• arts & culture

25 January 2017

2017 is set to be another bumper year for the creative state with the Victorian Government's latest round of VicArts Grants providing over $1.8 million to help bring diverse new creative projects to life and provide job and career development opportunities to more than 2,700 Victorian artists.

Moira Finucane in Gotharama (2005)

Moira Finacune, The Rapture (2017)

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced the 87 supported projects which will take Victorian talent and creativity across the state, the country and the globe.

The round has invested in projects ranging from the development of novels, to theatre and circus works, dance performances and exhibitions, children's shows, to podcasts, literary journals, new music compositions and community collaborations.

Projects in the round will tell uniquely Victorian stories alongside many that explore global perspectives. Three projects will work to connect artists and audiences with the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees:

  • A new theatre work developed by theatre maker and director Samara Hersch, will share the stories of young people in detention at Nauru;
  • Melbourne Artists for Asylum Seekers (MAFA) has received a grant to bring artists and asylum seekers together to create a large-scale textile artwork; and
  • A multi-disciplinary project by Aboriginal artist Neil Morris will invite newly-arrived refugees who have settled in Shepparton to explore, and connect with, the traditional lands and stories of the region.

Other highlights of the round include a new novel by 2015 Miles Franklin Award winner Sofie Laguna and an exhibition by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Christian Thompson that explores traditional Bidjara language.

Selected artists have received support to showcase their works at international festivals and events across the UK, South-East Asia and Europe, building Victoria's international reputation as a home and a hub for creativity.

The VicArts Grants program provides grants of between $5,000 and $75,000 to support the development and presentation of new creative works as well as interstate and international touring and community-based projects. Applications for the next round of VicArts Grants will close at 5pm, Thursday 23 February 2017.

Read more about VicArts Grants


Abbotsford Convent Foundation on behalf of Jon Butt, ABBOTSFORD, $40,000
Support for the c3 Professional Development Exhibition Program, a series of exhibitions, mentorships and public programs developed by emerging and established artists and curators.

Arts Project Australia, NORTHCOTE, $40,000
Arts Project Australia's 2017 program of exhibitions featuring work by emerging and established artists who are with and without a disability.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Adena Jacobs, NORTHCOTE, $39,000
The development of a new theatre work that explores innocence, spectatorship and power.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Caroline Meaden, KENSINGTON, $11,500
The development of a new contemporary dance and theatre work exploring the contradictory expectations often placed upon prominent female figures.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Emily Goddard, WINDSOR, $11,000
The development of a solo theatre work, inspired by the rebellion and resistance of the female convicts of the Cascades Female Factory in Hobart.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Jodee Mundy, SOUTHBANK, $30,000
The presentation of an interactive live art project providing insight into the world of the deaf and blind as part of Sydney Festival 2017.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Luke George, CARLTON, $22,630
A North American and European tour of dance works by Luke George and collaborators.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Mariaa Randall, KANGAROO FLAT, $6,820
The development of a new dance work that explores three Aboriginal women's impenetrable connection to country.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Michelle Heaven, CASTLEMAINE, $30,000
The presentation of a theatre work inspired by a famous escape from East to West Berlin in 1979 where two families secretly fabricated their own hot air balloon in search of freedom.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Moira Finucane, NORTH FITZROY, $18,000
A regional and international tour of a performance featuring burlesque, drama and other cross art form collaborations.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Nancy Atkin, BRUNSWICK, $25,000
A series of community-based outdoor performances culminating in a large-scale street opera.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Natalie Cursio, RIPPONLEA, $29,500
A new dance work about learning to skateboard that will see dancers explore themes of risk, failure and vulnerability.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Ponch Hawkes, NORTH MELBOURNE, $15,000
A live performance, examining stigmas around ageing bodies, presented in Germany.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Prue  Lang, PORT MELBOURNE, $27,500
The development of a dance work that explores how we attempt to understand our chaotic universe.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Samara Hersch, NORTHCOTE, $23,000
The development of a theatre work that will share stories written by young people in detention at Nauru and will be performed by people aged 8 to 18.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Sandra Parker, ELWOOD, $16,000
The presentation of a dance performance that explores how we can shake off the shackles of work and other 'have-tos'.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Soo Yeun You, BOX HILL NORTH, $18,050
A cross-cultural performance installation that explores opposites such as yin and yang, life and death, saltwater and fresh.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Suzanne Kersten, NORTH MELBOURNE, $17,315
The second stage development of an interactive performance which will be staged over multiple nights and at varied locations.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Tamara Saulwick, SEDDON, $15,750
International presentation of a performance about the ordinary and extraordinary experiences people have around death, dying and the afterlife.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Zebastian Hunter, WINDSOR, $15,470
The development of a contemporary circus work about French psychiatrist Jacques Lacan's theories of unattainable desire in a modern society.

Sarah Austin, BRUNSWICK, $20,000
A multi-sensory performance designed for children 0 to 12 months old and their carers.

