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  • arts & culture

Abbotsford Convent receives Heritage funding for new arts space

The Abbotsford Convent’s ageing Magdalen Laundries are set to become significant arts and cultural spaces, following newly-announced funding from the State Government.

31 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal
  • international

Pitcha Makin Fellas to light up Portugal

Ballarat art collective Pitcha Makin Fellas are set to make their international debut at Portugal’s LUMINA Light Festival.

30 August 2016
  • arts & culture

Victorian author claims the 2016 Miles Franklin Award

Victorian author Alec (A.S.) Patric has won the 2016 Miles Franklin Award for his novel, Black Rock White City.

29 August 2016
  • design

Enter the 2016 Archi Team Awards

Boutique architecture practices and emerging architects are invited to enter their projects for the 2016 Archi Team Awards.

26 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Creative partnership puts local audiences first

The Cube Wodonga and the Flying Fruit Fly Circus have joined forces to ensure local audiences are the first to see new productions from the national youth circus.

25 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Forum to explain new Child Safe Standards for the creative industries

New Victorian law requires organisations that provide services for children to meet Child Safe Standards by 1 January 2017.

24 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal
  • international

Applications are open for the 2017 Kluge-Ruhe Residency

Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist? Would you like support to develop and exhibit your work in the US?

23 August 2016
  • education

$190,000 takes creatives back to school

Victorian students are joining forces with creative professionals thanks to $190,000 in funding through the State Government’s Artists in Schools program.

22 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music

Victorians bring home the Art Music Awards

Congratulations to the outstanding Victorian artists and organisations that took home prizes from the 2016 Art Music Awards this week.

19 August 2016
  • design

Search on for best in Victorian design

From architecture to fashion, the search is on for the best in Victorian design and creativity.

19 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • international

Apply for the Prague writer-in-residence program

Since receiving the title of UNESCO Creative City of Literature, Prague has offered 6 residencies every year for authors and translators.

18 August 2016
  • fashion

Join industry leaders at Fashion Week workshops and seminars

Creative Victoria will present a series of workshops and seminars at part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2016, running from Monday 29 August to Friday 2 September.

17 August 2016
  • arts & culture

Keith Haring restoration doc comes to ABC

A documentary exploring the history and restoration of the iconic Keith Haring mural in Collingwood is set to air now on iView.

16 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • design
  • international

Festival of India opens tonight

The Confluence Festival of India opens tonight in Melbourne, with a host of performances, exhibitions and events taking place throughout August, September and October.

15 August 2016
  • arts & culture

New literary prize to honour Australian essay writing

A new literary prize valued at $15,000 has been launched by The Saturday Paper in partnership with Aesop.

12 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Call for anchor tenants for the Collingwood Arts Precinct

Following the recent announcement of a $3 million infrastructure investment by the Victorian Government, anchor tenants are now being sought for the Collingwood Arts Precinct.

11 August 2016
  • arts & culture

Find your fortune at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe

The Melbourne Fringe Festival program has officially launched and tickets are now on sale. With 463 events, featuring over 6,000 artists, the 2016 Fringe is the biggest yet.

10 August 2016
  • screen
  • games
  • education

Entries open for Schools Games and Apps Challenge

Victorian students in years 6, 8 and 10 the chance to pitch their own game or app to Microsoft, as part of a new coding competition, presented by Microsoft and the Victorian Department of Education.

10 August 2016
  • music

$60,000 in Music Works Quick Response Grants announced

Eleven artists will share in more than $60,000 in funding in the latest round of Creative Victoria’s Music Works Quick Response grants.

8 August 2016
  • arts & culture

Artists announced for 2016 Art Trams

Eight striking mobile pieces of art are planned for the 2016 Melbourne Art Trams season, with a new community tram devoted to the destroyed historical Smith Street feminist mural.

5 August 2016
  • music
  • regional

Live Music Office puts Australian music on the map

The national Live Music Office has harnessed the power of digital technology to create a national Live Music Map, an online tool to help bring the live music sector closer together.

5 August 2016
  • arts & culture

Copyright seminar targets museums, libraries and galleries

On Tuesday 16 August, the Australian Copyright Council will host a seminar exploring issues and opportunities around copyright for galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

4 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Yarra seeks community artists for monument to Stolen Generations

Yarra City Council is seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with links to Victoria to develop a creative outdoor work to commemorate the Stolen Generations

4 August 2016
  • screen
  • games

Round 2 applications open for ACMI co-working spaces

ACMI X, Australia’s first collaborative working space for the creative industries set up by major a cultural organisation, is seeking expressions of interest for its 12 remaining long-term co-working

3 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • international

2016 Melbourne Festival promises fire and ice

The 2016 Melbourne Festival program presents an irresistible assortment of the familiar and the unknown.

