Makeshift Publics 2022-23

Makeshift Publics supports artists to explore ideas of place in a changed city.

After an intense selection process we’re thrilled to reveal the artists who will take up the challenge of Makeshift Publics 2022 – 23. Meet the artists here.


Acknowledging artists as leaders, Makeshift Publics asks committed practitioners to explore new methods of rebuilding fundamentally disrupted social ecologies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public space has mutated; the charged common grounds of theatres, galleries, museums and cinemas are empty; suburban footpaths and parks are negotiated in new ways and the online has taken on a new presence. Artists know a lot about how to gather people around ideas, images and stories, and this is one thing that has not changed. For this program, Arts House understands that public space can be social, historic, temporal, digital, economic, architectural, biological, chemical, inaccessible and contested; it includes civic spaces as well as outdoor and online environments. 

With a process driven by a cross-disciplinary team of arts leaders, this program is for committed arts practitioners who want to explore new contexts for contemporary art in a year-long program in which artists investigate this shift.

After a successful 2021, we are now opening applications for 2022 – 2023. 

Read the following for more details:

Key Dates

Makeshift Publics Program Dates:

  • Week 1: 11 – 17 July 2022 
  • Week 2: 31 October – 6 November 2022 
  • Week 3: 20 – 26 March 2023 
  • Open Day: 25 June 2023


Makeshift Publics is a research and investigation program for individual, Victorian-based artists that takes place online.

  • Each artist receives $18,000 artist fee, plus Superannuation and oncosts.
  • The next edition of Makeshift Publics runs from July 2022 – June 2023. 
  • The program takes place across the year through individual time commitment and in three intensive weeks, with the whole cohort of artists and facilitators. See dates above. 
  • Makeshift Publics Facilitators determine the key themes of the program and design a creative process that emphasises cohesion, connection and knowledge sharing. The Facilitators are practicing artists and arts workers who bring a breath of experience and knowledges. Meet the Facilitators here.
  • Arts House has financial resources available to ensure that an artists’ access and inclusion needs are met in order to participate in the program, if required. 

Please see FAQs for more information.

How to Apply

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

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

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.

Expressions of Interest for this program closed Thursday 14 October 2021.

Arts House’s Call-Out Info Session

Got A Question?

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

Tara Prowse, Creative Producer
0447 570 178 (text only)
(03) 9322 3720

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Internet relay users: connect to the NRS (internet-relay.nrscall.gov.au) – then type in – 03 9322 3720

Header Image: Mass Movement by Latai Taumoepeau, Refuge 2021. Photo by Bryony Jackson

Image Description:  A group of bodies in bright colourful clothing walk a long a shoreline with large pine trees and a cityscape of Melbourne in the background across a bay. The image has a glitchy effect applied to it that stretches across the lower third and distorts the bodies and the pathway.

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