Up to $120,000 is available from VicArts Grants to support projects that deliver new ideas and approaches across a wide range of art forms and activities.


VicArts Grants

The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s independent artists and arts companies. It provides one-off support for discrete projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria’s arts sector. The program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to delivery of the arts that will build on Victoria’s position as a cultural leader.



The VicArts Grants program aims to develop a strong, innovative and diverse independent arts sector in Victoria. It does this by:

  • Supporting a broad range of independent artists and arts organisations.
  • Increasing the availability and accessibility of the arts to the Victorian public and to build audiences.
  • Supporting projects and programs in regional Victoria.
  • Supporting projects and programs that reflect the diversity of Aboriginal arts and cultural practices in Victoria.
  • Supporting projects and programs that reflect diverse communities in Victoria.
  • Supporting the interstate and international touring of Victorian artists and Victorian works.
  • Assisting artists and arts organisations in building the sustainability and financial viability of their professional practice and engaging in partnerships or collaborations with Victorian industries, organisations or communities.

VicArts Grants will allow for the best use and a broad distribution of Government funds across the Victorian arts sector to maximise the benefit for the Victorian community.


VicArts Grants Funding

Applications will be accepted for requests between $5,000 and $60,000.

Applications for 2 year support can apply for up $60,000 yearly ($120,000 total)

Solo projects (i.e. one artist working alone) will be eligible to apply for up to $20,000.

Applicants will be expected to provide a level of detail in their written application, support material and budget (including levels of co-funding/financial contribution) appropriate to the grant request, and Creative Victoria will not support the entire financial cost of a project/program.


Eligible Projects

VicArts Grants will support a range of projects and programs for example:

  • Creative Development of new work, practice based research and experimentation.
  • Presentation of new work/s, productions, exhibitions, publications or curated programs and festivals.
  • Professional artists collaborating with Victorian Communities.
  • National and international residencies/presentations/touring and market development activity.

Applications for VicArts Grants can be for smaller scale, individual projects, through to larger projects or programs that extend over multiple years. Applications are encouraged from a wide range of art forms. These include, but are not limited to, visual arts, literature, dance, circus, cabaret, music, theatre, multidisciplinary and experimental work.


Eligible Applicants

The VicArts Grants program accepts applications from individuals and organisations including arts, non-arts, community and local government.

The primary focus of the VicArts Grants proposal must include Victorian-based individual professional arts practitioners (emerging to established) and/or Victorian-based professional arts ensembles and organisations AND an artistic project/program. Please note:

  • Creative Victoria will only accept one application per applicant (including under auspice) in each funding round.
  • Auspicing bodies may apply on behalf of multiple applicants.
  • State-owned cultural agencies and organisations receiving funding through Creative Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program are not eligible for funding through VicArts Grants (except where acting as an auspice body).
  • For the July 2018 funding round, applicants must choose between applying to either VicArts Grants or the Creator Fund.

The VicArts Grants program now accepts applications for 2 year funding. In addition to the eligibility requirements above, please note:

  • Applications will be accepted for requests to be allocated across a 2 year period (eg, applicants requesting support of $50,000 will receive $25,000 per year for 2 years).
  • Successful applicants will not be eligible for further support through the VicArts Grants program during the period of the 2 year grant.
  • Successful applicants will not be eligible to apply for successive 2 year grants.
  • The funding stream will provide 2 x years of continued annual support to a limited number of successful applicants.



Applications close 22 August 2019.


More Information


VicArts Grants Recipients

ACAPTA on behalf of Kim Kaos, Northcote, $30,000
Development of Fair Ground Project, a period of artist-focused research will inform the development of a new work with disabled and able-bodied circus and physical theatre artists, reframing notions of circus and disability.

Jenny Ackland, St Kilda East, $14,235
Research and development of a manuscript CIRCUS MAXIMUS, exploring the socio-political issue of abortion set within a travelling circus community.

Adi Sappir / Under the Olive Tree, Albert Park, $8,000
Presentation of Under the Olive Tree, a concert and musical collaboration between Melbourne-based Jewish and Arabic musicians.

Ali Fyffe, Melbourne, $12,885
A tour by music and performing arts collective halfsound to countries across South-East Asia, performing works by young Australian composers and working with community-based organisations to develop creative connections between Victoria and South-East Asia.