3 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • regional

Artists wanted for White Night 2017

White Night Melbourne will return to the streets, laneways and gardens of the CBD from dusk till dawn on Saturday 18 February 2017 and the inaugural White Night Ballarat will follow on Sat 4 May.

2 August 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • international

New future for chamber music competition

Australia’s most prestigious chamber music competitions are set for an exciting future, backed by a new consortium of leading music organisations and supported by the Victorian Government.

29 July 2016
  • arts & culture

Richard Lewer wins the $100k Basil Sellers Art Prize

Victorian artist Richard Lewers has won the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize for a series of paintings capturing the agony of sporting defeat.

28 July 2016
  • arts & culture

Jon Cattapan wins major QLD art prize

Melbourne artist Jon Cattapan has won the prestigious Gold Award, Queensland’s richest art prize.

27 July 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music

Next phase of Collingwood Arts Precinct underway

The disused Collingwood tech site is set to become a contemporary arts precinct, with support from the Victorian Government.

27 July 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

New fund launched to support regional events

Visit Victoria has launched a new program to support major events in regional Victoria.

21 July 2016
  • fashion
  • international

Victorian Fashion Designer Takes Top Prize

Lukas Vincent, originally from Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula, has won $50,000 in the Australia/NZ finals of the International Woolmark Prize.

20 July 2016
  • screen

Natalie Miller fellowship supports women in film

Applications are now open for the $20,000 Natalie Miller Fellowship, which aims to promote women as leaders within the Australian screen industry.

19 July 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal
  • international

International Engagement grant recipients announced

From circus in Cambodia to contemporary dance in Brazil to theatre in China, Victorian creativity will connect with the world in the next year with support from Creative Victoria.

18 July 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • education

Plans Unveiled for Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Melbourne’s Southbank is set to become one of the world’s best training grounds for the arts, with the construction of a new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

12 July 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Over $113 million to support independent arts sector

The Victorian Government will back 90 of the state’s independent arts organisations with an investment of over $113 million over the next four years, providing stability to the sector.

12 July 2016
  • arts & culture

Vale Helen Noonan

Victorian soprano Helen Noonan passed away last week, having made a lasting mark on both stage and screen.

8 July 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen
  • international

Melbourne Film Festival Program Launched

The 65th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) program has launched with world premieres, new program strands and a virtual reality showcase on the way. 

6 July 2016
  • music

GRID is for emerging musicians

GRID (Grass Roots Indie Development), a new artist development program, is currently seeking applications from emerging musicians with a connection to Melbourne’s outer South-Eastern suburbs and the M

1 July 2016
  • screen
  • games

Fellowships to back women in screen industry

Eleven women working across Victoria’s film, television and digital games sectors have been awarded support totalling $186,000 to boost their careers, through two new Film Victoria programs.

30 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen
  • aboriginal
  • education
  • regional

Culture Victoria Project Highly Commended by MAGNA

Culture Victoria project receives a 'highly commended' at at the 2016 Museums and Galleries National Awards

30 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Creative State Advisory Board

Victoria’s new Creative State Advisory Board has held its first meeting.

29 June 2016
  • design
  • regional

Victorian Architecture Awards Winners Announced

The Victorian Architecture Awards, presented by the Australian Institute of Architects, were presented in Melbourne on Friday evening.

28 June 2016
  • design

The Big Issue Celebrates 20 Years

The Big Issue, a magazine providing employment for some of Australia’s most disadvantaged people, is celebrating 20 years since it began in Melbourne.

27 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • international

Degas Exhibition Unveiled at NGV

Stunning works by 19th century artist Edgar Degas are now on show at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

24 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • design
  • regional

White Night to light up Ballarat

Ballarat will join Melbourne to become the second Victorian city to host a White Night when the all-night extravaganza returns for 2017.

24 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music

Kylie On Stage Coming to Arts Centre Melbourne

Kylie On Stage, a new world-premiere exhibition paying tribute to the touring legacy of Kylie Minogue, is coming in September 2016.

23 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music

Helpmann Awards Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2016 Helpmann Awards, acknowledging artistic achievement and excellence across Australia’s live performance sector, were announced at Arts Centre Melbourne earlier this week.

