Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced support for 70 arts projects that showcase the diversity and talent of Victoria's independent arts sector and will involve more than 1,500 artists across the state.

Projects span visual arts, literature, dance, circus, music and theatre and will take Victorian creative talent as far afield as Antarctica.

Projects include the development of a memoir by Justin Heazlewood (The Bedroom Philosopher), reflecting on his childhood growing up as an only child with a mother with schizophrenia; the presentation of a new play based on the story of Yorta Yorta man William Cooper, who led a delegation to the German Embassy in 1938 to protest the Nazi treatment of Jewish people (Arthur productions); and the development and presentation of a new dance performance by choreographer Ashley Dyer to be performed on an earthquake simulator.

The round will see Victorian artwork go on show at prestigious international events including the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art,  Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair and New York City's annual performing arts celebration, the COIL Festival. Closer to home, projects will be undertaken by professional artists and community groups - including children and Indigenous Elders - in Geelong, Horsham, Swan Hill and Seymour.

Projects reflect the diversity of the Victorian community and explore themes ranging from crime and justice to aging, climate change, parenthood, Indigenous history and the experiences of people with disability.

Festivals are also a feature of the round with support for the Chinese-Australian Writers' Festival, the Melbourne Ukulele Festival and the National Play Festival which will be hosted in Melbourne in 2016.

The VicArts Grants program enables Victorian independent artists and small organisations to create, develop, present and program new creative works. The next round of the program, for projects commencing from 1 June 2016, will open for applications in January and close on 17 February. Visit the VicArts Grants funding information page for more information.

A full list of supported projects is below. 

VicArts Grants Recipients

Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Jo Dunbar, $30,000
Final creative development and presentation of 'Under My Skin' a new dance work that weaves dance, theatre, narrative and new media through the lens of Deaf culture.

Arts House  NORTH MELBOURNE  $39,000
Creative development of three new cross-platform works for the Festival of Live Art in 2016 and 2018.

Arts Project Australia  NORTHCOTE  $12,000
Presentation of 'Tell 'em I'm Dead!' a large group exhibition, by artists with a disability, that explores post-apocalyptic themes.

Ashley Dyer  FITZROY  $20,000
Rehearsal and presentation of 'Tremor' a new dance performance to be performed on an earthquake simulator.

Astra Chamber Music Society  NORTH MELBOURNE  $40,000
Presentation of the Astra Concert Season 2016, a series of six concerts of new and unusual choral and chamber music.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Samara Hersch  NORTHCOTE  $30,000
Presentation of 'Sex and Death', a multi artform, live performance event that features ten older performers from across Victoria and examines stigmas around ageing bodies.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of James Brennan  NORTHCOTE  $40,000
Presentation of 'The Chat', a new verbatim theatre work, created and performed by artists and ex-criminal offenders.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy  RICHMOND  $34,495
Presentation of 'Hotel Obscura', a large-scale live art event that features the work of 13 Victorian artists and three European collaborators, by the Triage Art Collective at the Festival of Live Art (March 2016).

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Sandra Parker  ELWOOD  $26,000
Final rehearsal and presentation of a new contemporary dance work  'Small Details' that uses a series of kinetic sculptures set against intricate choreography.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Weave Movement Theatre  PRESTON  $14,544
Presentation of 'White Day Dream Series', a new dance performance that explores Butoh and the disabled body.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Prue  Lang  PORT MELBOURNE  $28,054
Creative development of a new dance performance called Stellar Project that will play out in five parts.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Helen Herbertson  PORT MELBOURNE  $38,000
Presentation of the dance work 'Morphia Series',  by Helen Herbertson and Ben Cobham which will be performed at New York's Baryshnikov Arts Centre as part of the 2016 COIL Festival.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Kerensa Diball  SOUTHBANK  $16,000
Presentation of 'Neighbours', a multi-disciplinary social and theatrical promenade performance through the  streets of Footscray, as part of the 2015 Big West Festival.

Belgium Ave Neighbourhood House  RICHMOND  $40,000
Presentation of 'The Wheel of Fate', a mobile live performance with multimedia projections by Uprising Theatre. Driven by the experience of young performers , this work will be presented in Werribee, Dandenong and Fitzroy.

