Deadly Fringe is back! With three successful years under our belt, the Deadly artist development program continues to expand as it seeks to support innovative visual artworks by emerging Indigenous artists. This time we’re looking to commission two artists who will each deliver a visual art exhibition within one of Melbourne’s independent galleries as part of the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
The two selected emerging artists will each receive an honorarium of $2,000 (excluding GST) as an artists fee as well as to support artist materials, and plenty of additional in-kind support to cover gallery hire, exhibition staffing, an opening event and other curatorial and technical support to make each of their exhibitions happen!
Selected artists will also be creatively mentored in a bespoke one-on-one mentorship program and will receive personalised support throughout the whole process from the Melbourne Fringe team.
The first of our exhibition commissions is open to visual artists working in any medium, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography or 3D works, or a mix of these if that’s the way you work; the sky’s the limit.
For our second visual arts commission we are seeking expressions of interest from artists working primarily in digital media, including film and video art. There’s also an opportunity to present alongside the digital exhibition some live or event-based programming should you wish. Tech support for this exhibition includes access to a projector, multiple television monitors and additional equipment to support your exhibition delivery. Please get in touch if you’d like a detailed list of equipment available.
You can apply for either of these visual art commissions via this EOI form.
ABOUT DEADLY FRINGE
Deadly Fringe is designed to facilitate the growth, exploration and pathways for emerging and Deadly voices in theatre, contemporary performance, visual art and arts producing. The Deadly Fringe program in 2020 includes:
Two Visual Arts Commissions (what you’re reading right now!)
Performing Arts Commissions (Applications are now complete for 2020, however the EOI for 2021 Deadly Fringe commissions will be coming out shorty)
Emerging Producer Placements (Check our jobs page for more info or get in touch with a member of the team; contact details are listed below)
These key projects are underpinned by the broader Deadly Fringe program of artistic and cultural support, provided through mentorships, engagement with Elders, the coordination of First Nations Yarning Circles, community engagement initiatives (such as discount tickets for mob), and dedicated assistance from the two Deadly Fringe producers for all First Nations artists involved with Melbourne Fringe Festival.
WHAT SUPPORT IS INVOLVED?
– be paired with an industry mentor who will be paid to offer bespoke professional and creative development advice about your projects and career
Creative development honorarium
– receive a $2,000 (excluding GST) honorarium towards materials and developing your work for exhibition at the Melbourne Fringe in 2020
Exhibition venue hire –
your gallery hire fees and costs associated with exhibition staffing during opening hours will be covered as part of the 2020 Festival
– Led by our First Nations staff, a series of 3 Yarning Circles provides a culturally safe space to share ideas and support other artists and producers within the Deadly program.
– participate in masterclasses on business practice and project planning. Each of the workshops will run back to back on Sunday 26 July, from 10am-4pm at Melbourne Fringe’s year round venue for independent arts, Common Rooms.
– receive ongoing support from Melbourne Fringe staff to help register your exhibition in the Festival and problem-solve along the way
Melbourne Fringe Festival registration
– your registration cost will be covered should you choose to register in the 2020 Festival
Rego FAQs and Information sessions
– These sessions are packed with tips and tricks to assist you in navigating the registration process, as well as marketing and budgeting support to get your work from idea to exhibition
Applications are open now, and close at 10am on Monday 18 May 2020