contemporary art and community life
Vitalstatistix champions contemporary arts practice, public dialogue, and progressive change through culture.
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. It’s here that we provide a space for creative incubation, community gathering, and compelling contemporary arts experiences.
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 foundational radical determination and progressive ambition still lie at the heart of Vitals.
Vitalstatistix’s initiatives support and advocate for expansive artistic practices that feature experimentation, diversity and underrepresented voices, care, collaboration, social engagement and change.
We deliver these initiatives through performances, residencies, laboratories, events, collaborative projects, and professional development opportunities 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: 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 change, with and for 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 thank and pay respects to Kaurna Elders, both past and present, and to First Nations leaders including emerging 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.