Underbelly Arts develops and presents work from the boldest new voices in Australian art. Visual art, performance, theatre, live art, music, sound, dance, digital practice and ideas, with a focus on emerging artists and experimentation. By creating large-scale events in non-traditional spaces, Underbelly Arts bring audiences and artists together for new art experiences unlike any other.
Underbelly Arts started in 2007 as a response to the number of artists working out of their bedrooms and in warehouses, in isolation. As a kind of social experiment, it sought to bring all those artists together under one roof — to expose them to one another, and to new audiences. Since then Underbelly Arts and over 800 artists have inhabited and transformed iconic Sydney sites including Carriageworks, Fraser Studios Chippendale, and most recently, the historic Cockatoo Island. Participating artists are immersed in a residency program, the Lab where they develop their work, with a performance and exhibition outcome, the Festival. More recently, Underbelly has developed and honed the depth and breadth of its creative development and presentation opportunities for artists to include an international program, major co-commissions with peer Australian arts organisations, extended residency programs across regional Australia and unique satellite events.