Arts Centre Melbourne and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program (MTCP) are excited to announce an open Expression of Interest (EOI), inviting Deaf and disabled artists and collaborating allies to create a participatory work incorporating themes of movement, repetition and time.

The selected project will receive funding to the total of $40,000 (via auspice by Performing Lines) to create a new-site responsive performance work, activating non-traditional and highly visible spaces in the Arts Centre Melbourne precinct, with the project planned to feature in an event in late 2021.

Arts Centre Melbourne’s partnership with the Metro Tunnel Creative Program was forged due to the fact that both organisations are managing disruption near the theatres buildings. Conversations began about how they could create lively spaces while offering an opportunity to Victoria’s artists.

The selected work for this project will be adjudicated by a Public Realm Performance Commission selection panel that includes representatives from Arts Centre Melbourne and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program, alongside artists and cultural leaders with lived experience of disability and artists with First Nations representation.

Performing Lines will work directly with selected artists to support the producing processes, responding to the specific administration, financial and production requirements for the selected project.

The EOI is open to Victoria-based Deaf and disabled artists, collaborating allies and collectives welcoming all genres that engage and foster audience participation. The expected outcomes are a work in progress delivering a new performance work upon completion of creative development no later than July 1st 2021.

Arts Centre Melbourne has provided an information video for potential applicants with MTCP and ACM representatives featured to answer questions that participants may have regarding the EOI process or broader program. The video can be accessed here.