Castlemaine State Festival announces $15,000 in commissions for regional Victorian artists

To celebrate regional Victoria’s diverse and forward-thinking creative community, Castlemaine State Festival’s COVID-19 artist relief project will offer respite for vulnerable artists as well as provide a platform to showcase new art forms, ideas and attitudes.

WE ARE HERE will provide grants for a suite of bold new works by artists living in Mount Alexander Shire, Macedon Ranges, Hepburn Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and the City of Greater Bendigo, or projects created within these regions.

Four new performing/live works artists will receive a grant of $3,000 to bring their project to life. Three projection/lens artists will receive $1,000 each for their new works. All works will be considered for inclusion in the 2021 Castlemaine State Festival.

Castlemaine State Festival Director Glyn Roberts said that now, more than ever, people are looking to the arts to find comfort, connection and perspective. “In the face of the global pandemic, our region needs the experience of art to help aid recovery and reconnection. We are committing our 2021 Festival wholeheartedly to supporting our collective re-emergence from this life-changing crisis. It is going to be a fascinating journey for both artists and audiences as we emerge from this unforeseen and devastating disruption in our lives,” said Glyn.

The Castlemaine State Festival celebrates daring imagination, courageous ideas and communal spirit.  The 2021 festival will run from 19th to 28th March. However, Glyn Roberts says, “It may run a little longer to accommodate the extra time required for cleaning venues. We still don’t know where we’ll be with Corona in March.”

Expressions of interest are now open for eligible artists to apply until Wednesday 22 July, with successful artists announced mid-August. To apply visit http://castlemainefestival.com.au/commissions