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 CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

The second edition, Shelter 2 will address the ways in which COVID-19 compounds the structural inequity experienced by low socio-economic, communities of colour and will resource artists and communities affected by the recent hard lockdown of the 9 public housing estates in Melbourne, to lead a creative recovery process.

MAV is inviting Expressions of Interest from culturally and linguistically diverse artists who live in or who were staying in the any of 9 public housing estates in Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne during the July lockdown.

Artists will have the opportunity to reflect on their lived experiences during the July hard lockdown and beyond, and to respond with new works that not only shed light on the impacts of injustice, trauma, and systemic inequality, but that also explore their own agency in creative led, self-determined responses to public health which position communities as key determinants of their own wellbeing, health and safety.

Shelter 2 will provide a range of quick response commissioning options and funding opportunities that allow for artists’ varying wellbeing, needs, vision and capacity including Solo New Works, Collaborative New Works and Project Responses. The project funds will be released in stages to ensure that artists have opportunities to apply when they are ready. Applicants will be notified of their outcome within two to three weeks of submission of their application.

MAV will present the works online in stages from October 2020 onward on the dedicated Shelter homepage.

WHO CAN APPLY?

To be eligible artists/creatives must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • identify as being culturally or linguistically diverse, a Person of Colour or First Nations
  • must be living or have been staying in one of the nine public housing estates in Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne during the recent hard lockdown in July
  • identify as being a practising individual artist or group of artists (emerging or established)
  • be able to provide an online link to a recent solo or collaborative work
  • be able to produce high quality work suitable for online presentation
  • solo and collaborative Commissioned artists must be able to produce work ready for publishing online within 8 weeks of notification
  • Project Response artists must be to produce work ready for publishing within 16 weeks of notification
  • be able to provide an original and creative response to the Shelter provocation
  • be able to produce their work in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions
PROVOCATION

Community members and researchers alike have been pointing out that structural inequalities mean People of Colour are disproportionately affected by COVID 19. This has been borne out in the recent lockdown of some of Melbourne’s public housing estates, which are home to incredibly diverse communities. Many of their residents are culturally and linguistically diverse artists/artists of colour.  We invite them to be part of a creative recovery process in which they may reflect on this time and its continued impact.

Artists may respond to a theme of their own choice, informed by their own lived experience.

Or artists may be inspired by one of these themes gathered from experiences related 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 – prioritising care, dignity and equity – cultural safety – investment in public housing – COVID-19 racism

In no more than 200 words (or 3 minutes for video/audio applications), artists should explain:

  • the theme or issue they are responding to
  • why they have been inspired to create work about this theme or issue
  • a brief description of the concept and artwork that they intend to produce
COMMISSION CATEGORIES

Each commission category will offer a set fee for the development of a new work/s that can be presented online including the following categories:

SOLO NEW WORK $500 (total pool $15,000)
Round 1: Wednesday 12 August / Closes Wednesday 9 September
Round 2: Opens Monday 14 September/ Closes Monday 12 October or until funds are expended

There will be 30 Solo New Work Commissions offered over 2 rounds of 15 commissions each, for development of new solo works which can be produced within 8 weeks of notification. This will be best suited to artists who do not need to purchase or hire significant materials or equipment and who do not require additional expertise or technical support to produce their work. Artists will not be required to submit a budget with their application. Artists will be paid the creative development fee of $400 upfront and will be paid the $100 licensing fee upon submission of their final work.

COLLABORATIVE NEW WORK $2000 (total pool $24,000)
Round 1: Wednesday 12 August / Closes Wednesday 9 September
Round 2: Opens Monday 14 September/ Closes Monday 12 October or until funds are expended

There will be 12 Collaborative New Work Commissions offered over 2 rounds of 6 commissions each for development of a new work that involves more than one person or requires the purchase or hire of materials or equipment. Artists will be required to submit their work within 10 weeks of notification and will need to provide a simple budget outlining how the money will be spent. Artists 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)
Opens: Wednesday 12 August
Closes: Wednesday 9 September

There will be 3 Project Response Commissions offered to local community groups, cultural enterprises or artist collectives to each develop a work/s for online presentation involving the input of multiple artists and/ or community members. Applicants do not need to be auspiced or incorporated but will need to provide a simple budget outlining how the money will be spent. MAV will provide administration and production support if required and will administer payments according to an agreed schedule and budget negotiated with the successful applicant.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS
  • Solo and Collaborative Commissions applicant/s must be living within the public housing estate named or have been staying there during the July hard lockdown and may collaborate with people living elsewhere.
  • Project Response applicants must be either living in or based within the public housing estates named, or be able to demonstrate close working relationships with resident artists and community members from the estates that they will collaborate with.
  • 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 will be presented online.
  • Artists 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.
  • MAV may be able to provide technical advice for artists to create video and/or audio of their work, but please contact us to discuss your needs.
  • Previous recipients and applicants of a Shelter Commission are eligible to apply again if they meet the criteria.
  • Artists may apply to more than one category but can only apply to each category once.
  • If applying to multiple categories, artists must submit different ideas in each category.
SELECTION PROCESS

A diverse panel of creatives will be assessing applications as they come in. Applications will be supported until the closing date or until our funds are spent. Applicants will be notified of their outcome within 2-3 weeks of submission.

KEY DATES

Expressions of Interest for Solo and Collaborative New Work Commissions:
Round 1: Opens Wednesday 12 August / Closes Wednesday 9 September
Round 2: Opens Monday 14 September/ Closes Monday 12 October or until funds are expended

Expressions of Interest for Project Response Commissions
Opens: Wednesday 12 August
Closes: Wednesday 9 September or until funds are expended

Applicants will be notified within 2-3 weeks of submission of their applications.
Works will be presented online from October 2020 onwards.

For enquiries, please send us an email at office@multiculturalarts.com.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:

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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