Australian Art Orchestra, MELBOURNE, $60,000
Australian Art Orchestra's 2017 program to be presented throughout Victoria, interstate and overseas.

Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT), ADELAIDE, $39,985
Three new art–science residencies for Victorian artists at the CSIRO.

Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea inc., BARWON HEADS, $5,200
A series of art workshops for people affected by a chronic illness or disability.

Big hART, THORNBURY, $40,000
The development of a performance that will combine music, state-of-the-art projection and skateboarding.

A diverse and experimental exhibition program across 2017 to 2018 showcasing work by artists of varied practice and experience.

Jen Breach, MOONEE PONDS, $8,000
The development of an adventure-style graphic novel for readers aged 8 to 12.

Sue Broadway, CLIFTON HILL, $10,000
The presentation of a clown-based work that examines the nature and capabilities of the aging body.

Cardigan Comics, NORTHCOTE, $20,000
The development of a graphic-novel-style collection of stories set in Melbourne in the late 1880s, to be delivered online in weekly episodes .

Maree Clarke, YARRAVILLE, $20,000
The development of a work that will utilise holographics to recreate a vision of Maree Clarke's maternal grandmother's lounge room at the time of the 1967 referendum.

The presentation of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017, a festival featuring curated exhibitions, keynote lectures and public programs on climate change.

Georgina Criddle, COBURG, $6,600
Solo exhibitions by artists Georgia Criddle and Melissa Deerson that respond to stories, people and places of Melbourne's west.

Louise Crisp, WY YUNG, $8,000
The development of a series of environmental poems on the endangered gliders of East Gippsland.

Catherine Crowley, BALLARAT, $9,999
The development of a historical adventure novel for children aged between 9 and 12 years.

Dandenong Ranges Music Council Incorporated, UPWEY, $45,000
The development and presentation of a song celebrating peace, with performances of the work involving more than 600 children and community members.

Deakin University on behalf of Wendy Pump, WAURN PONDS, $35,000
A program that will see five artists create works in the once-thriving industrial precinct of North Geelong. Artists will engage with the local community and specifically former Ford workers to create and present new works.

Léuli Eshraghi, BRUNSWICK, $9,500
The presentation of a program of video works and live performances by six Indigenous artists and collectives that explore genders, sexualities and ceremonial–political practices from around the world.

Flinders Quartet Inc, DOCKLANDS, $18,500
Eight concerts featuring contemporary international and Australian composers that celebrate the ongoing influence of Franz Schubert. A workshop for emerging composers will also be delivered.

Madeleine Flynn, NORTHCOTE, $25,000
A tour to the UK and Germany of an installation by audio artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey.

Going Down Swinging, PARKVILLE, $30,000
The 2017 program of events as well as the literary journal's publication of exciting new writing.

The Listies, SOUTHBANK, $19,200
The development of a new interactive and fast-paced theatre work that encourages young audiences to be creative with language.

Horsham Rural City Council, HORSHAM, $20,000
The presentation of an exhibition that will see industrial pallets transformed into artworks.

Adrian Hyland, ST ANDREWS, $15,000
The completion of a novel about a family trapped in a major bushfire in ranges north of Melbourne.

Insite Arts International Pty Ltd on behalf of Antony Hamilton, NORTHCOTE, $15,000
The European and North American tour of an installation artwork and dance piece about the body, space and robotics.

Jess Kapuscinski-Evans, NORTHCOTE, $5,000
The development of an interactive theatre work with an emphasis on the sense, touch.

Hiroki Kobayashi, PRAHRAN, $7,500
The development of a new theatre work exploring environmental conservation, volunteer tourism and Australia's relationship to South-East Asia.

Sarah Kriegler, BRUNSWICK EAST, $20,000
The Melbourne Festival of Puppetry 2017, an entertaining festival set to run during the winter school holidays.

La Compania, BRIGHTON, $48,000
La Compañia's 2017 and 2018 Subscription Series will take audiences back in time to hear music from the renaissance and baroque eras.

Sofie Laguna, RESEARCH, $12,000
Winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award, Laguna is working on the final draft of her upcoming novel about power, gun violence and courage.

Liquid Architecture Sound on behalf of Thembi Soddell, CLUNES, $18,000
A sound installation exploring themes of mental illness, control and abuse.

Jessie Lloyd, KENSINGTON, $10,000
The development and expansion of a performance project that presents rare, early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs.

Make It Up Club, MELBOURNE, $20,000
A weekly series of avant-garde, improvised music and sound art performances.

Melbourne Artists for Asylum Seekers Inc on behalf of Youbi Lee, BRUNSWICK, $11,614
The development of a massive community arts project that sees artists collaborate with asylum seekers to make a large-scale textile work.

Melbourne Cabaret Festival, SOUTH YARRA, $45,000
A showcase of new works by Victorian artists at the 2017 festival.

Melbourne Jazz Co-operative, BENTLEIGH, $57,500
The presentation of the Melbourne Jazz Co-op's Annual Intergenerational Concert Series, alongside mentoring and advocacy activities.

