• Arts & Culture

21 December 2016

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

The $1.8 million program – an initiative of the Victorian Government's Creative State strategy – supports outer metropolitan councils to undertake new creative projects or programs that give locals opportunities to get involved in high-quality creative experiences on their doorstep.

Funds will be allocated across the metro map, from the City of Greater Dandenong to the City of Whittlesea, from Frankston to the Brimbank City Council.

Supported projects include partnerships with some of Victoria's best-known arts organisations such as Chunky Move, Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne Writers Festival, as well as with high-calibre artists such as Bindi Cole Chocka and Kutcha Edwards.

This first round of funding will support projects that are ready for delivery, as well as longer-term project concepts that will be developed in partnership with Creative Victoria.

Read more about Creative Suburbs


Brimbank City Council$29,710
Brimbank City Council will present a puppetry festival at The Bowery Theatre. The festival aims to engage with the local Vietnamese community and will include works made with community members, a new local professional work, industry development sessions and opportunities for community to engage with puppetry.

Kingston City Council$37,000
A community engagement project in which members of the City of Kingston Aboriginal community will participate in a photography exhibition, working with Wadawurrung artist Bindi Cole Chocka.

Yarra Ranges Shire Council$45,000
This project is a series of interventions in public spaces in Lilydale. International company Gapfiller will work with five local contemporary artists to uncover unique stories, and connect people and assets through an evocative creative process engaging the wider public.

City of Casey$100,000
Through a series of residencies, the City of Casey community will have the opportunity to engage with some of Victoria's key arts organisations such as Circus Oz and Melbourne Theatre Company. Outcomes will take place at Bunjil Place.

City of Greater Dandenong$200,000
(Sub) Urban Studio will match culturally diverse community members with artistic partners such as Chunky Move, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Melbourne Writers Festival. Through puppetry, spoken word and dance, participants will develop skills and creative capacity culminating in public performance outcomes.

City of Maroondah$100,000
A program in which Victorian artists and companies such as Kutcha Edwards, Snuff Puppets and Westside Circus will create new works with communities in need, with outcomes to take place in the newly developed Ringwood central precinct.

City of Whittlesea$165,000
Working with Ausdance and the Inaugural Dance Affair, four targeted high growth communities in the City of Whittlesea will participate in dance workshops and local performances. The project will culminate in a half-day festival of public performances.

Frankston City Council$80,000
This arts incubator program at Frankston Arts Centre will support local artists and creative practitioners to build their capacity by providing masterclasses and mentorships with arts industry professionals and companies.

Wyndham City Council$100,000Four culturally diverse community lead artists will work with the project lead artist, Bindi Cole Chocka, to develop a series of inter-related creative projects about how Wyndham, as a place, is inhabited. Outcomes are likely to include public art interventions, exhibitions, performances, and participatory projects.