Rushdi Anwar, Heidelberg, $10,000
A two-part project that will commence with research into the organisations and people living in local and international refugee communities, followed by the creation of new visual artwork and an installation.

Archer Magazine, Coburg, $15,000
Publication of Archer Magazine #6, an online and print publication that explores sexuality, gender and identity.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Chi Vu, Flemington, $13,000
The creative development and presentation of Mermaid Terrorist, a performance loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Mariaa Randall, Kangaroo Flat, $6,261
The creative development of Divercity, a dance work, exploring how place impacts upon a woman’s expression of her Indigenous culture.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Adam Fawcett, Northcote,  $15,702
Final development and presentation of Animal, the debut work by performing arts group Influx. The work will incorporate music and films and explore the theme of violence against women.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Jodee Mundy, Northcote, $21,000
The development and presentation of Imagined Touch, a multi-sensory, participatory live art project that will provide audiences with insights into the world of deafblind people.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Maude Davey, Abbotsford, $9,300
Creative development of The Crow Family, a work for children performed by a real-life family that will tell the story of an urban family and their relationship with the neighbourhood crows.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Elissa Goodrich, Kew, $10,500
Creative development of The Gene Tree Project, a new world-jazz composition that will reflect on climate change.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Melinda Smith, Croydon, $15,390
The creative development of Dance Interrogations 2016, an interactive, improvisational dance collaboration between a dancer living with cerebral palsy, and a dancer/screendance artist.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Luke George, Carlton, $12,603
A tour to Germany to present Erotic Dance, a new dance work that explores how intimacy is created between performer and audience.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Jo Lloyd, St Kilda East, $15,000
The creative development of Like Air, Like Nothing, a dance performance exploring the subconscious and how it affects our real-life actions.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Adam Wheeler, Southbank, $25,000
The creative development and presentation of QUARK, a dance performance by young people that investigates social isolation.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Shian Law, Windsor, $15,000
The final creative development and presentation of Vanishing Point, a performance piece incorporating dance, documentary and visual art.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Tristan Meecham, Melbourne, $18,000
The development of Crow, an interactive performance exploring the ill-fated journey of an amateur sailor.

Australian Book Review, Southbank, $20,000
A series of publishing programs by the Australian Book Review.

Banmirra Arts Inc., Raymond Island, $75,000
Development of ‘Possum Cloak Story Ceremony – kooramook biganga karweeyn watnanda’, an event aimed at reconnecting participants to Aboriginal cultural knowledge and practice through song, dance, story, language, art and craft.

Nana Biluš Abaffy, St Kilda, $10,000
The third development of YOU SAID I COULD BE THE HORSE, a cross disciplinary performance based on the Greek tragedy dramas of Aeschylus.

Blak Dot Gallery, Brunswick East, $25,000
Presentation of Black Dot Gallery’s 2016 and 2017 program of contemporary visual art exhibitions that engage with Indigenous and culturally diverse communities in Victoria.

Born in a Taxi, Altona North, $11,200
Creative development of a long-form improvisational work No Former Performer Has Performed This Performance Before.

Mark Brandi, Brunswick East, $6,350
The completion of the final draft of Frankie, a novel of friendship, hope and struggle that follows the story of a young boy.

Capital Venues and Events on behalf of David Chisholm,  Bendigo, $42,000
The presentation of a world premiere performance event to open the 2016 Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.

Mauricio Carrasco, Footscray, $7,500
A series of concerts and master classes in New Zealand and Chile, showcasing works by Victorian composers.

Castlemaine Circus Inc, Castlemaine, $7,500
Final development of Atopia: Welcome to the New World, a work combining theatre and an installation that will be developed by local young people working alongside professional artists.

Chart Collective, Docklands, $7,000
Development of Legend, an online work that allows audiences and artists to tell their stories of place and the environment using a variety of artforms, and plot them onto an interactive map of Australia.

City of Darebin, Preston, $12,520
Development and presentation of Re-visioning Histories, a group exhibition by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists that explores histories and assumptions about Australia’s identity.

City of Melbourne, Docklands, $30,000
The development of a research-based travelling lab program for interdisciplinary and experimental artists. The lab will be located between Melbourne’s Arts House and the community of Natimuk in the Wimmera.

Cordite Poetry Inc., Carlton South, $24,625
Four online editions and three printed collections of the quarterly poetry journal Cordite Poetry Review.

