5 November 2021

Artists, communities and organisations can now apply for funding to bring community spaces to life with ambitious new creative projects, providing new tourism drawcards through sculptures, murals and interactive art.

2 silos with images on them

Rupanyup Silo

The latest round of the Creative Activation Fund offers grants of between $40,000 and $300,000 to develop new artistic attractions across Victoria.

Projects aim to transform local buildings and spaces, celebrating local culture in new and creative ways. This could include large-scale murals, sculptures, digital activations or public art that breathes new life into locations identified for revitalisation.

Past grant recipients have included silo art projects in St Arnaud and Picola, open-air murals in Wedderburn and an augmented reality tour exploring sites of cultural and historical significance to First Peoples in Fitzroy.

Another previously funded project, Djaara Lights, will soon transform Bendigo’s Telstra Exchange building and neighbouring Bendigo Creek with a spectacular night-time display of neon artworks, street art and digital experiences telling stories from Dja Dja Wurrung People. The project will be launched on 6 November.

Bushfire-affected local government areas of East Gippsland, Towong and Alpine will be prioritised in this latest round of funding, acknowledging the impact that fires and the pandemic have had on local tourism.

Priority will also be given to projects that are led by Victorian First Peoples creative practitioners or organisations.

Applications for the Creative Activation Fund are now open, and close at 3:00pm on Thursday, 2 December 2021.