• arts & culture

4 July 2018

Sixty-two artists and creative organisations will receive support through the latest round of VicArts grants.

Grants in this round total $1,558, 560 and supported projects will provide employment opportunities for more than 1,500 Victorian artists and associated professionals across the state.

Featuring everything from a comics festival to an album that makes baroque violin the star – this round spans new exhibitions, theatre and dance works, comedy, books of poetry and literature, AI technology, podcasts, events, and more.

The supported projects reflect the diverse nature of Victoria’s dynamic creative community with works that explore a range of experiences, inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Deaf and Deafblind, gender diverse and LGBTIQA+, culturally and linguistically diverse.

The next round of VicArts grants are now open for applications and close on 26 July. Grants of between $5000 and $60,000 are available for projects commencing from 1 January 2019.

Read more about VicArts Grants 

VICART GRANTS FEBRUARY 2018 – RECIPIENTS

Anvil Productions, NORTH MELBOURNE, $12,825
Presentation of 2.20AM, a new dramatic play by Rebecca Lister that explores the lives of four people who are drawn together by their shared experience of suicide.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Moira Finucane, SOUTHBANK, $117,600
Development and presentation of a two year program of activities by Finucane & Smith. The program will include the development of new works and regional, national and international performances across 2018 and 2019.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Jessica Moody, SOUTHBANK, $12,500
Development of Date Night, a play with two performers from the Deaf community that draws on lived experience of deaf relationships and explores the many layers of verbal and non-verbal languages people use to communicate.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Jo Lloyd, ST KILDA EAST, $19,587
The final development and premiere of Overture, a new dance work by Jo Lloyd.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Jodee Mundy, SOUTHBANK, $22,690
To tour the performance and installation Imagined Touch to the UK. The work gives a rare insight into the world of Deafblind people and it will be presented at the SPILL Festival of Performance in Ipswich and at the Barbican Centre in London.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy, RICHMOND, $39,999
First stage development of The AI Party, a large-scale performative, rave-style event that will utilise Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to explore politics, climate change and social inequality.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Katherine Hunter, WEST FOOTSCRAY, $20,350
Development of In Perpetuity, a new contemporary music and theatre-based performance that will investigate the notion of immortality.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Lana Schwarcz, YARRAVILLE, $19,999
Development of a new comedic theatre work, in partnership with Footscray Community Arts Centre and Stratford Courthouse Theatre in Gippsland.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Luke George, FITZROY, $25,500
Second stage development of a large-scale group dance work that will explore the concept of risk.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Mama Alto, BENTLEIGH EAST, $17,822
Development of a post modern vaudeville performance that explores and celebrates gender diversity, gender identity and the LGBTIQA+ experience.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Marian Blythe, BRUNSWICK, $11,398
Presentation of the 2019 Homecooked Comics Festival, a Melbourne-based event that showcases and supports local comic makers, graphic novelists and comic publishers.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Prue Lang, PORT MELBOURNE, $24,500
Development of Project F, a new full-length dance performance that explores and celebrates the contributions and achievements made by women to the world of dance and movement. Choreographer Prue Lang will lead a group of all female collaborators.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Rachel Perks, BRUNSWICK EAST, $22,000
Presentation of Moral Panic, a play that follows the story of three teen witches who form a coven in an attempt to fight the increasing conservatism of their small town, written by Rachel Perks and directed by Bridget Balodis.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Sandra Long, RESERVOIR, $27,000
Development and presentation of Hades Fading, a new theatre work that will see composer Raya Slavin, designer Emily Barrie, filmmaker Nicholas Verso and writer/creator Sandra Long travel to Indonesia to work in collaboration with artists from Indonesian community theatre group Mainteater. The work will be presented in Indonesia 2019 and is planned to tour across Australia in 2020.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Sarah Lockwood, KYNETON, $20,000
To present Rain, a performance installation for babies and their carers, at the Lincoln Center, New York in October 2018.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Sarah Kriegler, BRUNSWICK EAST, $35,818
Development of Taking the Waters by Lemony S Puppet Theatre, a new puppetry work for adults inspired by stories of carers for people who are dying. The work will be a mix of live performance and puppetry.

Australian Art Orchestra, NORTH MELBOURNE, $55,000
Development and presentation of Australian Art Orchestra's 2018/2019 artistic program.

Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT), ADELAIDE, $39,825
Support for a collaborative research program that brings together artists and scientists, in collaboration with the CSIRO.

Maxine Beneba Clarke, YARRAVILLE, $20,000
Development of Hood, a novel set in Footscray that tells a story of love and culture clash, triumph and tragedy.

