An initiative of Shark Island Kangaroo Valley, The ARTSLAB offers artists the opportunity to share their work in stunning and special places: the community owned Upper Kangaroo River Community Hall in the sublime Upper River area and The Store at the edge of town. The ARTSLAB transforms them into artistic hubs of music, film, theatre and conversations for audiences from the valley, the coast, the highlands and beyond.
Launched in 2015, The ARTSLAB has hosted a number of music events such as Steve Kilbey; Leonardo’s Bride; Tim Rogers; Montaigne; Holidays on Ice; Baby et Lulu; and screened new films including The Final Quarter; 2040; Sweet Country; Paul Kelly — Stories of Me; That Sugar Film; Frackman; How to Change the World; Suzy & The Simple Man and Last Cab to Darwin. Theatre shows include The Turn of the Screw (2020) and The Twins (2021).
Our programming reflects our philosophy of connecting artists to their audience by including discussion and process as part of the artistic program. Events include in-conversations with actors and musicians; Q and A’s with filmmakers; artist residencies and presentation of new work and works in progress.
The ARTS LAB is a not-for-profit arts program run by Shark Island Kangaroo Valley. There are many people who contribute to making it happen including the Upper Kangaroo River Progress Association committee, members and volunteers and our community sponsors and supporters.