RISING is a festival that starts when this incredibly long day ends. It’s a surge of art, music and ceremony in the heart of Melbourne. At the rise of the full moon on 26 May 2021, interlocking circles of experience and connection will radiate through the night, as the city re-synchronises.  

RISING wants your ideas about what a festival for our future can be. Whether you want to respond to the times or ignore them completely, we want to hear what you have in mind.  

We have been collectively forced to reflect on our world as it has been and to contemplate potential new worlds. Old worlds and hidden worlds have been drawn into focus. RISING is calling for artists of Victoria to respond to this with ambitious ideas for art that could only happen in a festival context. 

This Call to Artists seeks proposals for new work from creative individuals, collectives or companies. We are not a funding body. We are looking for ideas suited to a contemporary cultural festival experience. We are particularly interested in ideas that may not work within more conventional arts environments. 

Thank you for your interest in our Call to Artists. Submissions have now closed. Successful applicants will be notified week commencing 29 June.

 

NITTY GRITTY

We will be considering a number of different (and somewhat contradictory) things in the selection process:  

  • Ideas that can only be realised in a festival context as opposed to year-round cultural institutions 
  • Ideas that are generous, celebratory, of the moment and for the community 
  • Ideas that are radical and ambitious 
  • Ideas that could apply to multiple cities and festivals, that present opportunities for co-commissioning and future presentation 
  • Ideas that are specific to Melbourne, our time and place 

An advisory group comprised of the RISING national and international curatorial team will decide on successful applications. 

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WHO DECIDES?   

An advisory group comprised of the RISING national and international curatorial team will decide on successful applications.  

WHAT YOU WILL GET

In the first round, 100 successful applicants will each receive $2,000AUD to develop their initial proposal further and resubmit into a second round.  

WHAT YOU WILL GET IF YOUR WORK GOES TO THE SECOND STAGE

In the second round, successful applicants will receive a creative development fee (the fee will be dependent on the scale of the project) to facilitate a month-long development of the work throughout August and September. RISING festival producers and production managers will support this development, providing expertise and advice on the work’s viability for RISING’s specific context. The outcomes from this development period will then be considered by the RISING curatorial team for presentation at the inaugural RISING 2021 and beyond to future festivals depending on the project.

WHAT YOU WILL GET IF YOUR WORK GOES THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS

Artists whose works are chosen for presentation will be fully produced by the festival. Artists will receive a commissioning fee which will cover any additional development required, as well as presentation costs.

QUESTIONS?

Check out our FAQs page or askus@rising.melbourne.