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Grants of up to $25,000 available to help celebrate Victorian music history

Applications are now open for the second round of Rockin’ the Laneways, a grant program designed to celebrate Victoria’s popular music history.

20 February 2017
  • arts & culture
  • design

New Melbourne Design Week to celebrate the value of design

The first Melbourne Design Week presented by the National Gallery of Victoria is primed to explore the value of design in Victoria from 16 to 26 March.

17 February 2017
  • arts & culture
  • international

Apply for a residency at Australia House in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field

Applications are now open for the 2017 Australia House residencies in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan.

17 February 2017
  • arts & culture

Women’s Circus launches residency for artists with a physical disability

Applications are now open for Groundwork, a new residency program at Women’s Circus for artists with a physical disability.

16 February 2017
  • arts & culture
  • international

2017 Asialink Arts Residencies announced

A range of exciting projects by Victorian artists are among the 33 to be supported through the 2017 Asialink Arts Residency program.

16 February 2017
  • music
  • regional

Australian-first program to drum up opportunities for regional music

The Victorian Music Crawl is a new initiative which aims to build connections between Melbourne and regionally-based music industry leaders

16 February 2017
  • arts & culture

Wanted: clever marketing ideas

The Marketing Innovation Fund is back for 2017 and ready for applicants from small-to-medium Victorian organisations across the creative industries.

15 February 2017
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Bunjilaka seeks artists for exhibition honouring the 1967 Referendum

Victorian Aboriginal artists are invited to submit expressions of interest to participate in an exhibition at Bunjilaka

15 February 2017
  • arts & culture
  • international

Victorian Opera nominated for major international innovation award

Victorian Opera has been nominated for the 2017 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award, honouring 11 years of forward-thinking creative vision.

14 February 2017
  • arts & culture

MTC welcomes a new crop of women to the theatre

Thirteen new participants will join Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre program in 2017.

10 February 2017
  • arts & culture

New initiative to improve mental health and wellbeing in the arts industry

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is focused on improving the mental health and wellbeing of Victorian arts workers.

9 February 2017
  • music
  • aboriginal
  • regional

2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival to showcase diverse Victorian talent

Multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana and blues folk legend Kutcha Edwards join a stellar line-up of talent at the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival.

9 February 2017
  • arts & culture

Submissions wanted for the Swell Sculpture Festival

Artists are now invited to submit their ideas for the Swell Sculpture Festival, Queensland's largest outdoor sculpture exhibition.

8 February 2017
  • music

Music Victoria to nurture the next generation of live music professionals

We are proud to support Music Victoria to deliver a new professional development program targeting independent promoters and live music venues.

7 February 2017
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Information Session: Funding for Creative Projects

Creative Victoria is inviting Geelong’s creative community to attend an upcoming information session, Funding for Creative Projects.

6 February 2017
  • arts & culture

Head On Photo Awards offer a $50,000 prize pool

Australian photographers are invited to submit entries for the 2017 Head On Photo Awards, a global competition offering a $50,000 prize pool.

3 February 2017
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Enter the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous writers

A $5000 cash prize and a residency at Melbourne’s Trinity College are on offer with the 2017 Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers.

2 February 2017
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Victoria’s first regional centre for culture program announced

Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander, Central Goldfields and Hepburn Shires will host the state's first Regional Centre for Culture program in 2018.

1 February 2017
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Vale Trevor ‘Turbo’ Brown

Creative Victoria would like to acknowledge the passing of Trevor ‘Turbo’ Brown, a Latje Latje man from Mildura and a highly respected artist.

1 February 2017
  • arts & culture

Drama reigns as 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards are announced

Writer, director and actor Leah Purcell has won Australia's richest single literary prize.

31 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Colossal Reko Rennie artwork unveiled in Kew

Victorian contemporary artist Reko Rennie has created an artwork the size of an Olympic swimming pool on the foundations of the Lyon Housemuseum expansion in Kew.

31 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • design

Creative Victorians recognised on Australia Day honour roll

Nick Cave and Paul Kelly are just two of the creative Victorians recognised for their contribution to public life last week.

30 January 2017
  • arts & culture

ACMI to host first Australian edition of the ground breaking Museum Next conference

ACMI is set to host Museum Next from 15-17 February, the world’s leading conference on the future of museums.

26 January 2017
  • arts & culture

Grant announcement - VicArts Grants

$1.8 million will help bring diverse new creative projects to life and provide job and career development opportunities to more than 2,700 Victorian artists.

