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Ahead of the Curve

Date: Sun August 22 2021 12:00 am to Sun August 22 2021 11:59 pm

The Ahead of the Curve Commissions is for young and emerging artists of colour living around Melbourne, to create new digital artworks that respond to social challenges, including COVID-19.


These commissions will empower young storytellers, makers and creators within our diverse communities to create works that:

  • show their strength and resilience in the face of adversity
  • explore health and wellbeing and
  • draw from their lived experiences.

MAV will offer a range of Ahead of the Curve commission tiers to suit community aspirations and individual capacity. As well as financial support, MAV can offer the following support to participating artists and communities:

  • professional and creative development workshops
  • networking and mentoring
  • production and administrative assistance.

The new digital works created in Ahead of the Curve will be presented online as part of MAV’s Diasporas platform. The Ahead of the Curve commissions will highlight the way the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded inequity and disadvantage for communities of colour in Victoria.

Supported by The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, the Ahead of the Curve commissions will challenge prevailing narratives of CALD communities as vulnerable and helpless and explore how diversity and community can also be protective factors; enabling communities to address the social determinants of health inequity and disadvantage.


Applicants must address how their proposal will respond to inequity and disadvantage within diverse and marginalised communities by responding to one or more of the following provocations:

Exploring the themes of strength and vulnerability

Sharing narratives of adversity and resilience

Creating sanctuary through shared experience


  • Empower: Solo New Works ($750): 10 available
    For creatives who can produce their work alone and do not need additional materials, equipment, expertise, or technical support.
  • Develop: Collaborative New Works (up to $3000): 10 available
    For development of new works that involve at least 2 creatives and/ or require additional materials, equipment, expertise, or technical support.
  • Respond: Project Response Works (up to $7000): 5 available
    For community groups, cultural enterprises, or artist collectives to develop works involving multiple artists and/ or community members.



For eligibility, timelines and deadlines, and applications, visit the MAV website at: https://www.mav.org.au/news/ahead-of-the-curve-commissions/

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