1,500 Melbourne artists receive grants to reignite the city’s creative spark
09.09.2021

1,500 Melbourne artists receive grants to reignite the city’s creative spark

Melbourne artists

More than $1 million has been awarded to Melbourne artists for projects that will bring people back to the city and strengthen its economic and creative recovery.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said repeated lockdowns have greatly impacted the creative industry and this funding will provide much-needed support to Melbourne artists.

“Through the arts grants program, we will support 101 projects and employ more than 1500 artists at a time when the arts sector needs a real boost,” the Lord Mayor said.

What you need to know

  • The City of Melbourne have delivered grants to 1,500 Melbourne artists
  • The total pool is more than $1 million
  • The grants are aimed at reigniting the city’s creative economy post-COVID 19

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“We’re funding installations, operas, exhibitions and film festivals, which will bring people back into the city and reinforce Melbourne’s reputation as the cultural capital of Australia.

“Melburnians love their culture and will no doubt enjoy a pre-show cocktail or meal before immersing themselves in art produced by talented creatives.”

The creative industries contribute over $31 billion to Victoria’s economy each year and employ more than 260,000 artists.

2022 Arts Grants recipients include:

  • A live performance with handmade butterflies at the Royal Botanical Gardens, to raise awareness of threatened native species
  • The Melbourne Women in Film Festivalwhich will showcase inspiring filmmakers
  • An opera based on the life of Mademoiselle Julie Maupin, an LGBTQI+ opera singer and swordsperson born in the 17th century
  • An interactive sound installation with hearing aids that enable listeners to take creative control over what they hear
  • A new play with themes of exploration, belonging and heritage that centres around a 12-year old girl and her extended family.

Creative Melbourne portfolio lead Councillor Jamal Hakim said art forms an integral part of Melbourne’s identity.

“The Melbourne arts scene has produced countless prominent and underground artists, and we know art of any scale makes an impact and contributes to our rich culture,” Cr Hakim said.

“That’s why this program continues to support artists with varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

“We also delivered workshops to support artists with a range of skills and abilities to improve their grant writing.”

For more information on Council’s support for artists, visit the City of Melbourne website.