Founded in 2004, Punctum is an artist-led Live Arts organisation based in Castlemaine, Australia.
We're a key centre for Live Arts enquiry.
We examine the relationship between artist and audience through Live Arts productions and residencies fostering new approaches to performance making and audience engagement.
We work in collaboration with established and emerging artists, audiences, institutions, organisations and businesses.
We create programs which give contemporary art a central place in regional culture.
Our works are grown regionally and are presented locally, nationally and internationally.
We are small in scale and big in commitment.
We seek to advance contemporary performance practice by growing it in regional contexts.
Our productions, programs and curating generate unique opportunities for artists to experiment and develop new performance works with audiences in supportive regional settings locally, nationally and internationally.
Our aesthetic, like our approach to creating and collaborating, shifts with the expression of each subject, artists and setting.
Artists associated with our programs develop new works that push boundaries and open the way for audience collaboration and participation. We invite artists to experiment with installations and performances that encourage activation and reflection; to build contemporary art forms that are inclusive. We draw on local knowledge, sites and civic concerns, working in close proximity with residents. Through our programs we seek to gather people together to collectively reinterpret their present, reconsider their past and re-imagine their future.