Belinda Kelly (Arthur Productions)  NORTH MELBOURNE  $25,000
Presentation of 'BRIGHT WORLD', a new Australian play by Elise Hearst and Andrea James, based on the story of Yorta Yorta man William Cooper, who in 1938 led a delegation to the German Embassy to protest the Nazi treatment of Jewish people.

Presentation of the Blindside 2016 Program,  of curated exhibitions and events across a variety of artforms, plus a showcase in Melbourne of eight regional artists.

Cassandra Atherton  MOONEE PONDS  $9,000
International research and development of 'Pikadon: Post Atomic Alice', a graphic verse novel collaboration between poets Alyson Miller and Cassandra Atherton with artist Phil Day, that reflects on the anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima and the 150th anniversary of the publication of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.

City of Darebin  PRESTON  $12,680
Development and presentation of 'Under Construction', a group exhibition that will reveal the creative process of six artists and encourage live dialogue between artist and audience.

Claire Robertson  BRUNSWICK  $15,000
Development and presentation of 'Far From Here', a multi-channel video installation that explores our cultural relationship to landscape and place.

An exhibition of a digital work by artist Dr Debbie Symons as part of the global climate festival ArtCOP21 in Paris, 30 Nov - 10 Dec 2015. The work will also be screened concurrently at Federation Square.

Cloverdale Community Centre  CORIO  $10,000
Creative development and presentation of 'Night of the Bunyip', a large outdoor sculpture and soundscape created by artists working in collaboration with Wathaurong/Wadawarrung Elders and community members from Corio and Norlane in Geelong.

Daniel Jenatsch  CARLTON  $15,000
Creative development of 'A 1997', a live videographic opera that explores the fluctuating relationships between memory, history, futurology and the present.

Dave Jones  NATIMUK  $18,280
Creation of 'Fabulous Beasts', a community project in regional Victoria  that will bring together young people and artists Dave Jones and Mary French to create animation, interactive-projection and giant puppet works that explore local legends including the Grampians puma.

David Cross  ASCOT VALE  $10,000
Presentation of 'Treatment', a multi-disciplinary public art project that will activate the Melbourne Water Treatment Plant, Werribee. Seven artists will exhibit sculpture, sound installation, film and performance works that have been created on the site, an additional satellite exhibition and community engagement program will also run offsite at Wyndham Art Gallery.

Elizabeth Bryer  YARRAVILLE  $12,000
Creative development of 'Down the Elephant Path', a mystery novella manuscript that draws on the surrealist tradition.

Gallery Kaiela Incorporated  SHEPPARTON  $20,000
Research and development of a visual art exhibition of new work by six emerging Aboriginal artists that responds to the collections of the Koorie Heritage Trust and Bunjilaka Cultural Centre and Melbourne Museum.

Gasworks Arts Park  ALBERT PARK  $9,000
Presentation of Gasworks Circus Showdown, a program that provides emerging artists the opportunity to create innovative acts while receiving professional mentoring and expertise from a panel of industry experts.

Glasgow International on behalf of Helen Johnson  COLLINGWOOD  $10,846
A solo exhibition of large scale paintings that explore cultural narratives informing Australian identity. The exhibition will take place as part of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (April 2016).

Hobsons Bay Community Arts Inc  NEWPORT  $50,000
Presentation of The Substation's 2016 multi-artform program of performances, artist development opportunities and residencies.

ILBIJERRI Theatre on behalf of Jacob Boehme  DOCKLANDS  $21,500
Creative development and the premiere season of 'Blood on the Dance Floor', an innovative hybrid work incorporating dance, multimedia and spoken word that portrays one man's experience of living with HIV.

Jacqui Stockdale  THORNBURY  $9,000
Creative development and presentation of 'The Boho', a photographic portrait project and large scale interactive installation.

Jahnne Pasco-White  NORTHCOTE  $5,000
An international painting residency in the renowned Leipzig International Atelier Program.