25 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Creative Spaces: Guild offers new working spaces for the arts

Creative Spaces: Guild is a new development that will transform over 1000m2 of vacant retail space into a collection of arts spaces in the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

25 January 2017
  • music

Grant announcement - Rockin' the Laneways

Five music history projects have been supported through the first round of the Victorian Government's Rockin' The Laneways program.

24 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • music

Vale Richard Divall AO OBE, conductor and composer

Richard Divall, former music director of the Victorian State Opera, has passed away after a protracted battle with cancer.

23 January 2017
  • arts & culture

$17,000 on offer in the inaugural Footscray Art Prize

The Footscray Art Prize, a non-acquisitive visual art prize for contemporary artworks across multiple platforms and disciplines is now open for entries

19 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • international

Victorian arts industry joins Australia’s mission to the Venice Biennale

Creative Victoria is pleased to announce the successful Victorian applicants in the Australia Council’s 2017 Venice Biennale Professional Development program.

19 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • international

Asia TOPA to present the immersive XO State festival

In the middle of the inaugural 2017 Asia TOPA festival, audiences are invited to step onto the State Theatre stage and into XO State.

18 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Artists invited to pitch ideas for Warrnambool street art project

The seaside city of Warrnambool in Victoria’s south-west has put the call out to artists to enliven its CBD through two new public artworks.

17 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • music

New online music documentary series, Voice for Change

Voice for Change is a brand new online documentary series, produced by Mushroom Group and supported by the Victorian Government, that aims to tackle youth issues and rais

16 January 2017
  • design

Australian architects can now practice in the US thanks to landmark agreement

Architecture registration authorities in the US and Australia have reached a landmark agreement for cross-border licensing of architects.

13 January 2017
  • arts & culture

Artists wanted for The Other Art Fair Melbourne

After two successful editions of The Other Art Fair Sydney, The Other Art Fair is set to launch in Melbourne in Autumn 2017.

12 January 2017
  • screen
  • regional

New funding for Australia’s longest-running short film festival

The Victorian Government has shored up support for Australia's longest-running short film event.

11 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Artists sought for summer in the snow

Falls Creek Resort Management (FCRM) is offering artists the opportunity to participate in a unique Artist-in-Residence program.

10 January 2017
  • arts & culture

Vale John Leslie OBE

Creative Victoria would like to acknowledge the passing of John Leslie OBE, a generous patron of the arts.

9 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • fashion
  • regional

Kylie on Stage tours regional Victoria

Music fans and fashion lovers in Ararat, Geelong and Mildura will have the chance to discover more about pop star Kylie Minogue.

6 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • regional

New funding to boost regional arts and audiences

Regional performing arts centres and galleries are finding new ways to connect and inspire audiences with grants through the Full House and Engaging Audiences programs.

5 January 2017
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

School holiday fun at Victoria’s major creative hubs

Victoria's state-owned creative organisations have a ton of school holiday activities on offer.

23 December 2016

Happy holidays

Creative Victoria will remain open over the summer break.

23 December 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Artists wanted for Geelong After Dark

Expressions of Interest are now being sought from individual artists or groups to be involved in Geelong After Dark 2017.

21 December 2016
  • arts & culture

An $850k boost for creativity in the suburbs

Nine local council areas in Melbourne will share in $850,000 funding in the first round of the Victorian Government’s Creative Suburbs program.

21 December 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

$90,000 sends the arts to Victoria’s small towns

Sixteen regional communities across Victoria will benefit from $90,000 funding injection through the Small Regional Presenters program.

20 December 2016
  • arts & culture

Tourism boost for Melbourne Arts and Southbank Precincts

From January 2017, Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne will throw open its doors seven days a week during business hours and welcome a new City of Melbourne Visitor Hub.

20 December 2016
  • music

Speak Percussion fellowship on offer for female composers

Victoria’s acclaimed Speak Percussion will offer a new year-long fellowship to an outstanding female Victorian-based composer in 2017.

20 December 2016
  • screen

Diversity a winner in latest screen funding announcement

From sport to health, comedy and gritty social drama, a diversity of Victorian voices, ideas and talents are headed to the big and small screen.

19 December 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen
  • international

Leigh Whannell's futuristic feature film to shoot in Melbourne

Victoria continues to attract ambitious productions with today’s announcement that director Leigh Whannell will shoot his new sci-fi thriller Stem in Melbourne.

