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 to support their work.


Deadly Fringe Commissions 2021

Expressions of Interest open now for 2021 Visual Arts and Performing Arts Commissions.

The Performing Arts Commissions will see two new projects selected for development and presentation in the 2021 Melbourne Fringe Festival, with each selected participant receiving $10,000 in project funds to make it all happen!

Two Visual Arts Commissions will each receive an honorarium of $2,000 as well as plenty of additional support from Melbourne Fringe to cover gallery hire, exhibition staffing, an opening event and other curatorial and technical in-kind support to present your exhibition.

Read the 2021 Deadly Fringe Info Pack and Apply Here.

Applications are open now, and close at 11.59 on Sunday 18 October 2020.

Deadly Fringe 2020

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 Of the lands on which we meet, 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.

The recipients of our Deadly Fringe Visual Arts Commissions for 2020 are Madison Connors with Healing Through Buliana (Pregnancy) and Rosie Kilvert with Us.


Deadly Night, Melbourne Fringe 2019. Photo by Michael Jalaru Torres.