Jane O'Neill  BRUNSWICK  $16,000
Presentation of 'Fabrik', a multi venue exhibition that explores contemporary approaches to textiles and will include sculpture, installation, painting performance and video (March-May 2016).

Jessica Friedmann  BALACLAVA  $16,000
Development of 'Things That Helped', a debut memoir in essays, exploring postpartum depression and touching upon issues of class, race, gender and sexuality as well as motherhood, creativity and mental illness.

Jessie Lloyd  KEW  $20,000
Final development and a showcase of 'The Mission Songs Project', a musical production of Indigenous songs that were performed from 1900 to 1999 with a focus on songs from the Aboriginal missions.

Joshua Petherick  SOUTH YARRA  $10,000
Creative development of visual art works during a three month artist residency in Berlin followed by a solo exhibition during contemporary art festival Gallery Weekend Berlin.

Justin Heazlewood  THORNBURY  $19,250
Creative development of 'Get Up Mum', a memoir exploring the author's childhood in a regional town as an only child with a mother who suffered schizophrenia. The novel will be accompanied by a multimedia show comprising of readings, characterisations, songs and images.

Leah Scholes  NORTHCOTE  $14,000
A new music work for percussion trio by composer Kate Neal.

Léuli Eshraghi  BRUNSWICK  $8,300
Development and presentation of  'O Gafa Fa'asipa Queer Genealogies', a visual art exhibition involving twelve artists that will explore local and international queer Indigenous histories and communities.

Liza Lim  SOUTH YARRA  $9,000
Composition of 'Everything Turns to Air', a major long-form music piece scored for the Chinese sheng (mouth organ) and an ensemble of nine musicians.

Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2016  LORNE  $20,000
Commissioning of four artists, Stelarc, Jill Orr, Ash Keating and Ryan Kennedy, to create performance pieces to be presented as part of the 2016 Lorne Sculpture Biennale.

Louris van de Geer  KEW  $28,500
Presentation of 'Looking Glass', a contemporary theatre work.

Luke George and Collaborators  CARLTON  $10,150
A residency in New York which will also involve the presentation of 'Bunny',  a new cross-cultural dance work between Victorian and  Singaporean choreographers.

Make It Up Club  MELBOURNE  $20,000
Presentation of The Make It Up Club, a weekly concert series of avant-garde , improvised music and sound art performance.

Mallee District Aboriginal Services  SWAN HILL  $29,600
A series of creative and cultural development residencies over seven months involving a group of nine emerging leaders from the Marruk Project (Swan Hill) working with young people from Taungurung Country (Seymour) which will culminate in a new outdoor work performed in the Wamba, Taungurung and English languages.

Melbourne Jazz Co-operative  BENTLEIGH  $45,000
Presentation of the 2016 Annual Concert Series of original contemporary Australian Jazz-related music. The 2016 program also includes a mentorship initiative at the Melbourne Improvisers' Collective for female secondary students.

Melbourne Ukulele Festival Inc.  BRUNSWICK  $9,500
Presentation of the 2016 Melbourne Ukulele Festival, a community-focussed event providing skills development workshops and presentation opportunities for emerging artists, March 2016.

Monash University on behalf of Brook Andrew  FOOTSCRAY  $16,610
Creative development and presentation of a visual arts project 'Two Worlds: The Photographer and the Sitter', which will investigate of the relationship between colonial European photographers and their Aboriginal sitters.

Joseph O'Farrell  BENTLEIGH  $10,000
Creative development of 'The Cabin', a new comic/thriller installation theatre work, written in collaboration with children aged 6-11 with and without disability, in partnership with the Victorian College of the Deaf, Abbotsford Primary School and Arena Theatre Company.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Victoria Chiu  FLEMINGTON  $15,000
Development of 'What Happened in Shanghai', a new contemporary dance work incorporating live music and film that explore the artist's lost Chinese heritage.

Natalie Abbott  PRINCES HILL  $12,000
Creative development of 'LIMITLESS' a new solo dance work that explores extreme physical action and virtuosity.