22 June 2016
  • screen

Vale Paul Cox

Paul Cox, one of the pioneering forces of independent Australian cinema, passed away on the weekend at the age of 76.

21 June 2016
  • fashion
  • international

Local Label Makes History at Milan Fashion Week

Victorian fashion label STRATEAS CARLUCCI makes history today as it becomes the first Australian brand to show its creations at the Milano Moda Uomo (men's fashion) component of Milan Fashion Week.

20 June 2016
  • arts & culture

Julia de Ville wins Natural Science Art Prize

Melbourne-based artist Julia de Ville was last week awarded $30,000 when she won the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize through the South Australian (SA) Museum.

16 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • education
  • regional

Creative Victorians Honoured by the Queen

Victorians who have made significant contributions to the creative industries have been acknowledged as part of the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List.

15 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen

Applications Open for Moving Image Commission

Applications are now open for ACMI’s Ian Potter Moving Image Commission.

15 June 2016
  • arts & culture

Australia Day Scores Unpublished Manuscript Award

Author and doctor Melanie Cheng has taken out the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for Australia Day.

14 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

New Sculpture Unveiled in Warragul

A new public artwork, celebrating Gippsland's magnificent Mountain Ash trees, has been unveiled in Warragul’s Civic Park.

10 June 2016
  • screen

Victorian Screen Industry Receives Big Boost

The Victorian television industry is set to continue its strong slate of production through a new initiative between Film Victoria and the ABC.

10 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Victorian artist wins National Indigenous Arts Award

Vicki Couzens, a Victorian interdisciplinary artist, consultant and community cultural development teacher, has been recognised at the National Indigenous Arts Awards.

9 June 2016
  • music

Melbourne Prize for Music Returns in 2016

Victorian residents making music across all genres are invited to submit their entries for the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016.

9 June 2016
  • design

Victorian Design Practice Wins Two Awards

Australia’s Good Design Awards were held last week with Victorian design practice Cobalt Niche taking out two awards: the 2016 Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Award and an Australian Design Award.

8 June 2016
  • music
  • aboriginal
  • international

Archie Roach Honoured at ISPA Congress

Victorian musician and activist Archie Roach AM was presented with the Distinguished Artist Award at the 2016 ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Congress.

6 June 2016
  • screen
  • international

The Leftovers to Film in Victoria

Victoria has secured filming of the third and final season of the HBO drama series, The Leftovers, with filming to commence in Melbourne in June 2016.

6 June 2016
  • screen

New Chair of the Board for Docklands Studios

Economist and strategy expert David Hanna has been announced as the new Chair of the Board for the publicly-owned film and television studio facility, Docklands Studios Melbourne.

3 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • games
  • design
  • fashion

Artists in Schools Information Sessions

Creative Victoria is inviting creative professionals and teachers to attend an Artists in Schools information session during July.

2 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • international

Masterworks from MoMA Coming to NGV

In June 2018, as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will present Masterworks from MoMA, an extraordinary exhibition featuring modern and contempor

1 June 2016
  • games

Victorians Dominate Women in Games Awards

Three Victorians have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at last week’s MCV Pacific Women in Games Awards, presented by Xbox.

1 June 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • games
  • design
  • fashion

2016 Governor of Victoria Export Awards Now Open

Applications are now open for the 37th annual Governor of Victoria Export Awards.

30 May 2016
  • arts & culture
  • design
  • regional

$2.1 Million to Creatively Transform Six Small Towns

Six small Victorian towns receive $350,000 to undertake an ambitious two-year project to creatively transform their communities.

30 May 2016
  • screen

SCORSESE at ACMI

ACMI is celebrating the life and works of one of cinema’s most influential filmmakers with the launch of the Australian-exclusive exhibition SCORSESE.

27 May 2016
  • music
  • international

Latest Music Works Quick Response Grants

Nine Victorian musicians, a record label, and a management agency will take up national and international opportunities thanks to the latest round of our Music Works Quick Response Grants.

27 May 2016
  • arts & culture

New President for Museum Victoria

Ethicist, educator, strategic advisor and Master of Melbourne University’s Ormond College, Dr Rufus Black has been named as the new President of the Museums Board of Victoria

26 May 2016
  • music

Vic Venues Need Good Music Neighbours

Good Music Neighbours will offer support to Victorian music venues to undertake sound management and soundproofing projects.

26 May 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Mildura Arts Centre Celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Mildura Arts Centre is marking its 60th birthday this weekend with several free events open to the public.

