Considering Practice is a four-day intensive workshop investigating the core principles, values and intentions that underpin our independent arts practices. A move towards an enhanced ability to establish practices that fulfill our goals, align with our intentions and establish a greater awareness and resilience for the future.

The workshop is open to artists of all backgrounds and core skill bases, from performance to management, installation to choreography. It is open to all artists seeking greater clarity in their current practice and interested in considering structures and strategies to re-define their current practice toward stronger future outcomes.

The participants will investigate:

  • Exploring and articulating core values
  • Processes of problem solving and project development through the articulation of values and intentions
  • Development of key collaborative relationships - our roles within projects and those that will be sourced via others to create sustainable collaborations and networks.
  • The roles we fulfill and the roles that fulfill us.
  • Strategies for building resilient communities of practice.

Where: Dancehouse
Date: 4-7 December 
Time: 10am-2pm
Price: Early Bird $225 (before November 13th), Full Price $275.


Leisa Shelton's Considering Practice workshop is made possible through Dancehouse's new artist IN_RESONANCE program: a year long residency and reciprocal relationship with established artists from Dancehouse's community. As part of this program Dancehouse is offering 2 completely subsidised places to Dancehouse Members for this workshop. To be considered for a free place submit an EOI, and sign up as a Dancehouse Member.

EOIs are now closed.


Leisa Shelton is a performance artist and curator. Her practice foregrounds collaboration and advocacy for brave, contemporary transdisciplinary work. Leisa's current practice is focused on curatorship – initiating new frames for the presentation and development of performance, nationally and internationally. Leisa is co-curator of the Venice International Performance Art Week (VIPAW), International Facilitator of Asia Discovers Asia Meeting (ADAM), Artist Lab – Taipei and was head of Performance Making (animateuring) at the VCA 2008-2013 and Community and Social Practice, VCA 2014-17.

Leisa's recent live works include: Mapping Australian Media Art (2014–16) featured in Experimenta Recharge: 6th International Biennial of Media Art national touring program and SCRIBE – live writing toward the democratic document, commissioned for the 2016 Festival of Live Art and recommissioned for Spill Festival in the UK and as a city wide project for Dance Massive 2017.