Julia deVille, Collingwood, $10,000
Creative development and presentation of a new solo exhibition which draws on renaissance, baroque and Victorian art to create contemporary sculptural and holographic works.

ELISION Incorporated, South Yarra, $25,000
Presentation of a 30-part lunchtime concert series that will accompany an exhibition that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the ELISION Ensemble.

Rose Ertler, Maldon, $7,000
Development and presentation of Light At The End…, a new performance collaboration with local asylum seekers and refugees.

Field Theory, Brunswick East, $18,000
Development of Romantica 100, a live streaming audio broadcast from Brunswick cafe Cafe Romantica that will tell the stories of the patrons, staff and the suburb through interviews, stories, music and performance.

Flinders Quartet Inc, Docklands, $15,000
The presentation of Flinders Quartet’s 2016 concert series.

Alexander Garsden, Clifton Hill, $15,000
Presentation of INLAND, a concert series of Australian exploratory music.

Golden City Support Services Inc, Bendigo, $15,000
Development and presentation of No Hands, a performance work by mixed ability company CreateAbility that will incorporate physical theatre, sound and animation to explore themes of idealism, obsession and self-acceptance.

Govin Ruben; The Rubix Cube, Moonee Ponds, $22,500
Presentation of SK!N, a contemporary dance work and a lecture that explores the global problem of human trafficking.

Alison Halit, Coburg, $10,000
The development and curation of a two-week Australian Showcase Festival in Montreal, Canada in 2017.

Georgia Harvey, Footscray, $7,214
Creative development of Jam every other day, a collaborative project between ceramicists Dawn Vachon and Georgia Harvey that will examine the convergence and divergence of their practices and create new work for an exhibition.

Nicole Hayes, Glen Iris, $15,000
The development of A Shadow’s Breath, a young adult novel set in regional Victoria that follows diverse female characters and explores issues including family violence, mental health, love and creative expression.

Fiona Hile, Fitzroy North, $20,000
The development of a book of poems exploring contemporary philosophical ideas about art, mathematics, nature, metaphysics and abstraction.

Inku Kang, North Melbourne, $9,900
Research and creative development of a novel based in North Korea that follows a group of young people who are under surveillance by law enforcement.

Insite Arts International Pty Ltd on behalf of Antony Hamilton, Northcote, $15,000
Development of Number of the Machine, a new dance work that will use a motion stimulator platform and be performed in a gallery setting.

Susan Jacobs, Princes Hill, $15,000
The development of a sculptural installation to be presented at the 2016 Sao Paolo Biennial in Brazil.

James Thomas Lawson, Surf Beach, $17,600
Presentation of ‘Play For Australia’, a season of short, curated theatre pieces by culturally diverse artists exploring notions of Australian identity.

Jolt Sonic Arts, Clifton Hill, $50,000
The Melbourne premiere of THE BOOK OF DAUGHTERS, a large scale work involves nine sonic and multimedia shows and installations that offer insights, blessings and lessons for daughters in the community, with a tour to Japan, China, Taiwan and Singapore.

Andrea Keller, Reservoir, $9,800
The development and composition of Still Night: Music in Poetry, a song-cycle which will draw text from poetry and focus on themes of death, grief and loss.

Kill Your Darlings Pty Ltd, Footscray, $33,000
The in print and online publication of four issues of the literary and culture journal Kill Your Darlings.

Louiseann King Eganstown, $10,000
The development of Arbor Temporis Momentum, a large-scale sculptural and sound installation.

Brienna Macnish, Brunswick East, $17,500
Final stage development and presentation of Village, a collaborative project that explores public perceptions of ageing via the stories of people living in retirement villages.

Ellie Marney, Yandoit, $15,000
The final development of OFF THE GRID, a young adult novel that explores themes of ethics, extremism and teenage identity.

Media Lab Melbourne / Travis Cox, Collingwood, $9,900
The development of Urban ReNeural, an interactive and technology-based exhibition exploring sustainability, liveability, play and the environment.

Melbourne Ballet Company, Balwyn North, $14,000
The creative development of two new ballet works, to be presented as a part of Intention and Desire, for the 2016 season.

Monash University on behalf of Matthew Bird, Toorak, $12,300
The development of Sleep Sarcophogi, an interactive sculpture that incorporates multimedia, lighting and sound to explore the science of sleep.