Nana Biluš Abaffy, COBURG, $10,000
To travel to Italy to present the experimental choreographic work 105 at the Santarcangelo Festival.

Black Hole Theatre, SOUTHBANK, $25,000
Development of The Line, a new play, set against the backdrop of the British invasion of Tasmania during the frontier war. A collaboration between Black Hole Theatre, Irish company Dowtcha Puppets and Aboriginal artists, the play will examine a relationship between a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman and a pregnant, Irish, escaped convict.

RMIT University on behalf of Rose Lang, MELBOURNE, $35,815
To take part in acclaimed art event Bienal de la Habana in Cuba in 2019 where the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation will present Intercambio - a conversation between two trains, an exhibition that explores mobility, migration and colonialism through the model of train lines in Havana and Melbourne. The exhibition will be accompanied by a program of talks, workshops and publications.

City of Darebin, PRESTON, $19,724
Presentation of a major exhibition, These Monuments Don't Know Us, at the Bundoora Homestead that will showcase works by Indigenous and CALD artists that will explore historic and contemporary ideas of what it means to be Australian.

Honor Eastly, PRESTON, $12,420
Development, production and launch of Starving Artist Season 2, a 10-episode podcast series that explores the intersection of art and money through interviews with artists working across all mediums.

George Egerton-Warburton, COLLINGWOOD, $19,690
Development and presentation of Now and Then: Industrial-complex, a series of three solo exhibitions by kinetic scultor and installation artist George Egerton-Warburton in Melbourne, Los Angeles and New York.

Mark Feary, FITZROY, $7,000
Development and presentation of an exhibition led by curator Mark Feary that will commission new works of video, sculpture, performance and dance that explore representations of physical, mental, emotional and artistic anxiety.

Field Theory, THORNBURY, $30,000
Development and presentation of a new large-scale performative work that will explore narcissism, surveillance and celebrity, whilst honouring 'everyday' people.

Adam Ford, CHEWTON, $8,351
Development of a spoken word performance that will explore human interactions with landscape over time. The performance will be developed in collaboration with writers with expertise in colonial history, geology and local Indigenous culture and it will premiere in regional Victoria in 2019.

Alexander Garsden, BRUNSWICK, $9,450
Development and presentation of two new music works that will combine percussion and computers.

Gasworks Arts Park, ALBERT PARK, $10,000
Development and presentation of Become The One, a play exploring the budding romance between a seasoned AFL player and a younger man.

Going Down Swinging, PARKVILLE, $35,000
Development and delivery of a year-long program of activities across print, online and podcasts by literary journal Going Down Swinging.

Greater Bendigo City Council on behalf of David Chisholm, GOLDEN SQUARE, $120,000
Development and presentation of the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.

Lisa Greenaway, ELTHAM, $10,000
Development and presentation of a new sound installation that will be created during a 12-week residency at the Spatial Sound Institute, Budapest, Hungary.

Hubcap Productions, NEWPORT, $120,000
For the development and presentation of the Outside Gallery, a new outdoor gallery space that will bring art to an underused park in Newport. Launched as part of the 2019 Art & Industry Festival, Victorian artist Bindi Cole Chocka will present her own work in 2018, then curate a further three exhibitions, mentoring local emerging artists and inviting high-profile Victorian artists to contribute to the gallery across 2019 - 2020.

Samya Ibrahim, GLENROY, $15,800
Development and presentation of Djed Press, an online publication showcasing writing and creative work by people of colour.

Casey Jenkins, CARLTON, $19,980
Development, production and presentation of an interactive performance exploring human perception and prejudices that will combine augmented technology and digital projections.

Mitchell Jones, BRUNSWICK, $10,530
Development of a new circus and physical theatre work that explores the human impulse towards self-destruction.

Koorreen Enterprises Pty Ltd, TYRENDARRA, $11,000
Development of a new young adult book, Digger J Jones Two - Holy Snapping Goose Poo, by Richard J Frankland. This will be the second book to follow the character of Digger J Jones and the story will cover the Vietnam War and the Gunditjmara Wars at the time of colonisation.

Genevieve Lacey, BRUNSWICK, $26,000
Development of Soliloquy, a participatory music and dance performance that will bring together Genevieve Lacey with collaborators Gideon Obarzanek, Nick Schlieper, Stephanie Lake and Harriet Oxley.

Michelle Leber - Kalang Retreat, SOMERS, $11,210
A series of residencies and workshops for three emerging Indigenous Victorian poets at Kalang Retreat in Somers, Victoria. The residencies will culminate in the presentation of works at the Wheeler Centre and Whistlewood Gallery on the Mornington Peninsula.

