Creative Lab First Nations Project

On Wimmera land artwork, Painted with Light. Artist: Tanisha Lovett, Gunditjmara and Wotjobaluk artist. Photo: Mary French

ACT Natimuk’s Creative Lab First Nation Artist/s’ Project is an arts development opportunity available to First Nations artist/s or arts collectives working in any artform – visual, performing, sound, installation, screen etc.

The aims of the Creative Lab Program are:

  • To encourage artists to connect with Natimuk and work as part of Natiumuk’s small but vibrant arts community
  • To create/seed work for NatiFrinj Biennale
  • To create/seed work that may be suitable for inclusion as a Made in Natimuk (MiN) work
  • To help with the sustainability of maintaining a regional arts practice
  • To encourage artistic exploration
  • To encourage diversity of artistic expression

The Creative Lab First Nations Artist/s’ Project is intended to provide First Nations artist/s some creative exploration time on an idea, which will ideally seed a project with a showing/outcome for NatiFrinj 2024.

There is one Creative Lab First Nations Artist/s’ Project opportunity in 2023-4. The successful applicant/s will receive:

  • a $5000 grant
  • some support to build/make connections in Natimuk
  • some support to access venues/spaces
  • some support to access limited technical resources

Successful applicants will be required to :

  • Provide some images/video/text documentation of their exploration
  • Present a ‘work-in-progress’ outcome during Nati Frinj 2024
  • Arrange their own travel and accommodation
  • Provide proof of appropriate Public Liability Insurance (PLI) (some of the grant can be used to acquire this and we can help with this process)
  • Hold a current Working With Children Check

To apply for this unique opportunity submit the following online application form:

Applications Open: June 5, 2023
Applications Close: August 31, 2023
Notification: On or before September 29, 2023

Creative lab during the period: Oct 2, 2023 – Oct 31, 2024

Outcome/showing during NatiFrinj: Nov 1 – Nov 3, 2024