16 December 2016
  • arts & culture
  • design

NGV to champion new era in Victorian design

The Victorian Government has teamed up with the National Gallery of Victoria to deliver a new dedicated program to celebrate, promote and strengthen Victorian design

16 December 2016
  • design

Clever bike bell takes out Victoria’s top honour for design and innovation

A ground-breaking bicycle bell has been awarded the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year, the highest honour for design and innovation in the state.

15 December 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Apply for Showcase Victoria 2017

Applications are now open for Showcase Victoria, Victoria’s performing arts marketplace.

14 December 2016
  • arts & culture

Extraordinary philanthropic gift to deliver new ‘Victoria Gallery’

A state-of-the-art new gallery exploring Victorian history will become a new visitor drawcard at State Library Victoria.

14 December 2016
  • screen

AACTA honours for Victorian people and productions

The 2017 AACTA Awards were announced last week, with a host of Victorian talent and productions named among the winners.

13 December 2016
  • music

Australia music history – straight from the vault

Arts Centre Melbourne will be home to Australia's music hall of fame with the announcement of the Australian Music Vault.

13 December 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • aboriginal
  • regional

White Night Shines On Ballarat

White Night will come to Ballarat for the first time in 2017.

12 December 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • games
  • aboriginal
  • regional

Thousands expected to join the party for White Night 2017

Melbourne will transform for White Night when the cultural showstopper returns next year.

12 December 2016
  • arts & culture
  • fashion

Seventy years of Dior couture to grace the NGV

A collaboration between the House of Dior and the NGV, the Melbourne-exclusive exhibition will celebrate 70 years of one of the world's most influential fashion labels.

9 December 2016
  • games

Funding takes new games projects to the next level

Nine Melbourne game developers will share in more than $440,000 in the latest round of Film Victoria's games investment funding.

6 December 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

New Indigenous arts festival set for 2017

The City of Melbourne has announced the revitalised Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival: YIRRAMBOI.

6 December 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

10 productions to hit the road with Touring Victoria grants

Contemporary dance, classical music and lauded theatre works are headed to regional and outer-metropolitan Victoria in 2017 .

6 December 2016
  • arts & culture

Top ABC Exec to lead Museums Victoria

Museums Victoria have announced that they will welcome a new CEO early next year with Lynley Marshall set to take the top job.

5 December 2016
  • arts & culture

2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards has been announced, with 21 titles in contention in five categories.

5 December 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Creative professionals needed for new education program

Independent artists and arts organisations are invited to submit expressions of interest for the second round of the Virtual Creative Professionals in Schools Program.

5 December 2016
  • arts & culture

New children’s gallery to inspire next generation

A new state-of-the-art children’s gallery has opened at Melbourne Museum, providing a wonder-filled creative space for young Victorians to learn through play.

5 December 2016
  • design
  • aboriginal
  • international

Architecture honours for Victoria’s first vertical school

Hayball Architecture has taken the World Future Project of the Year Award for their vertical primary school design in South Melbourne.

1 December 2016
  • arts & culture

Local History Grants of $15,000 on offer

Public Records Office Victoria (PROV) is offering grants of up to $15,000 for projects that will preserve and share local history.

29 November 2016
  • music
  • international

Tash Sultana and more to receive Quick Response grants

Indie pop artist Tash Sultana will ride a wave of critical acclaim to the United States next year, with support through the latest round of Music Works Quick Response Gra

29 November 2016
  • music

$1.2M investment in the next generation of Vic music

Music Under Wings is a $1.2 million professional development program for emerging contemporary music artists, industry personnel, live music events and venues.

28 November 2016
  • arts & culture

Digital exhibitions celebrate Victoria’s LGBTI communities

The pioneering struggles and stories that have defined Victoria’s LGBTI community are celebrated in two new digital exhibitions.

28 November 2016
  • screen
  • aboriginal

New Victorian TV series delivers a sporting good time

The 2016 footy season may be over but Etihad Stadium is still seeing plenty of on-field action with cameras rolling on the new Australian television series The Warriors.

25 November 2016
  • music

Victorians make some noise at the 2016 ARIA Awards

Congratulations to the Victorian winners at the 2016 ARIA Awards.

24 November 2016
  • arts & culture

Alison Lester wins State Library of Victoria’s Dromkeen Medal

State Library Victoria has awarded Alison Lester with the 2016 Dromkeen Medal.

23 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen
  • international

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne lives on

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) – one of Australia’s most significant foreign language film events – has been locked in for another two years.

