AFF Expand Lab is an exciting new development lab and commissioning process that will foster a new generation of Australian moving image artists & creatives. Held during the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival, the inaugural Expand Lab will bring together 30 of Australian’s most daring artists to participate in a 5 day workshop from 23 – 28 October, 2022.

Mentors are Soda Jerk who will premiere their new work ‘Hand of Dankess’ at Samstag Museum of Art for the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival and mentor Lynette Wallworth, who is a two time Emmy award winning artist/filmmaker renowned for creating profoundly empathetic works while pushing the boundaries of emerging technologies.

The lab will result in the commission of one new moving image work to be presented at Samstag Museum of Art during the 2024 Adelaide Film Festival. In addition two pitches will be selected for development support in the form of mentoring by Illuminate Adelaide and Art Gallery of South Australia with the view of potential commissions.

Applications for the AFF Expand Lab are now open, and will close on 22 August.

Applicants should be practicing visual artists, media artists, filmmakers and XR/VR creators who are mid-career to established (at least five years of demonstrated professional experience).

You must be willing to work in teams and to collaborate with other participants on the development of projects to be pitched to industry specialists. One team will be selected for the AFF and Samstag Museum of Art $60,000 cash commission for a new moving image work to be presented at Samstag Museum of Art during the 2024 Adelaide Film Festival.

AFF Expand Lab is open to Australian participants, with 20 places available for South Australian and 10 places for national practitioners. It is free to attend the lab and each participant will receive a basic stipend to cover daily costs. National participants will receive financial support towards travel and accommodation. Participants must be able to attend each day of the lab, which will commence with a welcome event on Sunday 23 October followed by five-days of full-time commitment.

Participants will be selected by the AFF Expand Lab Steering Committee Members.

Enquiries can be directed to:

Julianne Pierce
Expand Coordinator/Facilitator
email: [email protected]
mob: 0419 260 390

The inaugural AFF Expand Lab is a collaboration between the Adelaide Film Festival, The Balnaves Foundation, Samstag Museum of Art , Art Gallery of South Australia and Illuminate Adelaide.

AFF Expand Lab is supported by an Arts South Australia Arts Recovery Grant.