Open Practice Studio (OPS) offers specialised  services for the development, ethical preservation, and advocacy of time-based art practices and ephemeral cultural materials.

We work directly with artists and institutions to develop tailored solutions for time-based art in a range of cultural and commercial contexts.


Open Practice Studio develops strategies, process and procedures including:

  • Studio development for individual professional artists

  • Best practice art documentation and registration

  • Conservation and archiving practices 

  • Advice on artist commissions

  • Acquisition of work and archives

  • Documents to articulate and present practice, including written and visual materials

  • Administrative and operational support for time-based art projects in the gallery, library, archive and museum (GLAM)

  • Advise on non-traditional research outcomes for academic and post-academic research


Open Practice Studio can also provide specialised advice for heritage materials that are ephemeral, audio-visual, variable, complex and community-focused. In this capacity, OPS extends its services to any collection or community seeking solutions for variable heritage materials.


Our expertise lies in the process, production, and documentation of performance, dance, installation, live art and sonic arts. We draw on 20 years experience spanning Australia, Europe and USA, within the visual art and performing art sectors, museums, festivals, collections, universities and art residencies.


Open Practice Studio (OPS) draws from a network of individuals with specialised knowledge, skills and techniques, facilitated by Helen Grogan. Currently based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, OPS works internationally through in-person, online, and remote methods. We are experienced in adapting methods to meet diverse access requirements, including neurodiversity.

Helen Grogan holds formal qualifications in dance, philosophy, and visual art. She is an alumnus of University of Melbourne, Amsterdam University of the Arts, City University of New York, and Deakin University.

Her experience in performance archives, exhibition archives and time-based art documentation includes work with The Kitchen (New York City), PS122 (New York City), Gertrude Contemporary (Naarm/Melbourne), c3 Contemporary Art Space (Naarm/Melbourne), Movement Research (New York City), Open Archive (Naarm/Melbourne) co-directed by Jared Davis and Helen Grogan, and Hannah Mathews’ exhibition project  Action/Response (Naarm/Melbourne).

As a practicing artist, her installation and performance works have been exhibited in Australia, Japan, Mexico, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Sweden and online with institutions including: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Naarm/Melbourne); National Gallery of Victoria (Naarm/Melbourne); Art Gallery of New South Wales (Warrane/Sydney); Samstag Museum (Tarntanya/Adelaide); Stadtpark Gallery (Krems); Rijksakaemie (Amsterdam); Kontext Festival (Berlin); Chunky Move (Naarm/Melbourne); Netherlands Institute of Architecture (Rotterdam); Ian Potter Museum of Art (Naarm/Melbourne); HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin).

Grogan is an experienced University Lecturer and practice-lead research supervisor. In 2019 her practice-based research was awarded the Jennifer Bowskill Photography Award.


m. +61 (0) 431690832

p. Studio 21, Level 8 
Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street Naarm/Melbourne
VIC, 3000, Australia 

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung as the Traditional Owners and sovereign custodians of the Country on which we practice. We extend our respects to their Elders past and present, and to all First Peoples.