Creative Victoria delivers a multifaceted program of funding and support for the creative industries while managing a large portfolio of State-owned assets. Below are some of our flagship projects.
Creative Industries Strategy
Creative Victoria is responsible for leading the development and delivery of the Victorian Government’s strategy for the creative industries. Under the Creative Victoria Act, every four years, a new strategy must be developed to guide the government’s investment and initiatives.
In April 2016, the state’s first creative industries strategy Creative State 2016-2020 was launched. For details visit the Creative State website.
Work is now underway for the next strategy, Creative State 2021-2025.
First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries
The First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries 2018-2020 is the Victorian Government’s commitment to providing improved strategic support of First Peoples’ culture, cultural expression and creative practice in Victoria.
Cultural infrastructure projects
ACMI is undergoing a multi-million-dollar makeover which will transform it into one of the world’s most innovative museums. In the new ACMI, emerging technologies and transformative architecture will combine to create a globally connected museum of the future.
Collingwood Arts Precinct
Located at 35 Johnston Street, the former Collingwood Technical School site in inner city Melbourne has been a place of creativity, collaboration and inspiration for more than 140 years. Made safe by a $2 million capital investment by the Victorian Government, the site will soon be home for small and medium creative organisations as well as artists and complementary businesses. See more on the Collingwood Arts Precinct.
Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment
The Geelong Arts Centre has recently undergone a major $38.5 million redevelopment, transforming the Ryrie Street side of the centre, and a $128m project is now underway. For more information, see Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment.
Melbourne Arts Precinct
The Melbourne Arts Precinct in Southbank is being transformed into one of the great creative and cultural destinations in the world thanks to a bold, city-shaping Victorian Government vision. Phase One of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project has been funded and will deliver a new purpose-built contemporary art and design gallery, an 18,000 sqm immersive public garden and more. To find out more about Australia's largest ever cultural infrastructure project, see Melbourne Arts Precincts.
State Library of Victoria Redevelopment
The State Library of Victoria has undergone a huge transformation with the help of a $60.4 million investment from the Victorian Government and almost $28 million in philanthropic support. The redevelopment has opened up 40 percent more of the iconic building to families, students, researchers and visitors of all ages. For more information, see State Library of Victoria.
Support for the Design sector
Victorian Premier’s Design Awards
These awards celebrate Victoria designers and design innovations and promote the value of good design.
Major cultural initiatives
Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM)
APAM champions contemporary Australian performance nationally and internationally by deepening relationships and stimulating new markets and pathways through exchange, reciprocity, and hospitality. It was established in 1994 by the Australian Council for the Arts and has been held as a biennial event since then. For more information, see Australian Performing Arts Market
Melbourne International Games Week
Held annually in October/November, Melbourne International Games Week is Asia Pacific’s largest digital games celebration featuring conferences, events and activities for the games industry, games enthusiasts, the general public and educationalists.
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces
Introduced in 2004, Melbourne Winter Masterpieces is the name for an annual series of major exhibitions which balance curatorial excellence with popular appeal.
Highlights include Van Gogh and the Seasons, Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay, Tim Burton: The Exhibition, Game Masters and Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs. These blockbuster events have brought the richness of international collections to Victorian audiences and drawn record-breaking crowds. For more information, see Melbourne Winter Masterpieces.
UNESCO City of Literature
In 2008, Melbourne was named the second City of Literature within UNESCO's Creative Cities Network. UNESCO Cities of Literature work together to build strong global partnerships: encouraging literary exchanges, creating cross-cultural initiatives and developing local, national and international literary links. Each city is also dedicated to pursuing excellence in literature on a local level, engaging citizens in a dynamic culture of words.
Collections and digitisation
Victorian Culture Network/Culture Victoria
The VCN began as a collaborative partnership between five of the State-owned arts agencies - Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Museums Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria and State Library of Victoria. The VCN creates awareness around collecting organisations and the cultural collections they hold in Victoria.
Victorian Collections are the public face of the VCN. This site delivers digital collection preservation and access initiatives for the VCN partners, as well as for small to medium metropolitan and regional collecting organisations across Victoria. For more information, see Victorian Collections