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Meet this year's recipients of the 'Creators Fund'.

Twenty-three creative individuals and groups have been named the state’s ‘Creators’ for 2019, as the second round of recipients receiving funding  via the Victorian Government’s ground-breaking Creators Fund.

A key initiative of the Victorian Government’s $115m Creative State strategy, the Creators Fund will enable recipients to work intensively to research and develop their creative ideas over a three to six month period.

The Creators Fund paves the way for independent creatives to take their practice and their careers to the next level by providing them with one of the most important and scarce resources - time.

Meet the inaugural Creators Fund Recipients, selected by expert panels from more than 200 applications.

Alexander SwordsAlexander Swords

Alexander Swords is a multidisciplinary narrative development specialist working across the screen arts and beyond for over a decade. Read more

anthony paterasAnthony Pateras

Anthony Pateras is an Australian composer/performer whose current work focuses on electro-acoustic orchestration, temporal hallucination and sound phenomena. Read more

courtney holmCourtney Holm

Courtney is the founder of A.BCH, an independent Melbourne fashion label centred on total transparency. Read more


Efterpi Soropos

Efterpi Soropos is an artist and designer with a background in performing arts design. Read more

Arts by Emma Roberts and Ben Andrews

Emma Roberts and Ben Andrews

Emma Roberts and Ben Andrews are a producer/director team working in location-based virtual reality. Read more

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Jack Mitchell and Thomas Dudley

Thomas Dudley and Jack Mitchell are collaborating to produce research exploring relationships with water, indigeneity and urbanism. Read more

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Jacob Boehme

Jacob Boehme is a Melbourne born and raised multi-disciplinary theatre maker and choreographer of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations, South Australia Read more


Jessica Barclay Lawton

Jessica’s films have screened at 60+ festivals worldwide, including; MIFF, Aspen, Palm   Springs, Slamdance, Raindance, as well as Vimeo staff picks. Read more

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Jessica Wilson

Jessica is an independent theatre artist with a practice extending from large-scale site-specific projects involving mass participation to intimate interactive works. Read more


Jonathan Homsey

Jonathan Homsey is an arts maker and manager interested in the intersection of street dance, visual art and social engagement Read more

OVERTURE - photo Peter Rosetzky

Jo Lloyd

Jo Lloyd is an influential Melbourne dance artist working with choreography as a social encounter. Read more

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Justin Olstein

Justin is a VCA Film and TV School graduate. His short drama Adam's Tallit received an AACTA Award nomination for best short film. Read more

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Lia Hills

Lia Hills is a novelist, poet, and translator. Her work has been published, translated and performed in numerous countries including Japan, France, Greece and the US. Read more

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Luke Miller

Luke Miller is a software developer and lead organiser of the Melbourne Queer Games Festival. Read more (image: Inside a Head)

Lyndal Jones - image by Ferne Millen

Lyndal Jones

Lyndal Jones addresses socially important themes through very long-term projects shown as performances and video installations. Read more

Mama AltoMama Alto

Mama Alto is a cabaret artiste, jazz singer & gender transcendent diva. A queer, transgender person of colour, she works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability. Read more

Image of Oscar RabyOscar Raby

Oscar Raby is a multimedia artist exploring the overlaps between user and artefact to find the places where a story is built in present time. Read more

PARISA AND REZA LATIFI - PHOTOBlame the Shadows Collective

Blame the Shadows Collective practices are founded in filmmaking and extend to inter-disciplinary projects. Read more

Sarah FirthSarah Catherine Firth

Sarah Firth is a comic artist, writer, graphic recorder and animator based in Melbourne. Read more

Tee pee groupTee Pee Studios

TeePee Studios formed in late 2016, founded by Peter Daly and Thomas Sutcliffe with a primary focus on the creation of visual effects and production of film media. Read more

Image of Tony BriggsTony Briggs

Tony is a Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri (Woiwurrung) theatre & film creative. He is the creator and writer of the feature film ‘The Sapphires’ which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012. Read more

Slapstick plan photoThe Disability Slapstick Plan

The Disability Slapstick Plan is a Melbourne based ensemble of artists with physical disabilities. Read more

Snake Hill GamesSnake Hill Games

Snake Hill Games is an independent games development studio based in rural Victoria.  Read more