Melbourne Youth Music, KENSINGTON, $25,000
A series of concerts by students of Melbourne Youth Orchestras (MYO) in partnership with State Library of Victoria to celebrate the MYO's 50th anniversary.

Monash University, CAULFIELD EAST, $15,000
An exhibition by internationally acclaimed Aboriginal artist Christian Thompson to pair traditional Bidjara language and text with an electronic soundscape.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Astrid Mendez, BRUNSWICK, $7,911
A Victorian performance and interstate tour of an interactive miniature theatre piece.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Neil Morris, MOOROOPNA, $8,700
The development of a multidisciplinary work exploring a journey of connection to country for newly arrived refugees, on the traditional lands of Shepparton.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Yumi Tsuchiya-Umiumare, PRESTON, $16,000
A mini festival that engages local art communities to discover the Japanese dance known as Butoh.

Little Ones Theatre, NORTHCOTE, $20,000
A theatrical adaptation of Merciless Gods, a short story collection about class and sexuality in Australia by celebrated Melbourne author Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap 2008 and Barracuda 2013).

Rose Nolan, RICHMOND, $9,500
A large-scale installation that combines elements of sculpture, painting and architecture.

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, PEREGIAN SPRINGS, $25,000
The presentation of the orchestra's 2017 Melbourne concert season featuring classical and romantic orchestral and chamber music, alongside a series of specialist music education projects for Victorian secondary school students.

Peninsula Summer Music Festival, FAIRFIELD, $15,000
The tenth year of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival where early, classical and fine music is shown in unique venues in and around the Mornington Peninsula.

Performing Lines on behalf of Nicola Gunn, EAST MELBOURNE, $17,920
A tour to Chile and Europe of a solo performance and dance work.

Michael Prior, NORTHCOTE, $9,300
The development of a collection of sound sculptures for recording and exhibition.

Quippings, CARLTON, $34,850
Three accessible storytelling workshops for performers and others who identify as deaf and/or disabled and QUILTBAG (queer undecided, intersex, lesbian, trans, bisexual, asexual, gay).

RMIT University on behalf of Jonathan Duckworth, MELBOURNE, $27,000
The development of an interactive sound and visual installation.

RMIT University on behalf of Darrin Verhagen, FERNTREE GULLY, $9,172
The development of a small-scale opera based on a film by Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.

Alex Martinis Roe, ALBERT PARK, $15,000
An exhibition exploring intergenerational feminist politics travels to London and Amsterdam, with an associated public program of workshops and events, as well as the publication of a book.

Omar Sakr, KOO WEE RUP, $9,000
The development of a collection of poetry exploring interpersonal and systematic violence.

Ms. Maryanne Sam, SEBASTOPOL, $9,500
The development of a new comedic theatre production that explores shifts in Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

Ellena Savage, BRUNSWICK, $9,999
The development of a collection of ten essays exploring gender, knowledge, place and bodies.

Catherine Sewell, PRESTON, $9,996
The final development of an interactive and experiential work blending theatre and play.

Adam Simmons, NORTHCOTE, $27,905
A music concert series connecting artists from different backgrounds.

Alicia Sometimes, CARNEGIE, $26,500
Development of a multi-media, live planetarium show developed in collaboration with Victorian scientists, poets, visual artists, musicians and sound artists.

Speak Percussion Inc. on behalf of Matthias Schack-Arnott, NORTHCOTE, $14,500
A new solo percussion work that uses technology to create a new kinetic instrument.

St Martins Youth Arts Centre on behalf of Amelia  Ducker, DROMANA, $25,000
The presentation of a live art experience that invites the audience into a series of immersive encounters.

TCB art inc., MELBOURNE, $17,000
A program of paired solo exhibitions between emerging Victorian artists and established international and Australian artists.

The Lifted Brow, MELBOURNE, $20,908
The production of four print issues of the quarterly magazine The Lifted Brow.

The Rereaders, ELSTERNWICK, $20,450
Upcoming episodes of The Rereaders, a fortnightly literary and culture podcast showcasing work by emerging Australian writers and artists.

The Village Festival of New Performance, FRYERSTOWN, $37,000
A community arts festival focused on art, dance, theatre and music, to be presented at six locations in inner-city and regional Victoria in 2017.

un Projects, NORTHCOTE, $25,000
The publication of two print issues of un Magazine and the new online version un Extended.

Erkki Veltheim, PRINCES HILL, $10,000
The development of a four-person performance and percussive installation piece.

Chi Vu, FLEMINGTON, $14,000
The presentation of a satirical theatre work about a couple dealing with racism in Australia.

Nova Jane Weetman, BRUNSWICK, $12,000
The development of a novel aimed for readers aged 10 and above. This is a sequel to the hugely popular The Secrets We Keep (2016).

Dee White, WOODEND, $9,200
The research and development of a work of historical fiction based on the true story of how Algerian imams in a Parisian mosque helped save Jewish children during WWII.