25 May 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music

Arts Centre Launches tixatsix

Arts Centre Melbourne has revealed its new access initiative, tixatsix, which offers at least 20-tickets per show every night across its venues, at the discounted price of $30 each.

18 May 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

$1.6 Million in Funding Awarded to Victorian Arts Sector

Ninety-six arts projects across the state, providing opportunities for more than 2,000 artists, will share in $1.6 million through Creative Victoria’s VicArts Grants program.

18 May 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Largest Ever Investment in Regional Touring

Creative Victoria has delivered its largest ever round of regional touring grants, with over $1.6 million to support a range of tours over the next three years.

17 May 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne Sign MoU

Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding.

17 May 2016
  • music

New Music Victoria Policy to Support Gender Diversity

Music Victoria adopts a policy to ensure at least 40% participation by women in the organisation’s activities.

16 May 2016
  • arts & culture

New Fund for Victorian Bookshops

The Melbourne City of Literature Office has launched the Known Bookshops Fund, supporting bookshops around Victoria to activate their shops and associated events in new and resourceful ways.

11 May 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • fashion

Marketing Innovation Fund - 2016 Recipients Announced

Shepparton’s Gallery Kaiela and Melbourne Fringe are among seven creative industries organisations that will share in $100,000 in grants through the latest round of the Marketing Innovation Fund.

10 May 2016
  • screen

Victorian Talent Shines at the Logies

The 2016 TV Week Logie Awards took place in Melbourne last night, with Victorian presenter Waleed Aly taking home the Gold Logie for Best Personality on Australian Television. 

9 May 2016
  • arts & culture

Organisations Investment Program Receives Extra $7.25 Million in Funds

As part of the $115 million Creative State funding package, $7.25 million has been added to the Organisations Investment Program (OIP) funding pool, for the 2017-2020 funding cycle.

6 May 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music

$20 Million Palais Theatre Upgrade Underway

The $20 million project to upgrade one of Melbourne’s most iconic music venues, the Palais Theatre, is now underway.

5 May 2016
  • music
  • aboriginal
  • education
  • international
  • regional

Grants of almost $500,000 Awarded to Victorian Music Industry

Forty-five Victorian musicians and music initiatives have been awarded almost $500,000 in funding through the latest round of the Music Works Grants program.

5 May 2016
  • design
  • education

Swinburne & CSIRO in New Partnership

Swinburne and the CSIRO have joined forces through a new strategic partnership that includes a focus on design and digital innovation.

3 May 2016
  • arts & culture

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei Breaks Attendance Records

The National Gallery of Victoria’s blockbuster exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei closed this week with a final attendance of 399,127 people.

29 April 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

2016-17 State Budget

The 2016-17 Budget has been announced with $152 million in new funds to support Victoria's creative and cultural sectors.

28 April 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • aboriginal
  • education

Indigenous Professional Development Grant Recipients Announced

An emerging hip-hop artist, a creative producer and an education manager have been named as the latest funding recipients via the Indigenous Professional Development program.

22 April 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

$115 Million and New Board to Build Our Creative State

Victoria's first creative industries strategy - an ambitious plan to build the state's film, television, digital games, design, fashion and arts sectors - has been released

19 April 2016
  • arts & culture
  • international

Readings wins Bookstore of the Year

Local independent retail chain Readings (Australia) has been awarded Bookstore of the Year at the International Excellence Awards, held during the London Book Fair.

15 April 2016
  • music
  • international

Quick Response Grants Award $50K to Local Music Industry

Ten music industry players will share in more than $50K in the latest round of funding through our Music Works Quick Response Grants program.

13 April 2016
  • screen

$1.5M For Film, TV and Games Projects

Victorian film, television and games projects are set to take over our screens with seventeen local projects sharing in $1.5 million from Film Victoria.

12 April 2016
  • games
  • international

Disney Crossy Road Hits #1 on US iPad Chart

Within 24 hours of being released for mobile devices, the international games collaboration Disney Crossy Road was #1 on the US iPad Chart.

11 April 2016
  • screen
  • international

Victorian TV Series Wins Top International Award

Season two of the locally made teen-oriented series Nowhere Boys has been awarded one of TV’s top honours.

11 April 2016
  • music

Courtney Barnett Scores at APRA Music Awards

Courtney Barnett’s winning streak continues with the Victorian musician being named Songwriter of the Year at the 2016 APRA Music Awards in Sydney on Wednesday.

