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Applications have now closed for 2020

Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe would like to thank everyone who submitted an application, or considered submitting an application at this time. We received 91 applications, and the panel will be meeting on Thursday 11 June to curate the final selection of projects. Should there be any questions in the meantime we will be in touch. We express our gratitude for your creativity, resilience, innovation and energy.

Take Over! is a unique partnership between Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe. The program supports visionary artists to push their creative boundaries. Through an open-call out to mid-career and established artists, the program has commissioned and presented three exciting and ambitious world premieres annually since 2017.

Previous works commissioned include:

• 2017: Discordia by The Discordiants (James Andrews, Gabi Barton, Holly Durant, Benjamin Hancock, Simone Page Jones, Hannah Fox and Will & Garrett Huxley)

• 2018: Colossus by Stephanie Lake Company

• 2019: What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD) by Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen / Deep Soulful Sweats

This year, we are taking a different approach. Take Over 2020! will be both an online and a live project.

For 2020 we want to share the available commissioning funds of $30,000 with more artists, by investing in the development of up to ten smaller new works.

Artists will be advised of the outcome of their application on Friday 12 June, and the first selected projects will commence development from Monday 29 June.

This project has been generously supported by Monica Lim & Konfir Kabo and Anne Runhardt & Glenn Reindel.


This commission is for Victorian mid-career to established independent artists, who have a strong track record of self-generating artistic projects in which they are the lead artist.

We encourage applications from Deaf and Disabled artists, First Nations artists, CALD artists and LGBTIQ+ artists.

Program Details

There are two stages to this project:

1. June – September 2020
This part of the Take Over! commission is supported by a $3,000 investment towards artist fees to enable development of their works over a two week period; sharing their development online with Arts Centre Melbourne and Fringe audiences.

2. November 2020
The commissioned works will be presented together as part of a one-off durational performance event, during Melbourne Fringe at Arts Centre Melbourne in November 2020. This will attract an additional presentation fee.

More detail can be found in our FAQs.


Download the Take Over! 2020 FAQs


Previous Commissions

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Header image of WAISTD 2019 by Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen / Deep Soulful Sweats. Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti.

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