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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.


Program Details

These commissions will be awarded for:

  • Creative development alone (no presentation in 2022; possible presentation in 2023);
  • Creative development with presentation in 2022; or
  • Presentation of new work (work that has already undergone a creative development).

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.


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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.



Applicants who:

  • Self-identify as First Nations, a Person of Colour, or Culturally or Linguistically Diverse;
  • Live in Victoria with a current Victorian address;
  • Intend for the project to be presented in Victoria;
  • Identify as an emerging or established individual artist or group of artists;
  • Are able to provide links 1-3 examples of recent solo or collaborative work; and
  • Are able to meet the requirements stipulated by each commission tier.

MAV is developing a smaller commission series under Diasporas for young, emerging creatives to be announced later in 2021.


Key Dates

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


Frequently Asked Questions



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.


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