8 April 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen

New ACMI Board Members

Several new members have been recently appointed by the State Government to the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) Board.

1 April 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

New Program Brings Creativity to Remote Classrooms

Expressions of interest are now open for Australia’s first virtual creative education program, Virtual Creative Professionals in Schools.

30 March 2016
  • arts & culture

33rd Green Room Award Winners Announced

The 33rd Green Room Awards, recognising outstanding achievements in the Melbourne performing arts sector, were held last night at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne.

22 March 2016
  • arts & culture

Comedy Festival Marks 30 Years of Laughs

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival celebrates its 30th birthday bringing with it more than 2,000 artists and 530 shows catering to all tastes and all ages. 

22 March 2016
  • screen
  • games
  • international

Disney and Hipster Whale Announce New Game

Entertainment giant Disney and Melbourne studio Hipster Whale have just announced a new partnership.

17 March 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • regional

Port Fairy Folk Festival Turns 40

From 11-14 March, one of Australia’s longest standing music events - the Port Fairy Folk Festival - celebrates its 40th birthday.

11 March 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • games
  • design
  • fashion

Courtney Barnett wins Australian Music Prize

Melbourne musician Courtney Barnett has won this year’s Australian Music Prize for her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

11 March 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • regional

Shepparton Festival Celebrates 20 Years

The 2016 Shepparton Festival is currently underway celebrating 20 years of art, culture, food and community in the Goulburn Valley region.

7 March 2016
  • fashion
  • aboriginal

Indigenous Fashion In The Spotlight

Victorian Indigenous fashion talent will take to the catwalk at this year’s Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival as part of a ground-breaking Global Indigenous Runway event.

1 March 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Pitcha Makin Fellaz To Dress The Dogs

After a triumphant White Night appearance, Pitcha Makin Fellaz are headed for a whole new spotlight.

26 February 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen

Scorsese Exhibition Coming to ACMI

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has announced a special exhibition celebrating American master filmmaker, Martin Scorsese.

24 February 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • design
  • aboriginal
  • international

White Night Draws A Record Crowd

Over half a million people flocked to the centre of Melbourne last Saturday night to experience the transformative spectacle of White Night 2016.

22 February 2016
  • arts & culture
  • design
  • international

India Delivers The Next MPavillion Architect

Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai has been engaged to design MPavilion 2016.

16 February 2016
  • arts & culture

State Library celebrates 160 years of serving Victoria

Today State Library Victoria celebrates 160 years since first opening to the public on 11 February 1856.

11 February 2016
  • arts & culture
  • fashion
  • international

NGV Acquires Major Fashion Collection

The National Gallery of Victoria today announced the acquisition of one of the world’s most sought-after fashion collections.

9 February 2016
  • games
  • international

Games Week To Return in 2016

Following the outstanding success of the inaugural event, Melbourne International Games Week will return from 31 October to 6 November 2016. 

5 February 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen
  • games
  • design

ACMI To Launch New Creative Hub

People from across Victoria’s creative industries will be able to collaborate and share ideas in a new ‘co-working’ space to be set up by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

3 February 2016
  • music

Over $50,000 Boosts Agile Music Industry

Ten recipients will share $52,032 in the latest round of Music Works Quick Response Grants, with 50% of the grants going to women in the music industry.

1 February 2016
  • arts & culture

Playwright Scoops Top Prize At 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Mary Anne Butler has become the first playwright to win Australia’s richest literary award, the Victorian Prize for Literature, for her emotionally charged play Broken.

29 January 2016
  • screen

Seen & Screened Award Winners

Last week Victorian screen practitioners were celebrated at Film Victoria’s annual Seen & Screened event in Melbourne.

29 January 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Victorians Take Australia Day Honours

Australia Day honours have been bestowed on Victoria’s creative community.

26 January 2016
  • design
  • international

Three Vic Firms Make World Architecture 100

Three of five Australian entries in the 2016 World Architecture 100 hail from Victoria.

20 January 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

$10 million boost to arts and culture in regional Victoria

Regional Victoria is set to benefit from a major investment in the state’s extensive network of regional art galleries and performing arts centres.

19 January 2016
  • games
  • international

Victorian Game Developers Crack Forbes Top 30 List

Two Victorian game developers have made the prestigious Forbes ‘30 under 30’ list.

12 January 2016
  • games
  • international

Victorians Take On World's Biggest Games Event

Victoria’s digital games industry is set to make a major splash this month at the world’s largest video game event – the 2016 Game Developers Conference (GDC) – held in San Francisco.

