Arts House is a space where we aspire for art to flourish under the best conditions; where artists and curators are supported with fees, space, expertise and community.

Arts House invited CultureLAB expressions of interest for the financial year 2019–20 from 6 August until 6 September 2018. From the expressions of interest received, and based on excellent fit and affinity with Arts House programming and thematics, we invited selected artists to meet with us to further discuss their projects or ideas. Our priority focus was on independent, new and emerging artists.

Successful artists receive an investment of up to $10,000 for research and creative development of projects led by independent artists and created on site at Arts House. CultureLAB is supported by Creative Victoria.

Individual artist support is offered through the CultureLAB expression of interest process or by invitation, and may consist of smaller financial offers to seed new ideas, or through our Artist-in-Residence program or Listening Room Residency.

Applications have now closed for 2019-20 CultureLAB. Applications for 2020-21 will open in winter 2019.

CultureLAB artists 2019–20

  • Emily Parsons-Lord – Development: we drive so fast it feels like falling (working title)
  • Mike Bianco – Free+Eco Oyster Bar
  • Roberta Rich and Sista Zai Zanda – Afro-podes: Reimagining African Archives
  • Michele Lee – How do I let you die?
  • Rawcus and Jackson Castiglione – Life Cycle
  • Keg de Souza – (untitled)
  • Amala Groom, Ian Sinclair and Dale Collier – Lost without You
  • Talya Rubin and To Close To The Sun – At the End of the Land
  • Emma Hall – Hurricane


Read more about each of the projects here.

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CultureLAB artists 2018–19
Nana Biluš Abaffy; Zoey Dawson and Romanie Harper; Arlene de Souza aka TextaQueen; Keith Deverell; Alex Kelly; Shian Law; Lilian Steiner; Bagryana Popov, Majid Shokor; Lara Week; Sarah Aiken; Luke George; Thomas E. S. Kelly; and Ian Sinclair

Artists-in-Residence 2018
Kamarra Bell-Wykes; Marco Cher-Gibard; Samira Farah; and Areej Nur

Listening Room Residencies 2018
Ellen van Neerven; Chamber Made, with Tamara Saulwick; and Alisdair Macindoe

Seed Funding
Ngioka Bunda-Heath; Natasha Jynel; Aseel Tayah; and Jennifer Tran