25 September – 6 October at the National Art School

It’s a rare and special occasion to bear witness to the magic and the madness of experimental artists working behind the scenes. During this two-week creative development residency, artists from all 21 projects will be onsite at National Art School, developing, installing and rehearsing their ambitious projects. Take one of our Lab Tours to gain insight into their process, see their ideas take shape, ask them questions and give them feedback.

After a Lab Tour, stick around and join us for our Late at the Lab program of evening events: talks, workshops, lectures, film screenings, readings and performances run in collaboration with our friends at Runway Experimental Art, the NOW now, Subbed In, 2 Up and more to be announced. These events will provide new angles for thinking about the Underbelly Arts 2017 Festival program, drawing in new perspectives and establishing a shared language to think and talk about the Festival and its broader ideas.





7 – 8 October at the National Art School

Underbelly Arts Festival is a two-day, no holds barred presentation and celebration of contemporary Australian art in all its forms. Come and explore 21 ambitious new projects spanning installation, performance, dance, sound, visual art, intervention, digital art, radical opera, architecture, activist and participatory practices and everything in between.

Also make sure to take time to cure all your culinary cravings with a pit stop at our food and drinks precinct THE EATERY; get crafty at our Sunday FUNDERBELLY program for kids and families; and drift into new digital dimensions with the launch of UNDERBELLY ARTS ONLINE, our first exhibition of internet art presented in partnership with Adobe.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Hours
    • Saturday 7 Oct: 1pm-10pm


      Sunday 8 Oct: 12pm-6pm


      Special events:


      The Opening Night Party will run from 6pm-10pm on Friday 6 October at the Cell Block Theatre

      Sunday: 12pm-6pm


  • Getting There
    • Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival 2017 will be held at the National Art School, Darlinghurst, with entry at Forbes Street.


      Conveniently located next to Taylor Square, the National Art School is easily accessible by public transport.


      By bus is a two-minute walk from Oxford Street. Buses are frequent and easy to catch on Oxford Street, get off at Taylor Square and walk down Forbes Street to NAS.


      By train is a five-minute walk from Kings Cross station, or a 10-minute stroll from Museum Station, exit the station at Hyde Park (the corner of Liverpool and Elizabeth Street) and head up Oxford Street to NAS.


      As bus, rail and ferry timetables and routes can change, we suggest you visit the Transport for NSW trip planner before you set out.


      By bike NAS is very close to the Bourke Street cycleway. Bike racks are located on Forbes Street and in the National Art School. Please visit Sydney Cycleways for a full list of cycle routes to the Festival.


      There is no parking available on the Festival site, and we encourage everyone to jump on a bus, train, bike or to walk to Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival!

  • The Eatery
    • Wiped out from all that experimental art? Take a pit stop at The Eatery to recharge.


      We’ll have a number of your favourite Food Trucks serving up delicious festival treats, including In Bocca, Double Dip Diner, Agape Organic Food Truck and sweet treats by Dolce Bacio and Popelino. Not to mention bars and a special Longrain pop up restaurant serving up meals to cure all your culinary cravings.


  • Funderbelly (Kids and Under 18s)
    • Funderbelly – Kids Program


      Bring along the kids for a fun time, with our special Sunday FUNDERBELLY program on 8 October. Offering up workshops, activities and an interactive wayfinding map for the whole family to enjoy.


      Even better, we’re offering cheap tickets for under 18s and kids under 12 get in free.

  • Access
    • Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival is wheelchair accessible.


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      Underbelly Arts is committed to making experimental art accessible to everyone. If you would like any information of Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival in another format, or have suggestions on how to make this website or Underbelly Arts events more accessible, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us:


      Email: hello@underbellyarts.com.au

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