7 January 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Victorian Indigenous Art Awards Winners Announced

Artist Glenda Nicholls has taken out Victoria’s richest Indigenous art prize – the Deadly Art Award – at the 2015 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.

1 January 2016
  • music

Melbourne Postcodes Top The Charts

Melbourne has added to its credentials as Australia’s music capital, taking out four of the top five spots in APRA|AMCOS’s annual Australian Songwriting Postcode Rankings survey.

24 December 2015
  • arts & culture

Vic Artists Take Prestigious Oz Co Fellowships

Three of the prestigious Australia Council Fellowships have been awarded to Victorian artists.

22 December 2015
  • arts & culture
  • design

Design Teams Shortlisted For Library Redevelopment

Four architectural design teams have been invited to tender for the $83.1 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment Project.

22 December 2015
  • arts & culture

Marcus Westbury Named CAP CEO

The Chair of the Contemporary Arts Precinct (CAP) in Collingwood, Daniel Besen, has announced the appointment of Marcus Westbury as the inaugural CEO, starting in February 2016.

21 December 2015
  • arts & culture
  • design
  • education

Scienceworks reaches new visitor frontier

An incredible 500,000 visitors visited Scienceworks during 2015, to experience a packed program of exhibitions and events.

18 December 2015
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Indigenous Artists To Illuminate White Night

Three of Victoria’s most exciting Indigenous artists have been commissioned to produce major installations on some of the city’s most iconic sites for White Night Melbourne 2016.

16 December 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • games
  • design
  • fashion

Josh Muir awarded VCA Residency

Ballarat artist Josh Muir has once again received recognition for his talent and been awarded a year-long residency at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

14 December 2015
  • screen

Victoria Brings Home The AACTAs

Congratulations to all Victorian winners at the annual 2015 AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Awards last night. 

10 December 2015
  • fashion
  • education
  • international

Major Global Fashion Accolade for RMIT

RMIT has been named in the top ten in an international ranking of the world's best fashion schools.

9 December 2015
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Koorie Arts Show 2015 Winners Announced

The Koorie Heritage Trust announced the winners of Koorie Art Show 2015 last weekend.

8 December 2015
  • screen
  • design

Premier's Design Award Winners Announced

The 2015 Premier’s Design Award winners have been announced, with the overall prize shared by two distinct, and markedly different, design projects.

8 December 2015
  • arts & culture

2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Shortlist Announced

The 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist has been announced and 21 works have made the list. 

7 December 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • games
  • design
  • fashion

$2.4m Announced For Victorian Screen Industry

Season six of hit television show Offspring and a quirky web series about online dating are among the projects set

3 December 2015
  • arts & culture
  • fashion
  • international

Fashion Fest Celebrates 20 Years On Trend

Australia’s most exciting fashion talent will converge on Melbourne in March for the 2016 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.

3 December 2015
  • arts & culture
  • design

James Vollers Art Tram Wins Peoples Choice Award

Melbourne based photographic artist James Voller has taken home the 2015 Melbourne Art Trams People’s Choice Award and the accompanying $5,000 cash prize.

2 December 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Creative Industries Taskforce Report Released

Backing Victorian creative talent, building international engagement, and increasing participation and access will be key to making Victoria a more creative state and Melbourne a global city

27 November 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • international

MSO Builds Ties With Indonesia

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has forged an international partnership that may soon see them performing at an historic nineth century temple in Indonesia. 

27 November 2015
  • arts & culture
  • design

Shrine Gallery Leads Vic Architecture Acclaim

Victorian projects and Victorian architects have performed well in the Australian Institute of Architecture's 2015 National Architecture Awards.

16 November 2015
  • design
  • international

March Studio Takes World Prize

Melbourne architectural firm March Studio has been awarded the 'World Interior of the Year' for 2015 at the INSIDE - World Festival of Interiors in Singapore.

13 November 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • games
  • design
  • fashion

$704,078 Investment to Boost Local Music

Victorian musicians, bands, music festivals, venues and industry events will share in more than $700,000 as the Music Works program continues to boost the local industry.

11 November 2015
  • games

Vic Gamers Lead Australian Awards

Announced during Melbourne International Games Week, the 2015 Australian Game Developer Awards were dominated by Victorian companies.

10 November 2015
  • arts & culture

$1.3M Investment in Victoria's Independent Arts Sector

Victorian artists will work in regional areas, renowned international venues and unique outdoor spaces in 2016 thanks to more than $1.3 million in grants through the VicArts Grants program.