Monash University on behalf of Nicholas Mangan, Caulfield East, $14,240
The development and presentation of Limits to Growth, a sculptural and photographic installation exploring mining and Pacific Island histories. The work will premiere in Australia and will tour to South Korea and New York.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Belinda Annan, Doveton, $9,900
The creative development of Broken Pieces, a solo contemporary dance work exploring the traditional war dances and music of Ghana.

Music at the Basilica Inc, Geelong, $8,000
Presentation of Seasons, a four-part concert series featuring sacred music from a range of periods in various styles.

Sonia Orchard, Preston, $10,000
The development of a new novel About the Fire exploring modern womanhood and female friendships, personal power and gender.

Naomi Ota, Preston, $20,000
The creative development of Ashi-Yu, a new work that will bring audiences and performers together to discuss ideas around healing, cures, and the need to reflect and recuperate.

Performing Lines, Redfern, $15,000
Presentation of ‘Asian Producers Platform Camp Melbourne 2017’, a professional and sector development initiative to develop networks and share skills.

Phunktional Ltd., Melbourne, $33,000
A participatory digital storytelling project in collaboration with marginalised and at-risk youth in the Sunraysia region that will explore issues of racial tension in isolated regional areas.

Platform Artists Group Inc., Melbourne, $15,000
Creative development and presentation of an artwork by Raafat Ishak on a prominent Melbourne CBD billboard.

Platform Youth Theatre on behalf of Thomas Banks, Geelong West, $10,000
The remount and regional tour of Someone Like Thomas Banks, a work which explores the playwright’s experiences as a young, gay man with cerebral palsy, living in regional Victoria and looking for love.

Platform Youth Theatre on behalf of Laura Hartnell, Northcote, $7,000
A project that will bring young theatre-makers together with industry mentors to develop a performance that tells the stories of young people spanning three generations of an Australian family.

Helen Rayment, Preston, $20,000
A residency, exhibition, catalogue and film project that will see Victorian artists work, present and collaborate as part of the Kochi Muziris Biennale in India from December 2016 – March 2017.

Roberta Rich, Footscray, $5,000
Presentation of White lies: As we know it, an exhibition and workshops series, that will re-tell colonial Australian histories from the experiences of non-Anglo identifying Australians.

Right Now Inc, Kensington, $8,360
The commissioning of literary nonfiction works by established and emerging Australian writers for Right Now, a literary journal on human rights, equality and justice.

Tracey Rigney, Dimboola, $5,990
Creative development of Slow Awakening, a theatre piece set in Victoria and South Australia which explores grief, loss and separation through the story of an Indigenous family from the 1960s to present day.

Lisa Roet, Ormond, $13,000
The development of a large-scale sculptural work Golden Monkey/Sneezing Snub Nosethat will be part of China’s Golden Week celebrations and Beijing’s Design Week.

James Rushford, Ivanhoe, $11,787
Research and development of Predator Calls, a radio-based work and associated theatre piece that explores issues surrounding recreational hunting, collaborating with chamber music ensemble Golden Fur and developed as part of a residency at the acclaimed Cité Internationale des Arts and Centre International des Récollets in Paris.

S. A. Aiken and R. M. Jensen, North Melbourne, $20,000
The development and presentation of Underworld, a dance performance that explores the relationship between the online and the offline world.

Betty Sargeant, Elwood, $19,770
The design and development of a ‘Storytelling Machine’ that will invite students, authors, illustrators and members of the community to contribute to a collective digital story.

Zoe Scoglio, Northcote, $10,000
The development of the second stage of Lifeforms and Earthworks, a new performance work inspired by the geological origins of the human race.

Lee Serle, Melbourne, $18,000
The final development and presentation of Activate, an interactive performance installation that will combine choreographic, sonic and olfactory experiences.

Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company, Albert Park, $45,000
The presentation and tour of a performance work Anchoring the Wind… Because I Matter…, that explores the experiences of those living in state care.

South East Community Links, Noble Park, $44,000
A year-long youth drama, writing and performance program that will explore, and bring to life, the stories of young people living in Dandenong and surrounds.

SPRING1883, Melbourne, $20,000
Presentation of ‘Spring 1883’, an art fair that showcases contemporary art and artists from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.

