South West MESS 2023

South West MESS is back in Warrnambool!
April 28 to May 7 2023

After the success of South West MESS in 2022, MESS is returning to Warnambool with a truckload of outstanding electronic instruments for a big week of hands-on workshops, talks and performances for everyone in the South West community. Based out of One Day Studios at the iconic Fletcher Jones Factory, our 2023 program will see MESS pop up across the city with remarkable sonic experiences for all to enjoy.

There are a multitude of ways to get involved! Young people have the chance to join the 10-day Sphere Student Program to kick-start or build their electronic sound journey, practicing artists and young creatives with more experience (including those that participated in last year’s student program) can check out the small-group Trylon Mentor Program, and South West teachers will have the opportunity for professional development led by Ableton in ALTeration (Ableton Live for Teachers). There’s also the Plus 8 Community Program full community program of open studios, shows, workshops for everyone to get involved in!

Sphere Student Program

Friday, April 28 – Sunday, May 7
Open to ages 15 – 25 only

Our centrepiece week-long, full-time electronic music workshop intensive for secondary students and young adults. Spend every day immersed in electronic sound creation, collaborative and industry mentorship guided by professional artists. Applications due by 11.59pm on Wednesday, April 26.

Trylon Mentor Program

Saturday, April 29 – Saturday, May 6
Open to ages 16 – 26 only

Trylon is a new offering for 2023. A select small group of experienced young electronic sound artists will be able to build and refine their sonic creation skills. This multi-day mentorship program focuses on solidifying the creative and career skills every artist needs to take their work to the world. Applications due by 11.59pm on Wednesday, April 26.

ALTeration (Ableton Live for Teachers)

Monday, May 1 – Tuesday, May 2
Open to teachers based in the South West region

Professional development sessions for music and art teachers led by Ableton. Learn new skills using accessible software that brings electronic sound and music creation into the school environment. 

Plus 8 Community Program

Running across the week, join us for a range of South West MESS programs for local creatives and the public. A chance for everyone to get their hands on the MESS collection. Explore a range of free and ticketed events including open studios, workshops and shows!

Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, May 7

About South West MESS

South West MESS is a celebration of electronic music and instruments in Warrnambool, Victoria.