Makeshift is our research and professional development program by artists, for artists.

Makeshift Publics

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 2020-21 cohort here, and apply for 2022-23 here.

Each year will see artists creating work adjacent to each other, sharing learning and experience, and acting as portals onto the diverse communities to which they’re intimately connected. Through ongoing, sustained engagement and a profound curiosity towards the meaning of art in a time of crisis, these artists will focus on the practical ways that art can rebuild our shared public sphere.

Click here to read about Makeshift Publics 2021
Click here to read about Makeshift Publics 2022-23


Makeshift Workshops

Makeshift Workshops are three-day intensives for artists working across disciplines.

Led by a different artist/collective each time, these workshops are designed to offer artists time and space to investigate, collaborate and explore eclectic ideas and radical approaches to artmaking with a group of cross-disciplinary peers without the pressure of an outcome.

Lead artists determine participants’ application and selection process. Arts House provides the space and resources to make it happen.

Selected participants are provided with a stipend and lunch. If you require access support, including Auslan interpretation, please let us know when applying.

See below for previous workshops.


Makeshift Digital Gatherings

Makeshift Digital Gatherings are online participatory events for artists working across disciplines to connect and engage with each other.

Hosted by a curated panel of guests, Digital Gatherings are designed to offer artists the opportunity to investigate, explore and discuss complex ideas in a conversational format over Zoom during lunchbreaks.

See below for previous Digital Gatherings.


Makeshift Black Marks

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.

With a process driven by collaboration between participants and teachers, this program is for practitioners at any stage of their career. The program prioritises skill development and opportunities over set outcomes. This program will be tailored to focus on the desired outcome of the participants. Practical skill development can look like writing bios, artist/curatorial statements, arts criticism, grant applications, research methods and experimental texts.

Black Marks will take the format of 14 in-person sessions over a 10-month period from July 2022 – March 2023.

Participants will be paid a fee. If you require access support, including Auslan interpretation, please let us know when applying.

Click here to read about applying for Makeshift Black Marks


Photo: courtesy of Samira Farah and Areej Nur


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