Applications now open
Diasporas is set to disrupt systems of power in the arts, ignite artistic practices and represent diverse creatives and their communities.
Diasporas is created for, by and with diverse creatives as an artistic intervention to increase visibility, participation and equity in the arts towards a new arts ecology.
More than a festival, Diasporas holds space for the interrogation and development of arts and cultural practice with diverse artists and communities. Diasporas is a springboard for building culture, connection and knowledge and a training ground for the next generation of producers, designers, technicians, and creatives.
Diasporas will launch in 2021 with a series of commissions open to diverse creatives across Victoria.
Through the Diasporas Commissions, MAV (Multicultural Arts Victoria) seeks to create opportunities for participation that uphold models of self-determination, by prioritising marginalised and under-represented lived experiences.
Commissions are open to First Nations colleagues and friends as an act of solidarity in their struggle for sovereignty and self determination for collaborative projects with people of colour and solo works.
These commissions will be awarded for:
Three tiers of commissions are available; $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000.
Submissions will open from Friday 2 July 2021 and close on Wednesday 1 September 2021, inviting artists to respond to the provocation below. Applications will be assessed by an Advisory Group of cultural leaders.
Your submission will respond to this provocation as a whole or in part:
Never before has it been more important for diverse creatives to tell their own stories on their own terms.
We choose art for its capacity to transform, critique and redefine power.
We choose art to respond to threats of bigotry and intolerance in our pluralistic society.
We choose art to reveal intersectional, intercultural, intergenerational knowledges.
MAV is developing a smaller commission series under Diasporas for young, emerging creatives to be announced later in 2021.
Submissions Open 2 July 2021
Information Sessions 22 July + 5 August 2021
Submissions Close 1 September 2021
Commissions Announced Publicly 18 September 2021
Acquittals Due 31 December 2022
If you have any enquiries please contact Diasporas Creative Producer, James Emmanuel Mckinnon at email@example.com
No, your project does not need to be presented at the Arts Centre Melbourne and can occur anywhere in Victoria.
MAV is able to support artists to identify additional funding but cannot provide certainty of these additional funds. Your budget should reflect any additional funding required and how you propose to source it.
Yes, you can include other confirmed or proposed sources of funding as part of your budget.
You are not able to submit the same project to the different commission tiers. However, you are able to submit different projects in each of the different tiers.
No, only individuals and collectives can apply for funding. You may obtain a statement of support from a partner organisation. However this is not obligatory.
Yes, feedback will provided to all unsuccessful applications, if requested.
MAV maintains the first right of refusal for presentation during the 2022 or 2023 Diasporas festivals. Artists must use the funds for the purpose that is intended and budgeted, and work ethically and within the law.
Arts Centre Melbourne is delighted to be partnering with MAV for the presentation of the Diasporas platform. Although a state-wide initiative, Arts Centre Melbourne will be Diasporas' home. This decision reflects an exciting dialogue and partnership that is evolving between our organisations to centre equity in our work as sector leaders. Our partnership interrogates and develops the work in cultural equity with Diasporas showcasing key outcomes over the next four years at Arts Centre Melbourne. We look forward to evolving our vision for Diasporas together.
Diasporas is supported by Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and the Australia Council for the Arts.