23 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Bendigo Art Gallery announces 2017 Going Solo artist, Louiseann King

Bendigo Art Gallery has revealed Louiseann King to be the 2017 Going Solo artist.

23 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Grants available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers

Funding is now available for requests between $500 and $2,500 as part of the Indigenous Professional Development Program.

22 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • design
  • education
  • international

Victorian Architectural practice wins inaugural American Architecture Prize

Architects McBride Charles Ryan have recently been awarded Interior Design of the Year at the inaugural American Architecture Prize (AAP).

21 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen

Winners of the Screen Producers Australia Awards announced

Last night the 16th annual Screen Producers Australia Awards were announced at the 2016 Screen Forever Conference in Melbourne.

18 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music

‘ON AIR: 40 years of 3RRR’ free exhibition at the State Library of Victoria

Melbourne's Triple R is celebrating a significant milestone this year with the free exhibition 'ON AIR: 40 years of 3RRR' at the State Library of Victoria.

18 November 2016
  • arts & culture

Listen up, a guide to Australia’s best podcasts and radio has arrived

Released this week, Australian Audio Guide is an online library of quality Australian audio content.

17 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • regional

Recipients of The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016 announced

Last night The Age Music Victoria Awards celebrated our state’s music talent as part of the Melbourne Music Week 2016 program.

17 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music

Event grants available to celebrate St Kilda’s creative hub

Acland Street, in the heart of Melbourne’s seaside suburb St Kilda, is being revived with the addition of a new plaza.

16 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • international

National Gallery of Victoria presents a world-first with David Hockney: Current

Legendary British artist David Hockney has launched the world-premiere exhibition David Hockney: Current at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

15 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • design
  • regional

Plans for Ararat’s new arts precinct make headway

Ararat in Victoria’s south-west is set to boast a revitalised arts precinct with plans for a game-changing redevelopment now in motion.

11 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music

Kutcha Edwards cleans up at the 2016 Melbourne Prize for Music and Awards

The recipients of the 2016 Melbourne Prize for Music and Awards have been announced, with Mutti Mutti musician Kutcha Edwards taking home two awards.

11 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen
  • international

Flagship screen conferences call Victoria home

Melbourne has secured two of Australia’s principal screen industry conferences for the next three years, strengthening Victoria’s position as the creative state.

10 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • international

Playwright Joanna Murray-Smith wins the 2016 Mona Brand Award

The winner of the inaugural Mona Brand Award for Women Stage and Screen Writers is Victorian playwright, novelist, poet and screenwriter – Joanna Murray-Smith.

9 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • design
  • education

Winners of the 2016 Victorian School Design Awards

Victorian architects and designers have proven to be top class, taking out prizes in this year’s Victorian School Design Awards.

8 November 2016
  • design

Victorian accolades in the National Architecture Awards 2016

Members of Victoria’s innovative architecture community have been commended with praise and prizes at the National Awards of the Australian Institute of Architects 2016.

7 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal
  • international

Opportunities for Aboriginal arts professionals to work at Venice Biennale 2017

Creative Victoria is supporting four Victorian curators and visual arts managers to gain valuable professional experience at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

3 November 2016
  • arts & culture
  • games
  • international

Explore Melbourne International Games Week 2016

A brave new world of digital gaming is promised for the second instalment of Melbourne International Games Week (MIGW).

31 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music

$500,000 Music Works Major Funding Round announced

Forty-six projects will share in $500,000 as part of Creative Victoria's latest Music Works Major Funding Round.

28 October 2016
  • screen

Vic writers honoured at the 2016 AWGIE Awards

Barracuda, Please Like Me and the upcoming feature film Ali's Wedding were among those honoured at the 2016 AWGIE Awards.

28 October 2016
  • screen

Wildcard pitch opens the door for emerging filmmakers

Filmmakers who do not meet the criteria to apply for Screen Australia’s development funding streams can try their luck with the Wildcard Pitch.

27 October 2016
  • arts & culture

107 Projects launches $10,000 prize for playwrights

Sydney’s 107 Projects and Actors Centre Australia (ACA) have launched The New Plot, a national playwriting award with a $10,000 cash prize.

26 October 2016
  • design

ABS statistics show that architecture drives new employment

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals that architectural services are driving job growth nationally.

26 October 2016
  • music

Face the Music unveils stellar 2016 program

Victoria’s leading contemporary music industry conference is set to return in 2016, bigger and better than ever.

