Makeshift Black Marks

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.

Makeshift Black Marks EOIs are currently closed.


Black Marks is designed for people who are at any stage of their career. We are looking for self-motivated people who work well with others and also independently.

We encourage EOI submissions from people with an experimental arts practice and those with interests that also sit adjacent to and beyond the arts – e.g., health, environment, activism, science, architecture, space, mathematics, engineering, sport, food etc.

This program will accept EOIs from artists who self-identify as Bla(c)k. We encourage applications from First Peoples, First Nations, African, Melanesian, and any other Black-identifying folk. We want to support the diversity of Black lived experience in the artistic community and beyond. With this in view, we especially encourage applicants from the intersections: Black folks living in regional Victoria as well as those who identify with Disabilities, D/deafness, neurodiversity or chronic illness.

Read the following for more details:

  • Read the Info Pack and Frequently Asked Questions [PDF | Word]

Key Dates

  • Makeshift Black Marks EOIs are currently closed.


Black Marks is a writing program for Black Victorian-based artists, thinkers and makers that takes place in person at Arts House in North Melbourne and/or online.

  • Each writer receives a participation fee of $4,650 plus superannuation
  • The program takes place across the year through regularly planned sessions with the selected cohort and teachers, and individual time commitment for writing practice
  • Arts House has additional resources available to ensure that an artist’s access and inclusion needs are met in order to participate in the program, if required.

How to Apply

We want you to apply in the format that is easiest for you. You can submit these formats through the SmartyGrants EOI system:

  • Written
  • Video
  • Auslan video (we can arrange interpretation of your video if needed)
  • Audio

Please get in touch with us prior to the closing date if you need to submit your application outside of the SmartyGrants system or via a recorded zoom for access reasons.

Got A Question?

Kalyani Mumtaz
Arts House Associate Producer

Samira Farah
Arts House Artistic Associate

Sherene Stewart
YIRRAMBOI, Executive Producer

0447 570 178 (text only)
(03) 9322 3720

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