CultureLAB X Western Edge

CultureLAB X Western Edge

Please note, applications for CultureLAB are currently closed. 

For this partnership, Arts House and Western Edge invited artists (18-30) from Melbourne’s West working in theatre or contemporary performance to apply to create new work, at any stage of development. This opportunity will serve as a pipeline for young artists at pivotal transitory stages of their practice.

As Arts House and Western Edge consider their contexts in the broader ecology, this is an opportunity for us working in the inner and outer West to collaborate on creating pathways for young artists and support the development of next generation independent practitioners.

Arts House will provide:​​

  • Up to $20,000 fee contribution
  • Dedicated studio time between 2 and 5 weeks duration
  • Technical equipment and production support
  • Creative producing support where appropriate
  • Collective workshopping and gathering moments hosted by artistic peers and cultural leaders
  • Follow-up artist care session post-development with a QTPOC counsellor

Western Edge will provide:

  • Two dramaturgical sessions with Stephen Niccolazo and John Marc Desengano, Western Edge, co-Artistic Directors
  • Two writing sessions / script development with Chanella Macri, Western Edge Co-Artistic Director
  • Work in progress showing co-hosted at Arts House
  • Network building through Western Edge’s artistic and curatorial communities 
  • Opportunity to host or be interviewed on Western Edge’s LiveStream platform to discuss your process in depth with other likeminded artists and peers

Key Dates

  • EOI’s opened: Thursday 15 September, 9am AEST 
  • EOI’s closed: Thursday 20 October, 5pm AEST 
  • Notification of selected artists: Wednesday 7 December  

Information sessions and EOI support

Arts House and Arts Access Victoria hosted a number of general application support and information sessions.

Learn more here

Arts Access Victoria also offers EOI support.
Please contact: info@artsaccess.com.au or phone 03 9699 8299 (voice only)

How to apply

Please note, applications are currently closed. Those who contacted us ahead of the closing date to request an extension may still submit up to the agreed date.

Please note that a proposed budget must have been included to assess project viability. Download the budget template in Excel.

About Western Edge

Western Edge is a performing arts organisation with the goal of creating a thriving community of next generation artistic and cultural leaders borne from Melbourne’s West, one of the most multicultural and fastest-growing areas with the highest proportion of young people in Australia. Using the principles of intersectionality, cultural safety and accessibility, Western Edge creates outstanding artistic outcomes in collaboration with culturally diverse young artists and their communities. Our work has multiple outcomes: creating space for young artists to explore creativity and new artistic practices, network with artistic peers and industry mentors, have opportunities for training and employment, develop leadership skills and strengthen local communities. Since 2005, Western Edge has delivered over 150 programs, from annual in-school residencies and community youth theatre projects to major creative collaborations with First Nations elders to residency programs with mainstage arts organisations such as Malthouse Theatre and Arts Centre Melbourne.

Western Edge is currently situated in Bunurong Country, but we work across Wurundjeri, Bunurong and Wadawurrung lands. 

Got a question?

If you have read our documents and attended the Information Session, but still have questions, please contact: 

Olivia Anderson
Arts House Program Manager
0447 570 178 (text only)
(03) 9322 3720

Stephen Niccolazo
Western Edge Co-Artistic Director 
0406075757 (text only)

National Relay Service (NRS)
TTY users: phone 13 36 77 – then ask for – 03 9322 3720
Speak and Listen users: phone 1300 555 727 – then ask for – 03 9322 3720
Internet relay users: connect to the NRS (internet-relay.nrscall.gov.au) – then type in – 03 9322 3720


Image Credit: Damian Vincenzi
Image Description: A group of six young people are on a stage with a black background. Five of them are lounging and leaning on a floral orange couch. The person at the back of the couch wears a suit and is holding a rainbow umbrella. The four other people on the couch are also holding umbrellas. They are all smiling and laughing. 

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