Grants for epic art

See radical dance, emotive exhibitions and epic contemporary art on your doorstep this year thanks to projects funded through our Triennial Arts Grants program.

We’re investing $2.7 million to help 35 arts organisations deliver amazing things in 2018-20 within the City of Melbourne. Many of the groups then go on to tour their work around the world.

Here is just some of what’s in store in the coming months.

‘It’s a big year, with lots of touring. Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) – our theatre show created in collaboration with Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Indonesia – is heading to China, followed by our first tour to Canada with Paper Planet.

We’re also embarking on the final year of two major Kids’ Collaborations projects: First On The Ladder, our art-meets-sport collaboration that celebrates the culture and achievements of young people from two Indigenous sports clubs, and 5678 Film Club, through which young people are co-creators in every aspect of the film-making process, giving them a platform to tell their own stories in their own way.

Securing funding for a strategic direction over a period of years is invaluable and allows us to frame all our activities with the company’s vison, strongly and with purpose. It supports us to create and develop new works – one of the hardest things to find funds for in the arts community – and it enables consistency and growth.’

Sue Giles
Artistic Director and co-CEO, Polyglot Theatre

‘We have two exciting exhibitions being launched, including Undercurrent by Bangerang artist Peta Clancy, who collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community in Bendigo to research, develop and create a major series of large format landscape photographs responding to a massacre site on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. This opens on Saturday 9 March.

Following Undercurrent, we will launch a new body of works by Peter Waples-Crowe exploring the intersection of sexuality and Aboriginality with all its politics in the Aboriginal community.

The Triennial Arts Grants program enables us to achieve our vision and purpose to support, promote and celebrate Koorie peoples and communities in Victoria and, particularly, support the many Victorian Aboriginal visual artists.’

Tom Mosby
CEO, Koorie Heritage Trust

‘Fully installed at our new home at WXYZ Studios in North Melbourne, we will continue to provide professional and sector development opportunities for independent artists and the dance industry.

In 2019, we will premiere Lucy Guerin’s new work Make Your Own World, develop Metal (working title) – a collaboration with Indonesia’s Heavy Metal Choir Ensemble Tikoro, and continue touring the award-winning duet Split to Europe and North America.

The Triennial Arts Grants program allows us to continue our holistic approach to supporting the dance sector, to provide spaces for research, critical thinking and radical change, to create new dance works and to collaborate with artists nationally and internationally, expanding the understanding and development of contemporary dance globally.’

Lucy Guerin
Lucy Guerin Inc

‘From 2019 Aphids takes a new leadership direction driven by a feminist methodology in which collaboration, deep listening and radical leadership is key.

In their first year you can expect a new work for theatre by Mish Grigor about routes of escape, public developments by Lara Thoms and Eugenia Lim, touring works to Sydney Opera House and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, and a new listening series, working with contemporary artists across the country.

The Triennial Art Grants program provides invaluable, stable, financial support in the delivery and presentation of new Aphids works within Melbourne.’

Rebecca McCauley

Our Triennial Arts Grants program provides three-yearly funding for major and emerging arts organisations and festivals to support the delivery of programming that enhances Melbourne’s cultural identity.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​It’s about supporting innovation, excellence, accessibility and expression, attracting people into the city to enjoy its unique creative culture, and furthering our vision for Melbourne.

For more information, visit Triennial Arts Grants.