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the impossible project

We are inviting the ideas that never got off the ground. Projects that were imagined but never became more than a sketch, an outline or model. Projects that might have been developed or pitched but never realised. Projects that were too expensive; too impractical; that simply landed in the wrong time or place. Or on deaf ears.

These amazing but never realised ideas can be seen at....

Featured IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT is from Deborah Kelly** and entitled SUMMON.

**Deborah refuses to believe that this is truly impossible (and we hope so too).


PQAU offer congratulations to authors Thea Brejzek & Lawrence Wallen for being selected for The Best Performance Design & Scenography Publication Award by PQ for "The Model as Performance Staging Space in Theatre and Architecture".

Thea and Lawerence have had a long history with PQ and the Australian exhibit. As exhibitors, through their association with UTS and the student section as well as via their many published works. We look forward to seeing more of them at PQ19.

Open Call for 36Q˚ Augmented/Virtual Reality Installations.

PQ seeks proposals from of VR/AR designers, artists and collectives, makers, modellers, technicians and programmers to contribute to the creation of a series of interactive projects that will be presented as part of the 36Q° in a large scale performative installation.

Deadline for Submission: 16 November 2018Selected Projects Notified: 10 December 2018

WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES:- Applications closing on the 31st OCtober, 2018.

For the next PQ there are two types of workshops on offer. All workshops are open to participants at any stage of their career.

In the first half of the festival (7-12 June), PQ Studio will present a series of “Results Driven Workshops”. These will be intensive, multi-day experiences that will have a public showing (such as a performance, installation, etc…) on the evening of 12 June. Participation in these workshops is by application only, with applications due on 31 October.


In the second half of the festival a further broad range of workshops will also be on offer. These, which PQ have titled EXPLORATORY WORKSHOPS, run from one to several days but will not require a public presentation. The full list of workshops will be available from early November and tickets available via PQ.

Image: During the opening of PQ15. Photo credit: Kate Bliss.


PQ, in partnership with World Stage Design, has launched a new internship program to give student and emerging artists valuable experience running complex international performing arts and exhibition projects.

Helping bridge the gap between academic theatre and the international professional world by providing additional training and experience to those individuals who are serious about careers in performance design and realisation and technical/event and production management.

Reminder: Applications are closing soon for PQ Talks and PQ Performance Space Architecture Exhibition are closing this week on the 31st of August. Visit www.pq.cz/open-calls for more information.


Congratulation to Bron Batten and The Hole Collective for being selected for the PQ site specific festival.

The Hole is a participatory live art performance in which a team of artists, assisted by the audience, will excavate a large round hole in a public place then fill it in again, exerting a huge amount of physical labour while essentially accomplishing nothing.


One hundred people contributed to our 2015 project 'THE COLOUR OF THE SKY TODAY' and for 2019 we will again be reaching out. Check back in early 2019 for invitations to contribute to 'IMPOSSIBLE THEATRES: ideas that never saw the light’.

Photo of'The Colour of the Sky Today' at PQAU15.


Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey’s sublime floating world ‘FIVE SHORT BLASTS’. Experiencing the beauty of the Vltava through the stories of locals and the lens of these artists was a highlight of the 2015 Architecture Program and one which all those who arrived via the deserted streets of Prague for the 5am starts will never forget.

This was the first time that the project was presented outside of it home town of Melbourne and launched several international excursions for the project.

(photo by Kate Bliss)


Prague Quadrennial is asking architects/space creators and performance designers to participate in a competitive exhibition by sending us short videos about projects realized in past 6 years. All submissions need to show the space as well as how it is used in performance. All submitted videos must include a dialogue between the space creator (architect) and the performance designer/s or performers using the space. The documentary video can be made on a smartphone and shouldn’t exceed 5 minutes.

Deadline for Submissions is Extended until 31 August 2018.


If you run a design course or studio workshop this one may be of interest to you.

The PQ Studio: Common Design Project explores the process of creativity and its resulting products through a curated exhibition of student designs that develop out of design-course work/assignment.

PQ Studio: Common Design Project celebrates the practice, craft and artistry of performance design.

For PQ 2019, the Common Design Project will serve as the catalyst for a global discussion between students and educators around the world as they explore and create designs for Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry. The project also includes organised critiques and discussion of the exhibited works.

Deadline for Institutions to Register Intent: 1 October 2018

• Deadline for Institutions to Submit Projects: 31 January 2018

• Successful Submissions Notified of Inclusion: 28 February 2019

Photo: Section of Countries and regions, Mexico. Courtesy of PQ.


The award seeks to recognize new and groundbreaking findings on underrepresented figures and themes in performance design (scenography) and space, and/or employ innovative methodologies in documentation, analysis, and (re)presentation in the broadest sense of the discipline.

The Best Performance Design & Scenography Publication Award during the Prague Quadrennial 2015 received wide-spread public recognition, expanding the visibility of a diverse range of publications created about and around performance design and scenography.

Published works released since 1 January 2015 are eligible for submission.

Works in any language are welcome.

Photo of Julian Day as part of PQAU15 by Kate Bliss


For PQ19 Student and Emerging Artist's Section we are pleased to be announcing a new collaboration between the students of NIDA, VCA and WAPPA. The design faculties have begun this year long collaboration and we are all looking forward to what emerges.

(photo: UTS, NIDA and VCA's exhibition in 2015, photo by Kate Bliss).


PQ Talks is an exchange of presentations, forums, and discussions exploring all aspects of performance design. PQ Talks will follow the main themes of PQ2019 connected with the cyclical phases of the creative process: Imagination, Transformation, and Memory. Through these areas the curators seek to explore “scenography” in its broadest sense, investigating what scenography is, what scenography could be, and what scenography was.

Important Dates

Deadline for Proposals: 31 August 2018

Announcement of Selection: 31 October 2018

Image: Renae Shadler and collaborators' YAWN as featured at PQAU15


We loved this PQAU15 moment. It’s the one where we blew our balloons up until they entirely filled the room & the expression on this young person’s face added the final flourish to an exceptional ten days.

….. and then, not long after, there was this moment.

In the final moments of PQAU15 we also loved finding new homes for all the PQAU furniture.

The desks are now in a Prague artist’s studio and the stools are supporting coffee drinkers in a café. We gave the lamps to friends and helpers & returned everything borrowed to its home and managed to find a new home for our helium tanks:- they went on to fill balloons for children in need.




Created with images by Martin Sanchez - "VIRTUAL SELFIE"

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