Siobhan McKenna, ALPHINGTON, $12,000
Development and research of a contemporary dance work that explores the relationship between movement and sound, under the guidance of BalletLab mentors Phillip Adams and Kristy Ayre.

Janine Mikosza, ORMOND, $15,456
Development of Homesickness, a creative non-fiction work that explores the experiences of people with complex post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of childhood family violence.

Monash University on behalf of Emily Floyd, PRESTON, $18,674
Support to participate in an international residency at ISCP Brooklyn. This project will include research at the Tamiment Library at New York University and at the Interference Archive in Brooklyn which will inform the development of a new creative project.

Monash University on behalf of Rex Butler, CAULFIELD EAST, $19,900
To develop and publish content for Memo Review, a weekly art criticism website that reviews art exhibitions in and around Melbourne.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Bianca Gannon, SOMERS, $37,619
Development and presentation of an immersive contemporary music and shadow puppet experience that will explore the dynamics and implications of food production and trade between Indonesia and Australia.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Domenico de Clario, MILDURA, $25,000
An international artistic collaboration that will bring together artists and curators in Victoria and Italy to explore cultural exchange and experiences of migration. The resulting exhibition will be presented in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Victoria Chiu, NORTHCOTE, $19,965
Presentation of Fire Monkey, a contemporary dance, live music and community engagement project that will bring together independent artists based in Melbourne and artists from Singaporean dance company, Arts Fission.

Progressive Broadcasting Service Cooperative Limited, COLLINGWOOD, $11,000
To create a large format picture book that documents PBS and their 40 years of championing under-represented music. Titled PBS: 40 years of music, the publication will be compiled by past and present PBS volunteers and staff.

Elvis Richardson, BRUNSWICK, $14,000
Development of Countess - Women Count in the Art World (2008 - 2018), a book that gathers and uses data to explore gender bias in the visual arts.

RMIT University on behalf of Jessica Wilkinson, HADDON, $17,425
Presentation of Rabbit, a nonfiction poetry journal. This project includes the publication of four issues of the journal and four collections of poetry by emerging Australian poets for the Rabbit Poets Series.

Kiron Robinson, RINGWOOD EAST, $10,253
Presentation of Looking But Not Seeing, an exhibition that showcases Australian ideas about photography.

S. A. Aiken and R. M. Jensen, NORTH MELBOURNE, $26,500
Development and presentation of Deep Soulful Sweats Presents: Equinox, a community arts dance project created by Melbourne-based artists Sarah Aiken, Rebecca Jensen, Natalie Abbott and Angela Goh in collaboration with community members from Mount Alexander Shire.

Scale Free Network, COLLINGWOOD, $19,848
Development of The Forest in the Tree, a picture book, created in collaboration with writers, artists and scientists, that will be told from the perspective of a fungal spore living in the soil.

SEVENTH Gallery Inc., FITZROY, $29,220
Presentation of SEVENTH Gallery's 2018/19 exhibition program. The grant includes support for the reduction of exhibition fees and increased accessibility for emerging and underrepresented artists.

SPRING1883, MELBOURNE, $30,000
Presentation of SPRING1883 a boutique, gallery-led art fair that will present contemporary art practice from Australia and across the globe.

Stephanie Lake Company, FITZROY NORTH, $15,000
Development of a new dance work based on the music of the Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' masterpiece album Skeleton Tree, by choreographer Stephanie Lake and theatre director Matthew Lutton.

Student Youth Network Inc., CARLTON, $17,342
Support for the SYN Podcast Incubator, a program of three original podcasts and professional mentoring of up to six young, emerging producers.

The Hunt, PRESTON, $12,375
Development of a new multi-disciplinary work The Hunt that will be created through a week-long site analysis at the 86,000 sq metre Arkose sandstone quarry in the Otway Ranges. The creative results of the research expedition will be presented at an exhibition at Trocadero Artspace in November 2018.

Tilde New Music and Sound Art, HEIDELBERG, $31,650
Presentation of a week of events centred around the presentation, development and discussion of contemporary art music.

Louisa Trewartha, NORTHCOTE, $13,200
Development and recording of two new concertos for flugelhorn and trumpet which will be released online.

University of Melbourne, PARKVILLE, $18,000
Support to commission three Victorian artists - Gabrielle de Vietri, Megan Evans, and duo Sam George and Lisa Radford - to create works for State of the Union, an exhibition that will explore the relationship of artists to political engagement and will be presented at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

Elizabeth Welsh, FLEMINGTON, $12,750
Development of an album of Australian music for baroque violin.