UNSW Creative Practice Lab

UNSW Creative Practice Lab (CPL) is a specialised arts unit within SAM that supports teaching and practice-led research across a diverse range of disciplines. We manage the School's performance venues, rehearsal studios and technical resources.

CPL staff members are industry professionals, technical magicians, filmmakers, producers, sound makers and production designers. We work closely with students, researchers and artists to develop new work and we program a range of inspiring events throughout the year.

What help is available

We have resources and information in all areas of production for live performance and screen arts. There are a number of performance and rehearsal spaces attached to the school as well as costumes, set, props and equipment that you may find useful.

You can use any of our performance venues for filming, depending of course on their availability, and they do get very heavily booked so plan ahead. There is more detailed info under venues on the School's website. Besides performance spaces, there are also rehearsal studios on the third floor of Webster, as well as two Dance Studios situated behind Io Myers Studio.

The CPL team support the creative practices in the School of the Arts and Media. The many facets of the CPL's work include: producing, supporting and instructing in the development of performance and cross-media works; operating and maintaining resources and facilities and linking the University with the professional creative industries.

For more information on the facilities, props and costumes, technical resources and range of venues and spaces available for hire to both student and external groups, visit the Venues & Hire page.

Stay in touch by signing up to the SAM newsletter, bursting with info and opportunities!

Contact us at cpl@unsw.edu.au or connect with us on social media

SAM Alumni Creative Residency & Grant

SAM Alumni Residency and Grant

SAM Alumni Creative Residency & Grant

The SAM Alumni Residency Program is an initiative from the School of the Arts & Media (SAM) and the Arts & Social Sciences Faculty to support our recent graduates in their professional creative endeavours. This flexible residency program is designed to support the development of a specific project and is open to Alumni from all disciplines in the School.

To be considered a recent graduate for this program, applicants need to have completed their studies between 2008 - 2017 inclusive.

Resident artist(s) will have access to SAM facilities and resources - depending on availability - for up to 4 weeks including rehearsal spaces, recording studios, audio-visual equipment, workshops, and props and costumes stores. You will benefit from access to the expertise of the staff in the UNSW Creative Practice Lab (CPL) and the UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Technical Resource Centre. This includes technical and production advice, access to industry networks, and design advice. We will also provide connection to relevant academic teaching and research staff where appropriate. Applicants will be able to shape their own residency, within the parameters of available resources.

Along with access to facilities and resources, the selected artist(s) will be awarded a grant up to $5,000.

Applications have closed for 2018.

More information here

Visiting Artists & Creative Projects

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Visiting Artists & Creative Projects

We work with industry partners from artist development to production and incorporate artists’ process and outcomes into teaching and research. Visiting artists provide opportunities for researchers and students to engage with their work, providing expertise in specific disciplinary fields and access to creative networks.

There are invitations to showings and works in progress, we encourage you to attend, ask questions and give feedback.

Read more about current and previous visiting artists here.

Creative Practice Lab Team

Su Goldfish, Manager/Producer
s.goldfish@unsw.edu.au | 9385 5684
Contact for: general enquiries; programming 
View staff profile. 

Mark Mitchell, Production Manager
m.mitchell@unsw.edu.au | 9385 4863
Contact for: equipment hire; technical assistance
View staff profile. 

Paul Matthews, Designer
p.matthews@unsw.edu.au | 9385 5378 
Contact for: costume, set and prop hire; production and graphic design assistance
View staff profile. 

Tom Hogan, Communications & Technical Assistant
t.hogan@unsw.edu.au | 9385 5684
Contact for: enquiries about the SAM Newsletter 

If you require assistance please phone and make an appointment first.

How to find us

E8 Theatres Entrance

The UNSW Creative Practice Lab is situated in the newly built E8 Theatres Building. It's so new, it's not even on the map yet!

Enter the UNSW Kensington campus via Gate 2 High St and turn right at the roundabout into Third Avenue. The entrance is off this road, opposite the University Terraces carpark. Photo of our entrance above.

The Creative Practice Lab offices are on the basement level. Enter through the glass doors and down the stairs to the left, or down the elevator and along the corridor to the right.

There is very limited parking in the Gate 2 area around the E8 Theatres. During the day, paid parking is available opposite our entrance beneath the University Terraces. Free parking is available from 6:30pm in the car park next to NIDA accessed through Day Ave. There are loading zones around the Gate 2 area.

More information on getting to UNSW.
Download a campus map showing our new location.  (PDF) [9 Mb]

The map above shows the old Io Myers Studio. We're just next door!