Creative State Commissions is an initiative of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy. The program will commission major new works by Victorian independent creative practitioners and organisations that are ambitious in scope and scale, that have the potential to create an enduring legacy through widespread audience and community engagement, and that increase tourism to the state.
The program will also support Victorian independent creative practitioners and organisations to develop skills required to plan, resource and deliver large scale commissions. The commissions may be delivered through local, national or international partnerships, and may comprise one or more creative forms that include but not limited to: large-scale performative works including musicals, visual artworks, ephemeral works, literary works, public artworks, design and screen-based works.
Examples of ambitious, large-scale, impactful, collaborative works that have generated long-term outcomes:
Download the Creative State Commissions program guidelines
Each round will be delivered through a two-stage application process.
Stage 1 - Open Call: Applications for up to $20,000 to undertake concept development and a feasibility study for a proposed major commission (after peer assessment, between 5 to 10 applications will be supported and invited to apply to Stage 2)
Stage 2 - By Invitation Only: After developing a detailed creative concept and completing a feasibility study, invited applicants can apply for $300,000 up to $1,000,000 towards the realisation of the proposed major commission (after peer assessment, between 1 – 3 commissions will be supported).
Who can apply
Victorian-based organisations, institutions or creative enterprises/businesses that are legally constituted.
The proposed commission must be led by a Victorian-based independent professional creative practitioner, team or collective.
An individual Victorian creative practitioner, team or collective working outside of an organisational setting, can only apply in partnership with a suitable Victorian organisation, institution or enterprise/business. The eligible partner must make the application and not the individual.
The applicant will need to demonstrate a successful record of working in partnership with creative practitioners in the realisation of complex projects of scale; good governance and organisational integrity.
Prospective applicants must call program staff before applying.
Stage 1 opens: 30 December 2017 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Stage 1 closes: 5pm, 8 February 2018
Stage 2: By invitation only - April/May 2018
Stage 1 opens: 30 May 2018 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Stage 1 closes: 5pm, 21 June 2018
Stage 2: By invitation only - August 2018
Who to talk to
Christabel Harvey, Senior Manager: 8683 3134 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiona Beckwith, Senior Arts Officer: 8683 3137 or 1800 134 894 (toll free country Victoria landlines only) or at email@example.com
Links and downloads
Creative State Commissions program guidelines
Creative State Commissions application drafting tool
Creative Victoria Budget drafting tool XLS, 103.0 KB
Information for all applicants
Creative State Stage 1 Peer Assessors
Creative State Commissions Round 1 Stage 1 Recipients
Creative Victoria Grants Portal