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:
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:
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.
We are so excited to announce the 26 recipients of the Ahead of the Curve commissions who are ready to challenge prevailing narratives of diverse communities!
Clautrosfobia by Ana Maria Gomides
New Empower Work by Taga Barrio
Ammumma’s House by Isha Menon
Sunshower by Jonathan Homsey
New Empower Work by Judy Kuo
New Empower Work by Julianne Nguyen
Entanglements Between Bodies & Borders Volume II by Lauren Mavromati Bourke
We are the lifeless by Madhubani Dutta
New Empower Work by Quynh Nguyen
You Speak Good English! by Sarah Tan
Atas by Amicus Atman
Some Possum by Angelita Biscotti
Over Seas by Anne Hsuyin
Conquering the Demons by Beven Elankumaran
New Develop Work by Karen Bravo
HOME by Lerato Masiyane + Chuby Dice
Artificial Impression by Michelle Nguyen + Grace Quiason
Breasts Become Her by Miss Cairo
salmon cannon me into the abyss by Panda Wong
The Fae: featurette by Stone Motherless Cold
Cancion de despedida by Vanessa Estrada
Get It Right by Below The Surface
Shifting Culture by The Bittersweet Podcast
Eating the Other by Jazba Singh
SANCTUARY by Liminal
We Eatin’ Good! by Matisse Laida + Nisha Hunter
“Seeing the range of optimistic creativity and ideas presented in each artist’s application shows that imagination can really uplift society in the most challenging times, I cannot wait to see what they deliver!”
– Aaron Stephanus, Ahead of the Curve Advisory Panel Member
We were overwhelmed with incredible applications for Ahead of the Curve and we are sad that we couldn’t fund them all. We are looking forward to working with all applicants in our workshop program, to be announced soon.
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
Interested in applying for the Ahead of the Curve Commissions but want more details?
MAV hosted an information session to help you understand the application and commission process.
Watch the recording here:
Submissions Open 21 July 2021
Submissions Closed 11.59pm 1 September 2021Ahead of the Curve Information Session 16 August 2021Ahead of the Curve Commissions Announced 13 Oct 2021
Creative delivery period 13 Oct 2021 → 20 Dec 2021
Workshops and mentoring sessions 15 Oct 2021 → 31 Mar 2022
Diasporas Festival Mid-Late Sep 2022Acquittal Due 31 Sep 2022
Click here to download a preview of the form.
Feel free to use this budget template or attach your own budget plan.
If you have any enquiries please contact Ahead of the Curve Creative Producer, Jess Ibacache at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supported by The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.
Featured artwork: “Amanyi” (translates directly to “power” from Luganda) by Ree, from Submerged 2021.