Shelter 2 Commissions Program

Expressions of Interest Open

MAV SHELTER COMMISSIONS PROGRAM

Shelter is an innovative commissions program developed by MAV to respond to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19 for culturally diverse artists and communities. The first iteration of Shelter has seen the engagement of over 50 diverse artists and artists of colour to produce new works that reflect on the ways we have reimagined and renegotiated our relationships to home and each other during the first wave of the COVID19 pandemic in Victoria.

These works are currently being presented on the MAV website.

SHELTER 2 

MAV is inviting applications from diverse creatives of colour who live in or were staying in any of 9 public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne during the July hard lockdown, to submit ideas for new creative works that reflect on their experiences of this unprecedented event. 

Shelter 2 is providing a range of quick response funding opportunities to commission Solo New Works $500, Collaborative New Works $2000 and Project Responses $5000.

This is an opportunity for diverse creatives of colour who live in or were staying in any of the 9 public housing towers affected by the July hard lockdown to communicate their stories and perspectives with new works that explore their own agency in creative led, self-determined responses to public health and that shed light on the impacts of injustice, trauma, and systemic inequality.

Applicants may create work across any artform to be submitted for presentation on the MAV website in video, audio, image or written document formats. See MAV’s first Shelter program for examples of previous works submitted here . We would also welcome new ideas and formats as long as they can be presented online.

Applicants will be notified of their outcome within 2-3 weeks of submission.

MAV will present the works created online in stages from November 2020 onwards on the dedicated Shelter homepage on the MAV website.

NOTE: We are more interested in your stories and creative ideas than your ability to write grants and ‘ funding lingo”!

WHO CAN APPLY?

MAV encourages creatives of colour of any age across the whole spectrum of practice including professional full time artists, emerging artists and people who are creative but don’t necessarily see themselves as artists. All artforms are welcome and we encourage experimental new forms and ways of presenting work online.

To be eligible you need to:

  • identify as being culturally or linguistically diverse, a Person of Colour or First Nations
  • have been living or staying in one of the nine public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne during the hard lockdown in July
  • identify as being an artist or creative (amateur or professional, emerging or established)
  • be able to produce a quality work suitable for online presentation within 8 -16 weeks
  • be able to provide an original and creative response to the Shelter provocation
  • be able to produce their work in compliance with COVID19 restrictions
Shelter 2 themes

Creatives may respond to a theme of their own choice, informed by their own lived experience or they may be inspired by one of these themes expressed by other affected community members:
health, wellbeing and safety | re-traumatisation | structural inequity | the power of family and community | solidarity and support | accessibility of information | loss of freedom of movement | financial insecurity | food safety/insecurity | care, dignity and equity | cultural safety | investment in public housing | COVID-19 racism

Funding CATEGORIES

Each funding category will offer a set fee for the development of a new artistic work including:

SOLO NEW WORK $500 (total pool $15,000)
Opens Monday 14 September
OPEN NOW until funds are expended

There will be 30 Solo New Work Commissions offered for development of new works for online presentation to be produced within 8 weeks. This is for creatives who can produce their work alone and do not need additional materials, equipment, expertise or technical support. Creatives will be paid $400 upfront and the remaining $100 will be paid upon submission of their final work.

COLLABORATIVE NEW WORK $2000 (total pool $24,000)
Opens Monday 14 September
OPEN NOW until funds are expended

There will be 12 Collaborative New Work Commissions offered for development of new works that involve more than one person or require additional materials or equipment. Creatives will need to provide a simple budget outlining how the money will be spent and submit their work within 10 weeks of notification. Creatives will be paid $1500 upfront and the remaining $500 will be paid upon submission of their final work.

PROJECT RESPONSE $5,000 (total pool $15,000)
Project Response $5,000 (total pool $15,000)

Opens Wednesday 12 August
OPEN NOW until funds are expended

There will be 3 Project Response Commissions offered to local community groups, cultural enterprises or artist collectives to develop works for online presentation involving multiple artists or community members. Applicants do not need to be auspiced or incorporated but need to provide a simple budget outlining how the money will be spent. MAV will provide project support and will administer payments according to an agreed schedule negotiated with the applicants.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS
  • Applicants for Solo and Collaborative New Works must be living within one of the public housing estates named or have been staying there during the July hard lockdown but may collaborate with people living elsewhere.
  • Project Response applicants may live outside of the public housing estates but must be collaborating and able to demonstrate existing working relationships with resident creatives and community.
  • Creatives who are under 18 will need consent from their parent/ legal guardian to participate if their application is successful.
  • MAV encourages all creatives at all levels to apply for this project. Applicants will be assessed based on their ideas and ability to tell their story in their own way through their artform of choice rather than traditional criteria such as track record and artistic merit.
  • Applications can be in the language of your choice, include written or oral format. MAV will arrange and pay for translation as required.
  • The works created must be suitable for online presentation and may include audio, video, image files or written documents.
  • Creatives will retain full rights and ownership of their work but will be required to grant MAV exclusive rights to the first public presentation of the work as part of Shelter.
  • Previous recipients and applicants for Shelter 1 can apply again if they meet the criteria.
  • Creatives may apply to more than one category but can only apply to each category once.
  • If applying to multiple categories, creatives must submit different ideas in each category.
SELECTION PROCESS

A diverse panel of creatives, academics and a public housing resident, will be assessing applications as they come in. Applications will be supported until the funds are spent. Applicants will be notified of their outcome within 2-3 weeks of submission.

KEY DATES

OPEN NOW / until funds are expended

For enquiries, please send us an email at office@mav.org.au.
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Please put Shelter 2 Support Material in the subject line and mention the project name in the body of the email.

Shelter 2 is proudly supported by VicHealth, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and Australia Council for the Arts.

Featured Image Credit:
‘Irraa Deebi’uu (2017) an installation by Oromo artists Guled Abdulwasi in collaboration with Aysha Tufa and soundscape by Obsa Yousuf. Photo by Damian W Vincenzi.

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