January 31, 2018


Image: Annelies Jahn, Untitled (mylar curtain), 2017 as part of The Shape of Memory (2017) at The Lock Up.

This year the Critical Animals festival will be presented as part of the TiNA festival in Newcastle, NSW from Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October.

We are now calling for proposals for our 2018 festival, anchored by the theme Give and Take. Do you feel like the world is in the midst of significant change? We do! While this uncertainty might be making us a little nervous, we’re ultimately excited about what’s in store for the future and the role we, and of course you, can play in igniting discussion and action around the issues most pertinent to our time.

Considering this, the Critical Animals 2018 program will explore the theme ‘Give and Take’. If your recent research been exploring this concept or the individual terms within it we encourage you to consider how you might be able to share your ideas, questions, processes, and reflections to provoke discussion at the Critical Animals’ 2018 Symposium.

While your work might not fit within this years theme, as always, we invite anyone whose practice experiments within the experience and interpretation of ‘critical research’. We love programming creative responses of all shapes and sizes and have a flexible definition of research that encompasses creative, experimental, interrogative, discursive, and practice-led approaches. Remember, Critical Animals is about igniting and expanding conversations, so don’t be afraid to pitch your original and uanorthodox ideas.

In the past, Critical Animals has held panels, workshops, installations, roving performances, live art, poetry readings, film screenings + more. Apply with an event in mind, or as an individual to be programmed into another event such as a panel or reading.

Critical Animals is all about bridging the gap between the evolution of thought and its physical or theoretical manifestation. We are very open to various and innovative critical and creative expressions. The This Is Not Art Festival is produced in participation with The National Young Writers Festival, Crack X and the Critical Animals symposium. Unsure which under which festival your idea fits? Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

This is a paid opportunity. Critical Animals will provide an artist fee of $200 to all artists participating in the 2018 Symposium.


Download the Call for Proposals info pack and start writing! Submit proposals and ideas via our Proposal Form by Sunday 31 March, 2018. Any questions should be emailed to us at criticalanimals@gmail.com. Please feel free to circulate this CFP to your networks and creative hubs. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Chiara, Holly and Jenna.

Critical Animals

Download the Call for Proposal Info Pack!

Submit your proposal via our Proposal Form!