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19 March 2018

Five exciting new creative projects are set to launch in outer metro Melbourne, thanks to $509,080 in grant funding through the Creative Suburbs program.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

The Creative Suburbs program is an initiative of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy. The program 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.

In the latest round of funding, Wyndham, Nillumbik, Knox, Hume and Melton will receive support to deliver ambitious community projects in film and digital media, music and textile crafts.

The grants recipients and project are:

  • Wyndham City Council ($65,000)
    To support Flipping the Script, a year-long creative program that will provide a platform for young people from African backgrounds in Melbourne’s Wyndham region to learn new skills while shining a spotlight on positive and inspiring stories from their community. The project will bring together leading artists and filmmakers to host workshops for young people to develop skills in filmmaking and digital media. Participants will learn the techniques involved in creating documentaries and short dramas, as well as film-based artworks that will go on to be projected onto sites around the city.
  • Nillumbik Shire Council ($119,000)
    To support the Digital Agora project. An ‘Agora’ is an ancient Greek gathering place; a place where communities would come together and share ideas. The Digital Agora project will create a 21st century-style agora, with leading Victorian artists and arts organisations working with community members and students to create works including projections, digital games, sound art and films which will go on display in local public spaces. Renowned digital artist Yandell Walton will lead the project along with ACMI X and Writers Victoria.
  • Knox Council ($68,000)
    To support Knox: Amplified, a project that will bring together members of the ARIA Award-winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra, The Mighty Buzzniks, local music industry mentors, local artists and the community to explore and create music. Knox: Amplified will include a series of community workshops where participants will develop their instrumental, performance and vocal skills. Through the workshops, music-makers of all ages will create new music before taking to the stage alongside their music mentors later this year.
  • Hume Council ($156,700)
    To support Hume Studios, a program that will see local emerging artists and young people come together with leading musicians, dancers and spoken word artists. In partnership with acclaimed arts organisation Outer Urban Projects, Hume Studios will see participants engage in a series of creative workshops that explore a range of artforms as they develop a largescale performance that will premiere in 2019.
  • Melton City Council ($100,000)
    To support Home Sewn, a program that will see local and visiting artists working in residence at Raglans Cottage and local Neighbourhood houses to create new work and conduct masterclasses and community workshops. The program will also put local textile talent on show at an exhibition at CS Gallery in Caroline Springs and community members will be invited to contribute to a major public artwork that will be created using the combined talents of local makers. Textile artists involved in the project include established knitwear designer and pattern maker, Georgie Nicolson and Melbourne artist Chaco Kato who is renowned for creating largescale string installations.

Read more about the Creative Suburbs action in the Creative State strategy