Artslab: Behind Closed Doors

Artslab: Behind Closed Doors

Shopfront Arts Co-op presents ArtsLab: Behind Closed Doors, a festival of 5 new works by emerging artists.

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This year’s ArtsLab artists will explore the personal vs public persona. Through the use of installation, film, theatre, documentary and pop culture, our artists will leave you questioning what stories and secrets we all hold near and how would we be perceived if they were made public. This festival will be at 107, Redfern.

The Season Pass is the best way to experience ArtsLab 2020 to catch every show. A Season Pass also grants exclusive access to our Industry Afternoon and after party!

26 FEB - 1 MAR, 2020. Wednesday – Friday 6.30pm / Saturday – Sunday 2pm

STALLS by Lily Hensby and Lana Filies - Wed-Fri 6:30pm, Sat-Sun 4:30pm

Through a series of short, sharp scenes, four actors will embody around twenty different characters – a woman who has run out of toilet paper, someone vomiting into a commode and a story about poo. Like light refracting off a single stream of wee, each scene exposes a different facet of world within the public toilets. A quick-fire play, Hensby and Filies’ STALLS is a relieving experience, creating an un-constipated kaleidoscopic view of the private and not so private universe within the public urinals. 

(Warnings: course language, simulation of poo, vomit and wee, simulation of drug and alcohol abuse, mature themes, violence, sex themes, haze.)

LITTLE JOKES IN TIMES OF WAR by Charlotte Salusinszky - Wed-Fri 7:30pm, Sat-Sun 5:30pm

It was a common Hungarian custom that even in the darkest of times, when two friends met in the street they would ask each other, "Do you want to hear a little joke?" This devised solo performance by Charlotte Salusinszky chases after her grandmother’s anger in the moment that ensured their family’s escape from Hungary in 1956, and pieces together the repercussions of this event on her grandmother and herself.

(Warnings: Adult themes, references to suicide. 15+)

AMPLIFIER by Tall Jan - Video screening from 10am daily. Sat Q&A from 3.30pm, Sunday Q&A from 2pm

What happens when you give a different face to the marginalised voice? Using audio from self-conducted interviews, this video artwork challenges the viewer to recognise experiences which are often ignored and to question the ethics of allyship. It's time to listen closely.

(Warnings: Adult themes, coarse language, sexual references. 15+)

PLASTIC SLIPPERS by Bill Chau - Installation open from 10am daily. Sat Q&A from 3.30pm, Sunday Q&A from 2pm

Chinese culture was not always met with open arms and a friendly chat with the neighbours, rather swept to the side, quietened by the loud laughter of suburban dinner parties and backyard cricket matches.  Come explore the nuanced beauty of Chinese- Australian culture and watch as Bill questions what it means to grow up in an immigrant family in his 2020 installation, Plastic Slippers. 

(Warnings: Loud Noises, Course Language, Incense - all ages)


STRIPPED by Luke Standish - Wed-Fri 9pm, Sat-Sun 7pm

Have you ever wondered what’s behind the doors of Australia’s male stripping industry? Part theatre, part documentary, Stripped unveils lived experiences of male exotic dancers. From a hen’s night with 10 drunken women to providing the boyfriend experience, there is more to male stripping than just taking your clothes off. We will unpeel perceptions and expose the lives behind these vulnerable, strong, and extraordinary men.

(Warnings: Haze, course language, loud noises, sexual references, partial nudity and erotic themes. 18+)


Industry Afternoon, SAT 29 FEB - 2pm onwards
Your Season Pass grants you exclusive access to the Industry Afternoon. Join us for industry arts panels and Q&A's with the artists as well as Speed Dating with leading arts organisation representatives after the shows.
  • 2PM - Panel: Artslab Artists and their Mentors. Join us for a discussion with the 2019-20 ArtsLab: Behind Closed Doors artists and mentors, to find out the twists and turns of their artistic journeys.
    3:30PM - Q&A with Bill Chau and Brendan Donnellan. Two of the Artslab artists for this year have created installation works, take this opportunity to ask any burning questions about their artworks and processes.
    8:00PM - Speed Dating. After seeing the 3 shows, stick around for free networking drinks with leading arts organisation representatives.

Book your Season Passes or individual show tickets below. Both installations in the Gallery space are free.


  • 26 Feb - 01 Mar, 20
  • Regular price $65.00 $35.00 Playwave Price

  • Recommended for ages 15+ 'Stripped' is strictly for ages 18+
  • 107 PROJECTS
    107 REDFERN ST
    REDFERN NSW 2016

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