces of the Gallery.

In these spaces, you’ll be invited to encounter a series of 15-minute performances by artists who aren’t afraid to take risks in very intimate ways.

Go on a date as your online self, stargaze in daylight, connect with a forgotten landscape using water as your instrument, surrender yourself to a transformative abduction, and indulge in the humour of a family sex drama.

Proximity have built this festival from the ground up with one important person in mind – you.


Proximity Performances


The performance program for Proximity Festival is now sold out, but If you wish to join their wait list please head to Releases aren't guaranteed, but you'll be the first to know in case something pops up. In the meantime, make sure you don't miss out on ticket to the Opening Celebration PARTY FOR 1 happening Saturday 31 October.

Proximity Festival performances take place during the gallery opening hours.

Select from Program A, B, C or book to see multiple programs across the Festival.

Dates: Wednesday 28 – Saturday 31 October
Dates: Monday 2 – Sunday 8 November (closed Tuesday)
Sessions: 11.45am | 1pm | 2.30pm
Duration: 90 minutes no interval, includes briefing session
Tickets: $45 per program – includes entry to Day Spa

Day Spa

11am–4.30pm | Wednesday – Sunday
Take the time to treat yourself in Day Spa before or after you experience the Proximity performances. This is a space to be, rather than to do. Our prepper will guide you into relaxation.

Entry to Day Spa is for ticket holders only. You must arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to your performance start time to access the spa.

Learn more about the program performances here


Features new one-on-one performances by Chloe Flockart, Malcolm Whittaker, Mish Grigor, Jackson Eaton.

Book Program A here


Features new one-on-one performances by Tom Blake, Phillip Adams, Mei Saraswati, Caroline Garcia.

Book Program B here


Features new one-on-one performances by Leon Ewing, Emily Parsons-Lord, Brett Smith, Jo Bannon.

Book Program C here


Conditions of entry
Ticket-holders must arrive 5 minutes prior to the performance start time. Late entry will not be admitted. Proximity is an 18+ event. Please wear enclosed shoes. If you have access needs, please call us to book. Proximity Festival reserves the right to stop performances at anytime for the health and safety of both artist and audience member.

proximity festival events

PARTY FOR 1 Opening Celebration
from 6.30pm, Saturday 31 October
$15 pre-sale | $20 on the door

Public Talks

10am-11.30am, Fri 30 Oct | Wed 4 Nov | Sat 7 Nov


Helen Cole Master Class (UK)
Presented by Proximity Festival and CIA studios
10am-5pm, Sunday 18 – Tuesday 20 October
$250+gst Sunday – Tuesday (both sessions) | $65+gst Tuesday only

Read about the 2015 Proximity Artists here

Download the 2015 Program here

proximity program cover


proximity festival logo

Proximity Festival is co-presented by the Art Gallery of Western Australia. This project has been funded by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Image credits

(exhibition page banner) Proximity Festival - Art Gallery of WA, Your Collection 1800-today display, 2015. Image: Matt Sav.

Proximity Festival - Art Gallery of WA, rooftop view, 2015. Image: Matt Sav.


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Graham Miller
19 November 2015 - 28 February 2016




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