Artist Opportunities

Deadly Fringe

Our Deadly Fringe program is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. Deadly Fringe is all about unearthing and supporting exciting, new works by emerging First Nations artists. We commission First Nations artists to make original performing and visual artworks and support emerging producers through our Deadly Fringe Producer roles. In addition to providing money to make art, Deadly Fringe helps artists out with additional support through First Nations yarning circles, mentorships, discount tickets for mob and excellent First Nations producers support their work.

Deadly Fringe Visual Arts Commissions

Deadly Fringe Visual Arts Commissions applications are now closed.

We’re looking for two First Nations artists who will each deliver a new and original visual art exhibition within one of Melbourne’s independent galleries as part of the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

The first exhibition commission is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander visual artists working in any medium, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography or 3D works, or a mix of these if that’s the way you work. The sky’s the limit.

The second visual arts commission is open for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists working primarily in digital media, including film and video art. You may also present some live or event-based programming alongside the digital exhibition, if you like! Tech support for this exhibition includes access to a projector, multiple television monitors and additional equipment to support your exhibition delivery.

The two selected emerging artists will each receive:

  • A $2,000 artist fee, inclusive of any material costs (excluding GST)
  • In-kind support to cover gallery hire, exhibition staffing, an opening event and other curatorial and technical support
  • A bespoke one-on-one mentorship program
  • Personalised support throughout the whole process from the Deadly Fringe team including blak only yarning circles and cultural support.
Deadly Fringe 2020 Performance Commission Recipients

The recipients of our Deadly Fringe Performance Commissions for 2020 are Harley Mann and Racheal Oak Butler.

  • Harley Mann (Social Staples, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2018) presents Common Dissonance, a contemporary blend of circus, dance and physical theatre work that explores the harmony and dissonance of contemporary Australian reasoning
  • Racheal Oak Butler presents My Calling, an inter-arts collaboration contrasting spoken word compositions with a cycle of dance and movement. My Calling touches the surface of secrets held within Racheal’s family and the impact of Australia’s ignorance and racism.
Deadly Night, Melbourne Fringe 2019. Photo by Michael Jalaru.