Arts House is where extraordinary artists make life-changing art, for overlapping communities. We support people to research, create and present bold new ideas. Read on to find out how you can get involved.
Artist led investigation.
Makeshift is our research and professional development program by artists, for artists. They take a variety of formats, and respond to current issues and concerns.
Makeshift Publics is a two-year investigation by artists into the new futures we can create under the pressures of pandemic disruption. Find out about our 2021 cohort here.
Makeshift Workshops are professional development sites for artists across artforms, sharing practice and new approaches.
Makeshift Gatherings are conversations led by artists to explore shared questions or ideas, held online and IRL.
Makeshift Black Marks is a 10-month-long writing program in partnership with YIRRAMBOI for Black Victorian-based artists, thinkers and makers who are interested in developing their writing practice. EOIs are now open – apply here.
Image: Makeshift Gathering by Samira Farah and Areej Nur
Photo by J Forsyth
Image at top: SINK by Simona Castricum X Carla Zimbler, 2021
Photo by Bryony Jackson
With money, time, space and expertise: Arts House collaborates with artists to create bold new work.
CultureLAB is about new ideas coming to life. This program supports independent artists and small-to-medium companies, Australia-wide. This program is our main pathway towards presenting new work in our seasons, major projects and festivals.
The Warehouse Residency is a Disability-led program celebrating experimental projects by Victorian D/deaf, Disabled, neurodiverse and chronically ill artists. It’s a three month residency and commissioning program with presentation in our program, and will run from 2022-27.
The Arts X Science Residency is an opportunity for a First Nations artist or collective to explore cultural traditions and indigenous astronomical knowledge systems.
Image: Cella by Narelle Benjamin and Paul White, Dance Massive 2019.
Photo by Pippa Samaya
Arts House Presents
Through local, national and international partnerships, commissioning and our development programs, Arts House curates a robust program of contemporary work into two or three Seasons each year. We present work at North Melbourne Town Hall and online, in public space and in venues across the city. Our presentation and co-commissioning partners include RISING, Next Wave, Yirramboi, Midsumma, Science Gallery as well as Campbelltown Arts Centre, Performance Space, Vitalstatistix, Blakdance and many more.
Arts House Projects
We’re better together than we are on our own. We love to collaborate across and beyond the arts to expand the conversation, explore new artforms and find new ways to approach civic issues. Some of our long-term explorations include BLEED, Refuge, and Dance Massive.
Arts House are also a presenting partner for a new biennial dance festival in March 2023. Dance artists are encouraged to submit applications for new works that Arts House can present as part of the festival program. Read more about the new dance festival commissions here.
Image: Daddy by Joel Bray, YIRRAMBOI 2019
Photo by Bryony Jackson