Polly Stanton, Princes Hill, $11,000
Development of The Spectral Field, an audio-visual work with artist Sam Nightingale that explores the ecology, environment and natural history of Victoria’s Mallee region.

Rebecca Starford, Fitzroy, $10,000
Completion of the first draft of The Handler, a historical novel told from the perspective of a female protagonist and set in London during WWII.

Swingbridge Arts Ltd t/a Jump Leads Productions, Middle Park, $10,000
Development and presentation of That’s Not a Daffodil!, a new children’s theatre work exploring the connection between a young boy and his elderly Turkish neighbour.

TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, $22,500
Commission and presentation of works by Victorian artists for inclusion in the TarraWarra Biennial 2016.

The Association of Optimism, Darlington, $8,550
Development of The Ghost Project, a series of installations, lectures and story exchanges examining stories of ghosts and hauntings in contemporary society.

The Avoca Project Inc., Flemington, $20,000
Development of At Home, a series of interconnected site responsive works created by women during residencies at Avoca’s Swiss House.

The Gertrude Projection Association, Fitzroy, $25,000
Development of the ‘Gertrude Street Projection Festival Mentorship Program’ that will run as part of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

The Ownership Project, Fitzroy, $30,500
A printmaking skills development program that will provide mentorship opportunities to newly arrived migrant, refugee and Indigenous Australian communities.

The Village Festival of New Performance, Fryerstown, $23,500
Presentation of ‘The Village Festival 2016’, a multi-arts festival to be presented in three locations across Victoria; The Village Winter Festival (Castlemaine), Edinburgh Gardens (North Fitzroy) and as part of The Falls Festival.

Katriona Tsyrlin, Carnegie, $5,410
String quartet Allotropy! to commission a new composition by Joe Chindamo and the rewrite of an exisiting work by composer Evan Lawson to suit a string quartet.

Stephanie Van Schilt, Portarlington, $15,000
Creative development of Fatale: Her Story, a podcast series investigating a true crime.

Emma Viskic, Northcote, $15,000
Completion of And Fire Came Down, a contemporary crime novel set in Victoria, featuring a profoundly deaf detective as the central character.

Zheng-Ting Wang, Templestowe Lower, $8,000
Development of Culture in Contact, a book that explores the generations of Chinese migrants from the 1980s to 2000 who have shaped Chinese performing culture in Victoria.

Elizabeth Welsh, Flemington, $5,000
The development of Curious Animals, a new composition for baroque violin and nylon stringed guitar by Paddy Mann.

[email protected] Community Arts, North Melbourne, $35,000
Development of Breakin’ Boundaries, a performance project created in collaboration between Wild at Heart’s ‘2 Hot 2 Handle Hip Hop crew’ of people living with disability, Cultural Infusion’s culturally diverse youth dance group Mayibuye, and CoHealth’s youth leadership team from the North Melbourne housing estate.

Williamstown Literary Festival, Williamstown, $10,000
The presentation of the 2016 Williamstown Literary Festival.

Women’s Circus on behalf of Tomoko Yamasaki, Fitzroy North, $14,000
The creative development and presentation of Tsu Na Gu, a performance incorporating circus and geisha skills that will re-tell stories of the artist’s upbringing in a famous cabaret club in Japan.


Media Release

Some 57 diverse creative projects will share in more than $1.6 million thanks to the latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s VicArts Grants program.

The funding will provide opportunities for more than 1,600 independent artists of all abilities and backgrounds, creating works across a range of mediums.

The funding will see Victorian artists working locally and internationally, such as at the prestigious Venice Biennale and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as in Thailand, Switzerland, the US and France.

The supported projects span Victoria, including a major new work by experimental art duo Cake Industries commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ballarat and a Natimuk-based project that will see a live orchestral piece set to an animation exploring the incredible world inside a beehive.

Several works will celebrate our First Peoples’ creativity, including supporting performances of the hit theatre show BigHouse Dreaming in Darwin and Brisbane, and a visual arts project that will explore how First Peoples knowledge can help tackle issues around sustainability and waste.

The program also invests in a range of skills development projects including a new guide for regional and outer metropolitan libraries on how to host must-see events, and a business development and marketing mentorship.

Applications for the next round of the VicArts Grants program will close on 22 August.

For the full list of projects along with guidelines and application templates, go to creative.vic.gov.au.