6 November 2015
  • arts & culture

Melbourne Artist Wins National Portrait Prize

Melbourne resident Warren Crossett has won the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, scooping the world’s richest portraiture prize on his very first attempt.

5 November 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • design
  • fashion

Bowie Is Takes A Bow

More than 199,636 people, including more than 87,800 from outside Victoria, visited David Bowie is at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

4 November 2015
  • arts & culture
  • international

City of Literature Travel Fund Recipients Announced

The Melbourne City of Literature office today announced the 22 recipients of its Travel Fund to enhance and promote Victoria’s vibrant literary culture.

2 November 2015
  • arts & culture
  • international

Major Asia Pacific Performing Arts Triennial Announced For Melbourne

Victoria’s best performing arts talent will collaborate with the best from across Asia to present an unprecedented four-month program of Asia-Pacific performing arts in Melbourne in 2017.

30 October 2015
  • music
  • international

Quick Response Grant Recipients Announced

Victorian singer WILSN will travel to the States with the help of a $5,000 Music Works Quick Response Grant.

27 October 2015
  • design
  • international

Swinburne Partners With Top Shanghai Design School

Swinburne University has partnered with one of China’s most prestigious design, research and innovation institutions – Tongji University’s College of Design and Innovation.

27 October 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Victoria To Make Creative Connections In China

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley is leading a high-level Victorian creative industries delegation to China to pursue partnership, cultural exchange, investment and export opportunities.

26 October 2015
  • screen

Film Vic Announces Industry Placements

Film Victoria as announced a round of industry placements that will see early career filmmakers and writers gaining valuable workplace skills in film and television.

26 October 2015
  • games
  • international

World of games comes to Melbourne

Australian and international game developers, studios, publishers, industry legends, technologists and gamers have converged on Melbourne for Australia’s biggest and most comprehensive games showcase.

26 October 2015
  • arts & culture
  • international
  • regional

To Market – Vic artists heading to APAM

Victorian artists are leading the charge at the 2016 Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM), with 20 of the 43 participants hailing from our state.

22 October 2015
  • games
  • international

Tin Man partners with Games Workshop

Victoria’s Tin Man Games, developers of digital gamebooks and interactive fiction, have announced a landmark partnership with Games Workshop.

15 October 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • games
  • design
  • fashion

Small Towns to undertake creative transformations

Dookie transformed a quarry into an open-air arts venue and now six new towns will be transformed by creativity following the return of the Small Town Transformations program.

13 October 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • games
  • design
  • fashion

Annual Reports Reveal A Year Of Creative Success

From avant-garde fashion to projects marking the centenary of WW1, 2014-15 was a year of diversity and dynamism for Victoria’s creative and cultural agencies.

7 October 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • games
  • design
  • fashion

Victorian Games Dominate Charts

Four games made in Melbourne hit the top of the iTunes download chart in Australia and the US over the weekend.

7 October 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • education

Vic curriculum targets arts and creativity

Arts and creativity will have a renewed focus in Victorian schools following the announcement of a comprehensive set of targets designed to drive improved student outcomes.

5 October 2015
  • screen
  • aboriginal

Putuparri Takes $100,000 Prize

Victorian production Putuparri And The Rainmakers has won Australia’s richest film prize.

1 October 2015
  • arts & culture
  • international

Vic writer selected for Prague residency

Victorian author and journalist, Liam Pieper has been selected from an international pool of writers for the inaugural Prague City of Literature Residency.

30 September 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music

Victorian Artists Shine At The Helpmann Awards

The 2015 Helpmann Awards were announced last night, honouring Australia’s dynamic live performance industry.

29 September 2015
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Gippsland Art Gallery celebrates golden anniversary

This weekend Gippsland Art Gallery will celebrate its 50th birthday with a day of celebrations and the launch of a new publication that documents the growth of the local gallery, Hindsight: Gippsland

25 September 2015
  • arts & culture
  • international

Willoh S Weiland Wins International Live Art Prize

Victorian artist Willoh S. Weiland, Artistic Director of APHIDS, has been awarded the prestigious International Prize for Live Art at Finland's ANTI Contemporary Art Festival.

22 September 2015
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

30th Anniversary Brings New Home For Koorie Art

The Koorie Heritage Trust has celebrated its 30th anniversary by ushering in new era – at a new location at Federation Square.

