Playing Field Studio is an intimate, multipurpose arts studio located in Canberra, ACT. The studio offers community art workshops, artist residencies, professional development for artists and affordable studio hire for community arts organisations.
Playing Field Studio recognises the important role the arts play in enhancing the well being of individuals. Through its activities the studio provides creative opportunities for members of the community who do not have access to mainstream art programs.
Affordable venue hire at Playing Field Studio encourages community organisations and individuals to practice and teach art forms on the fringes of mainstream arts practice. Playing Field Studio recognises the importance of nurturing art practices that do not receive mainstream support in order to maintain a diverse and strong arts community.
Playing Field Studio offers professional development opportunities for artists, allowing artists to develop their artistic practice in a comfortable, supportive environment. The studio is a hub for the local arts community to interact, exchange knowledge and pursue their passions.
Playing Field Studio is a not-for-profit organisation run by a volunteer Board and was incorporated in the ACT in August 2011.
Playing Field Studio is located on the campus of the Australian National University and the studio would like to thank the ANU for their ongoing support and for providing a wonderful community space.
Playing Field Studio’s Aims and Objectives
- Connect the community through creativity.
- Provide an inclusive and creative space to play.
- Provide a space for individuals and community organisations to run creative programs.
- Provide a space for artists to run professional development for other artists.
- Providing opportunities for artists to network and sponsor creative projects including residency opportunities.
- Playing Field Studio is for anyone who is interested in the creative arts.
- Playing Field Studio values a holistic approach to the creative arts, recognizing the value of the links between creativity and wellbeing.
- Playing Field Studio is compassionate and flexible.
- Playing Field Studio is financially and environmentally sustainable space for the community.
- The studio is focused on improvising the diversity of creative opportunities for the community and nurtures creativity and experimental forms of art.
- To strengthen partnerships with organizations and individuals with similar aims to playing Field Studio.
- Playing Field Studio is an awesome creative hot spot to play and explore all art forms.
Around 2005 Rénald Navilly, a Creative Arts Therapist and theatre maker, moved into a small studio located in the ROCKS. The ROCKS was a collection of community organisations located in old fibro huts between Childers Street and Kingsley Street and included organisations such as the Food Co-Op, Canberra Dance Theatre and the Conservation Council of the ACT.
In 2006, along with Holly Edworthy , an Art Therapist, and Alkeiya Brown, a Music Therapist, Rénald founded the Canberra Creative Arts Therapy Network to recognise the importance of play and creativity for good health and well-being. The group exchanged creative ideas and ran formal and informal workshops in an attempt to raise awareness among the Canberra community of the transformative power of the arts. After that association dissolved Rénald then invited other community organisations to hire the studio and early supporters and hirers include the Belconnen Community Services, Canberra Playback Theatre and Canberra Dance Theatre.
In 2010 Rénald was diagnosed with cancer and decided to establish an incorporated association to ensure the studio would keep operating as a community arts space in spite of his illness. He approached like-minded Canberrans and established an informal management committee. The name Playing Field Studio was chosen to reflect a place that encouraged people to play and experiment, a playing field for arts and health. The process of becoming incorporated was a long, hard road but finally in August 2011 Playing Field Studio became an incorporated association with formal aims and objectives and a Board. During this time the studio moved from Childers St to demountable buildings on Kingsley St and the car park next to the Street Theatre while waiting for a permanent home as part of the ANU arts precinct.
In February 2012 the studio moved to its new, permanent home on Kingsley Street.
Playing Field Studio would like to thank everyone who has supported the studio in its various incarnations over the past seven years. Rénald currently enjoys good health and continues to play an active role in the ACT arts community and the studio.