Outer Urban Projects  COBURG NORTH  $50,000
Final development and presentation of 'Northside Baby', a new community-based dance theatre work that explores the acceleration of life when coming of age and parenthood happen simultaneously. Project will be produced by Outer Urban Projects in collaboration with New Zealand's Black Grace Dance Company  and students from Reservoir High School.

Peter Kennedy  CLIFTON HILL  $16,000
Final development and presentation of 'The Photographs' Story', a six channel video projection installation for solo exhibition. The work will also represent Australia at the Palestinian Biennial: Qalandiya International (October 2016).

Philip Samartzis  RICHMOND  $20,000
A research-based project located at Casey Station in Eastern Antarctica. The project will involve the development of recordings and sound artworks that explore the polar environment and will be developed into a broadcast, exhibition, performance and publication.

Playwriting Australia  EVELEIGH  $40,000
Presentation of the 2016 National Play Festival, a unique industry gathering for Australian theatre makers, and audiences, providing an opportunity to witness, debate and evaluate the state of new writing in Australia.

Rebecca Reid  SEDDON  $16,800
Creative development of a 'The Coming Back Out Ball', a community arts project featuring elderly LGBTI community members that works to break through ageism and homophobia.

Ross Onley-Zerkel  ELWOOD  $11,500
Creative development of 'You Lost your Voice?' a debut autobiographical novel by emerging deaf writer Ross Onley-Zerkel working with mentors Sam Twyford-Moore and Fiona Tuomy and publishing mentor Robert Watkins (Hachette Australia).

Ryan Williams  CARLTON NORTH  $3,500
A new work for uilleann pipes, recorders and electronics to be composed by Alexander Garsden.

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth  NORTHCOTE  $14,340
Development of 'Speech Acts', a collaborative video, soundscape and music project that explores 'tactile signing' communication techniques practised by people who are both deaf and blind.

Speak Percussion Inc. on behalf of Matthias Schack-Arnott  NORTHCOTE  $10,000
The presentation of 'LACUNAL' a new percussion work that will feature a newly created large-scale musical instrument.

Stephanie Lake Company  FITZROY NORTH  $25,000
Final development and rehearsal of a new dance work 'Double Blind'.

Sutton Gallery  FITZROY  $5,000
An international showcase of four Victorian artists at the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair (January 2016). The work to be exhibited includes video and photography, sculptures, installation and painting.

Terence Jaensch  CASTLEMAINE  $10,000
Development of 'If Memory Serves', a collection of twelve literary non-fiction short stories documenting personal histories of life in an orphanage in Ballarat in the 1970's.

The Lifted Brow  DOCKLANDS  $34,408
Four issues of literary journal 'The Lifted Brow' which showcases Victoria's and Australia's most interesting writers and artists, both emerging and established.

The Rereaders Podcast  NORTHCOTE  $17,900
Recording of 22 episodes of 'The Rereaders podcast', a fortnightly Australian literary and culture podcast, plus 8-10 episodes of a new sister podcast 'Girls Gone Rereaders' that focuses on critical discussions of cultural works by women.

Troy Innocent  HAMPTON  $9,600
Creative development of 'Pattern Recognition', a collection of works spanning sculpture, digital graphics, sound and live play to encourage audiences to engage with urban spaces in imaginative ways.

University of Melbourne on behalf of Fran Edmonds  PARKVILLE  $15,000
Creative development of a digital storytelling app made with Aboriginal young people (15-19 yrs) from the Korin Gamadji Institute in collaboration with Aboriginal artist Maree Clarke and filmmaker Tim Church.

Wandoon Aboriginal Eatate Corporation  HEALESVILLE  $5,000
Presentation of 'Coranderrk', a verbatim theatre work that tells a definitive story from Australia's neglected Indigenous history to be performed on Country.

Writers Victoria Inc on behalf of May Hu  HUNTINGDALE  $24,650
Presentation of the 2016 Chinese-Australian Writers' Festival (August), a bilingual festival featuring local and international speakers.

Xanthe Dobbie  COBURG  $7,000
Final development and presentation of 'One Million Views', a series of digital portraits of Australian You Tube celebrities.