19 September 2015
  • music
  • international

Quick Response Grants Take Vic Music On Tour

Creative Victoria’s new Music Works - Quick Response grants program is sending a contingent of Victorian music industry professionals to the College Music Journal (CMJ) Music Marathon in New York.

17 September 2015
  • arts & culture

2015 Art Tram Hits The Tracks

Victorians can take a new kind of creative journey with the launch of the first Melbourne Art Tram for 2015.

17 September 2015
  • screen

$450K Funding Announced For Seven Screen Projects

Seven new Victorian film, television and web projects will get off the ground with assistance from the Victorian Government.

15 September 2015
  • arts & culture
  • international

Naomi Milgrom Named Commissioner For 2017 Venice Biennale

Naomi Milgrom AO has been appointed Commissioner for the Australian representation at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017.

14 September 2015
  • screen
  • games
  • international

Tanna Takes Audience Award in Venice

The audience award for the best film of the 30th Venice International Film Critics’ Week has gone to Tanna by Victorian filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.

14 September 2015
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

VIAA15 People's Choice winner announced

The people have spoken and Wadawurrung Elder and self-taught artist Aunty Marlene Gilson has been voted the People’s Choice at the 2015 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.

11 September 2015
  • arts & culture

$10mil Donation Aids State Library Redevelopment

A $10 million donation from the Ian Potter Foundation will contribute to the restoration and reopening of the historic Queen’s Hall at the State Library of Victoria.

10 September 2015
  • screen
  • international

Victorian Films Selected For Venice

The 72nd Venice Film Festival opens today, with two exceptional Victorian films included in the program.

3 September 2015
  • arts & culture

Helen Garner Wins Ned Kelly Award

Acclaimed Victorian author Helen Garner has won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for This House of Grief – The Story of a Murder Trial.

2 September 2015
  • arts & culture
  • education

Culture Victoria Expands Search Capability

Culture Victoria, the website that acts as a gateway to Victoria’s cultural collections and organisations, has expanded its search functionality.

2 September 2015
  • screen
  • international

Victorian Films to Debut at Toronto

Five Victorian feature films have been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious film events and the launching pad for the best of international cinema.

27 August 2015
  • arts & culture

Leading Arts Organisations To Investigate Cultural Value

Twenty one leading Victorian arts organisations will trial a new cultural value measurement platform in the second half of 2015.

24 August 2015
  • arts & culture

Melbourne Writers Festival Celebrates 30 Years

The 30th anniversary of the Melbourne Writers Festival will kick off tonight at the Melbourne Town Hall.

20 August 2015
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Josh Muir Wins National ATSI Art Award

Victorian artist Josh Muir has won the National Youth Award at the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin.

17 August 2015
  • design
  • international

Dubai Design Week to Showcase Melbourne Talent

Melbourne International Design Week will present a leading roster of Melbourne design talent at the inaugural Dubai Design Week, from 26-31 October 2015.

17 August 2015
  • arts & culture
  • international

Museum Victoria Signs Deal With Singapore

Museum Victoria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Singapore’s National Heritage Board, aimed at strengthening existing cultural and heritage collaboration between the two institutions.

13 August 2015
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Funding Boost For ATSI Arts Professionals

The latest round of Indigenous Professional Development grants deliver career-expanding opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts-workers.

12 August 2015
  • arts & culture
  • international

Melbourne Festival Launches 30th Anniversary Program

Some of Melbourne’s most exciting independent artists and companies will premiere new works alongside groundbreaking international artists in Melbourne Festival’s 30th anniversary program.

4 August 2015
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Thousands Contribute to Creative Consultation

Thousands of Victorians have shared their vision for Victoria’s creative future, contributing to the development of the state’s first creative industries strategy.

20 July 2015
  • arts & culture

Record Crowds And 7 Day Opening For The NGV

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will open for seven days a week from October 2015 following record-breaking attendance in the 2014-15.

17 July 2015
  • arts & culture
  • international

Grants support creative connections in Asia

Twelve Victorian organisations will share in $356,500 in funding for projects ranging from performance tours to cultural exchange activities.

9 July 2015
  • music

Music Works Grants - new program for Vic contemporary music

A new Creative Victoria program will support musicians, music managers and industry organisations to create, develop and showcase Victorian contemporary music.

7 July 2015
  • arts & culture

Chunky Move Celebrates 20 Years

Founded in 1995, Chunky Move has become one of the most provocative and exhilarating dance companies in Australia.

26 June 2015