25 October 2016
  • music

$10,000 commission available to Victorian jazz composers

Melbourne’s PBS 106.7FM has teamed up with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival to present the sixth annual PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission.

24 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal
  • regional

The Silo Art Trail to form Australia’s largest outdoor gallery

The silos of Victoria’s Wimmera-Mallee region are set to become giant canvases in an exciting new art project – the Silo Art Trail.

21 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • education

Bakehouse Studios and RMIT win collaborative education award

Melbourne’s Bakehouse Studios and RMIT University have won the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Local Hero Award.

21 October 2016
  • arts & culture

Create Career Fund grants available to support artists and authors

The Copyright Agency is offering grants to support mid-to-late career visual artists and authors.

20 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • design
  • fashion
  • international

NGV showcases the fashion artistry of Viktor&Rolf

Prepare for a spectacular showcase of the unexpected and avant-garde with the launch of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

20 October 2016
  • music

Grants to keep music venues loud and proud

Twenty-six Victorian music venues are preparing to turn up the volume - without disturbing their neighbours - thanks to grants totalling $279,897.

19 October 2016
  • arts & culture

Victorian authors shine in Prime Minister’s Literary Award nominations

Victoria’s exceptional literary talent is recognised in the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards nominations.

18 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Annual report shows creative industry funding at work

The 2015-16 Annual Report outlines the department's work and achievements, including the work of Creative Victoria.

18 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen
  • education
  • regional

Annual Reports highlight a year of creative growth and achievement

From dinosaurs to David Bowie and The Dressmaker, 2015-16 was a year of variety, achievement and audience growth for Victoria’s creative and cultural agencies.

17 October 2016
  • arts & culture

VU at Metro West offers creative grants to artists

Victoria University is offering $1,500 grants for artists to exhibit at their VU at MetroWest facility in 2017.

15 October 2016
  • screen

Screen leaders celebrate another year of success

Five prominent local screen practitioners have been honoured by Film Victoria at the 2016 Screen Leader Awards.

14 October 2016
  • music

Music Works funded projects taking place in October

Here are a few projects we have supported this month.

13 October 2016
  • music
  • international

October Music Works Quick Response grants announced

The latest round of Music Works Quick Response grants will support international networking and tours by some of Victoria’s most exciting music acts.

12 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen
  • design

Vale Alex Stitt, AM

The graphic designer who created the iconic Australian advertising campaigns Life Be In It and Slip Slop Slap has passed away.

11 October 2016
  • arts & culture

Vic authors honoured in West Australian awards

The 2016 West Australian Premier’s Book Awards were announced last week, with three Victorian authors named among the winners.

10 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

New grant program invests in Victoria’s creative suburbs

Melbourne is widely recognised as the cultural capital but the Victorian Government is shining a light beyond the CBD with a new grants program to invest in creativity in

7 October 2016
  • design

Architects invited to redesign Frankston Train Station

Registered Australian architects and urban designers are invited to submit concepts for the redesign of Frankston Train Station

6 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • aboriginal
  • regional

New Program for Small Regional Presenters

A new program that will support regional Victorian communities to attract the best performances and live events to their towns has just been launched

6 October 2016
  • education
  • regional

Virtual program brings creativity to remote classrooms

Victorian students and teachers in remote locations are set to benefit from Australia’s first virtual creative school residencies program.

6 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • design
  • aboriginal

All Aboard Melbourne Art Trams 2016

The first Melbourne Art Tram for 2016 has hit the tracks.

5 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • international

VicArts Grant recipients presenting work in October 2016

Check out what VicArts Grants-supported artists are up to this October  – at home and abroad.

5 October 2016
  • music
  • international

Can you deliver the next Indian Film Festival of Melbourne?

Film Victoria is seeking expressions of interest from organisations to deliver the 2017 and the 2018 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

4 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

TAC offers grants up to $50,000 for great road safety ideas

Funding of up to $50,000 is available for great creative ideas that help to spread the message of road safety in Victoria.

4 October 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Join us for Democratising The Creative City - An Evening with Indy Johar

Leading UK innovator, academic and architect Indy Johar is headed to Melbourne in October to deliver a talk on the role of democracy in creativity.

29 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music

Grand Final fever grips the creative industries

To celebrate footy fever and the long weekend stretching ahead of us, Victoria’s creative scene has sprung into action.

28 September 2016
  • music
  • international

Songwriter residency opens doors in Nashville, TN

The Australia Council for the Arts is offering a three-month residency in America’s music heartland, Nashville, Tennessee.

