Up to $260,000 is available from Regional Centre for Culture Commissions to activities in the region that engage local people and attract tourism.
Regional Centre for Culture Commissions
Regional Centre for Culture 2018 Commissions is a one-off program that will support creative organisations or groups of creative practitioners to develop significant new works inspired by the designated region to be presented between mid-August 2018 and mid-October 2018 as part of the Regional Centre for Culture program in 2018.
An initiative of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy, Regional Centre for Culture is a year-long festival style program that will focus on a specific geographical area, shining a spotlight on local creativity, culture and events. As well as providing an umbrella for existing creative activity in the region, the program will also include commissions, activities, events and community-based projects by local creative practitioners, artists, groups and organisations, along with work by leading Victorian creatives and organisations.
The inaugural Regional Centre for Culture in 2018 will be held in one of Victoria’s key regional cultural hubs, encompassing the City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and Hepburn Shire. The Traditional Owners of this land are the Dja Dja Wurrung people and the Taungurung people.
The Regional Centre for Culture 2018 Commissions aim to:
- Create significant new works inspired by the local region.
- Provide opportunities for local and visiting audiences to engage in unique high quality creative experiences as a part of Regional Centre for Culture 2018.
- Provide professional development and capacity building opportunities for the team involved in making and presenting the work.
Three grants of $260,000 are available to develop and present new work as part of the Regional Centre for Culture 2018 program.
The program encourages applications which meet one or more of the following priorities:
- By applicants based in the designated region (City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and Hepburn Shire).
- Made for (with and/or by) children, families and/or young people.
- That reflect the rich history and contemporary presence of Victoria’s Aboriginal people.
- Developed through collaborations between companies, for example: of different sizes, kinds and artforms/creative practices.
The grant, and any other funding the applicant is bringing to the project, must cover all costs associated with:
- Fees to creative, management and technical personnel
- Creative development costs
- Production, materials, rights, equipment and technical costs
- Project management costs
- Production costs associated with the presentation of the work
- Marketing and publicity costs related to presenting the work
The works will be presented between mid-August 2018 and mid-October 2018. The exact timing would be negotiated by the successful applicants with the Regional Centre for Culture 2018 Producers, City of Greater Bendigo and Creative Victoria.
Commissioned works may encompass one or more artforms and/or creative practices including (but not limited to) performing and visual arts, contemporary music, literature, design, fashion, film and digital games.
- All applicants must be based in Victoria.
- Applicants to Regional Centre for Culture 2018 Commissions may be a group of creative practitioners or one or more creative organisations working together. Any individual creative practitioner or unincorporated group must apply through an auspice organisation.
- Organisations receiving funding through Creative Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program and Major Performing Arts companies in Victoria are eligible to apply.
- Applicants based in the designated Regional Centre for Culture 2018 area (City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and Hepburn Shire) may apply to both the Regional Centre for Culture 2018 Local Grants program and the Regional Centre for Culture 2018 Commissions program, however an applicant will only be funded for one of these opportunities.
- Applicants may only submit one application for this program, but may also be named as a collaborator in other Commission proposals.
All applicants must attend a briefing by Creative Victoria and the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation – the Traditional Owners on the Country where the Regional Centre for Culture 2018 will be taking place.
- 4pm Monday 7 August, Level 5 Theatrette, Department of Treasury and Finance Conference Centre, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
- 3:30pm and 5pm Tuesday 8 August, The Capital Banquet Room, 50 View Street, Bendigo (as a part of the Regional Centre for Culture 2018 Information and Discussion sessions).
All applicants must also speak to program staff before submitting an application. Auspice bodies may apply on behalf of multiple applicants.
Applications close 11 September 2017.