Melbourne’s resident population and daily visitation is growing rapidly. Arts and creativity are essential to Melbourne’s identity.
A new Arts Strategy for 2014-17 is being developed. In October and November, we held public and artist forums, pop-up events and sought feedback online about what people love about the arts in Melbourne and how we should encourage arts and creativity.
The draft Melbourne Arts Strategy (PDF, 0.9MB) was open for your final input from 12 March to 9 April 2014. You were able to participate by completing an online survey. Project updates are provided below.
- Why an Arts Strategy?
Melbourne is recognised and celebrated as a city for the arts. The City of Melbourne’s 2010-13 Arts Strategy helped Melbourne to continue to support and promote a diverse range of artists and to provide opportunities for people to experience the arts. Being a creative city, one that encourages and enables participation in artistic expression and supports experimentation, is a key goal of the City of Melbourne. The new strategy will explore Melbourne’s creative assets and challenges, define goals and establish recommendations for how we can continue to strengthen and expand Melbourne as a city for the arts to the year 2017.
- What is an Arts Strategy?
The strategy will be the City of Melbourne’s key strategic document to strengthen and elevate Melbourne's profile as a city for the arts. The Arts Strategy is a key part of the Council Plan 2013 – 17, specifically the goal for Melbourne to be a creative city. The Council Plan vision is for Melbourne to be a place that inspires experimentation, innovation and creativity, and fosters leaders of ideas and courage. It will build upon a long standing heritage and embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
The Arts Strategy 2014 - 17 will set out priorities and actions that support the City’s vision of a creative, inspirational and sustainable city through the arts.
The strategy will articulate:
- the value of a creative city,
- the City of Melbourne’s role in contributing to Melbourne’s reputation as a creative city,
- investment and priorities for the arts,
- alignment and relationship with the Melbourne arts landscape, and with State and Federal Government arts funding bodies, and
- approaches to deliver on the goal for Melbourne to be a creative city through the arts.
- How does the City of Melbourne already support arts and creativity?
The City of Melbourne aims to strengthen Melbourne by creating and facilitating new arts opportunities and innovations through investment, programming, infrastructure, support and planning.
The City of Melbourne:
- manages, develops and interprets arts assets,
- produces and presents arts projects, programs and experiences,
- supports the creative sector through grants, subsidies, services and spaces, and
- engages our networks through arts policy, coordination, sector engagement and the sharing of approaches.
In this financial year, the City of Melbourne will invest over $14 million in the arts in Melbourne, including arts grants, venues and facilities, studio spaces and offices, free public events, projects and programming, public art and more. This investment and support is delivered by the City of Melbourne across a range of programs and initiatives.
Delivery of key granting programs including:
- annual funding of up to 100 one-off projects which are delivered by artists and organisations across all art forms, and
- triennial funding to 38 arts and cultural organisations delivering a range of festivals, events, exhibitions and performances.
Arts Venues and Facilities
Operation, programming and maintenance of:
- ArtPlay children’s cultural centre
- Signal young people’s cultural space
- Arts House North Melbourne Town Hall and Warehouse
- Arts House Meat Market (owned by the State Government of Victoria and managed by the City of Melbourne)
- City Gallery
- Creative Spaces program and online portal www.creativespaces.net.au(External link)
Housing for Artists and Arts Organisations
Operation and management of:
- 150 artist studios and offices housing 170 artists and arts organisations, and
- eight spaces for rehearsals, performances and community activity.
Operation, programming and maintenance of:
- Town Hall Grand Organ,
- Organ Museum,
- Federation Bells (owned by the State managed by Council),
- Giant Theremin,
- 100 outdoor sculptures,
- 80 monuments and fountains, and
- 8000 objects in the indoor collection
Management and delivery of the following programs:
- Public Art Program (permanent and temporary),
- Melbourne Conversations,
- Indigenous Arts Program,
- Bi-annual Indigenous Arts Festival, and
- Arts and Participation Program.