27 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • international

Inaugural program launched for Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts

The full program for the inaugural Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA) has been announced.

27 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • screen

$3.85m to bring Victorian creativity to the screen

Geelong’s Back to Back Theatre will leap from stage to screen and an Australian-made video game and graphic novel will become an animated feature.

26 September 2016
  • music

New grants program to celebrate Vic music heritage

The Victorian Government has launched a new program to celebrate our music legends, stories and successes in other locations across the state.

23 September 2016
  • games
  • international

Melbourne to host second international Games Week

The program for the Asia Pacific's biggest games celebration launched today - Melbourne International Games Week 2016.

22 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • international

Melbourne secures National Ballet of China showstopper

China's acclaimed opera ballet The Red Detachment of Women will be performed by the National Ballet of China in its Australian debut at Arts Centre Melbourne.

21 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Flying Fruit Fly Circus seeks collaborators and offers creative space

Creative Space is a new initiative from Flying Fruit Fly Circus, the national youth circus based in Albury on the Victorian/NSW border.

21 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • design
  • fashion

Kylie Back on Stage in Major New Melbourne Exhibition

The stunning stagecraft of one of Australia’s biggest music icons has gone on show at Arts Centre Melbourne in a new exhibition, Kylie on Stage.

21 September 2016
  • screen
  • regional

Lorne Film 2016 Offers Prizes for Filmmakers and Screenwriters

Calling all filmmakers and screenwriters! Entries to Lorne Film 2017, the annual Lorne film festival, are closing soon.

20 September 2016
  • fashion

$50,000 prize package offered in Emerging Fashion Designer Awards

Entries are now open for the 2017 BT Emerging Fashion Designers Award, offering a $10,000 cash prize.

19 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • international

Van Gogh Masterpieces to go on Show at NGV

The masterworks of one of the art world’s most famous figures will go on show at NGV next year in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Van Gogh and the Seasons

16 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

2017 Asialink residency program now open

Victorian artists are invited to apply now for the 2017 Asialink Arts Residencies program.

15 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • aboriginal

Call for entries for the 2016 Koorie Art Show

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living in Victoria are invited to enter the 2016 Koorie Art Show, Victoria’s largest Koorie art competition.

14 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Entries open for the 2016 Wangaratta Art Show

A prize pool of $7,500 is on offer for artists that enter the 2016 Wangaratta Art Show, which coincides with the 2016 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.

13 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

Join the Creative Exchange: Perfecting PR

The Creative Exchange (formerly the Expert Program) is your gateway to the latest trends, topics and news shaping the sector today.

12 September 2016
  • music
  • education

School kids invited to enter songwriting competition

The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) has launched its 14th Annual National Songwriting Competition for students.

9 September 2016
  • arts & culture

Tony Birch wins Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing

Tony Birch has won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing for his novel Ghost River.

9 September 2016
  • arts & culture

Curator sought for Australian Theatre Forum

Theatre Network Australia is seeking a Curator for the 2017 Australian Theatre Forum, which will be held as part of the 2017 OzAsia Festival in Adelaide from 3-5 October

8 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • design

2016 Tapestry Design Prize winner announced

Singapore-based architect Justin Hill has won first prize in The Australian Tapestry Workshop’s 2016 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects.

7 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • international

VicArts Grant recipients presenting work in September 2016

Check out what VicArts Grants-supported artists are up to this September – at home and abroad. 

6 September 2016
  • arts & culture

Australia Council launches call out for peer assessors

The Australia Council is seeking arts industry professionals to join peer assessment panels that will help to judge the merits of grant applications.

6 September 2016
  • arts & culture

Library sector offered free places at independent publishing conference

The Melbourne City of Literature Office is offering subsidised places at the Small Press Network (SPN) Independent Publishing Conference on Friday 11 November at The Whee

5 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • education

Explore biomedical breakthroughs at Melbourne Museum

A stunning new exhibition at Melbourne Museum turns the body inside out for all to see.

2 September 2016
  • arts & culture
  • regional

Museums Australia offers roving curators

The Roving Curator Program is an initiative by Museums Australia (Victoria) to help museums and galleries develop engaging and dynamic exhibitions.

1 September 2016
  • 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
  • music

See Coco’s Lunch live at Government House

The Governor’s Performance Series returns in September with a free concert by Melbourne’s internationally acclaimed purveyors of original A Cappella, Coco’s Lunch.

30 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
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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

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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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