MAV projects are dynamic spaces of artistic development, community capacity building, and platforms for commentary and expression. Here you can find our current and past projects.
From 30 Jun 2021
Diasporas is created for, by and with diverse creatives as an artistic intervention to increase visibility, participation and equity in the arts towards a new arts ecology. More than a festival, Diasporas holds space for the interrogation and development of arts and cultural practice with diverse artists and communities. Diasporas is a springboard for building culture, connection and knowledge and a training ground for the next generation of producers, designers, technicians, and creatives.
From 19 Jul 2021
The Ahead of the Curve Commissions was a call out for young and emerging artists of colour living around Melbourne, to create new digital artworks that responded to social challenges, including COVID-19.
From 11 Aug 2021
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.
From 5 Dec 2021
MAV’s latest program NEWPRINT is all about supporting young artists of colour living in outer urban and regional areas.
Mon 14 Mar 2022 - Fri 6 May 2022
The newest season of UpClose takes place in Darebin and features amazing local artists: Karina Lehman (Chile), Camille El Feghali (Lebanon), Sarita McHarg (India), and The New Monos (Argentina). Their music performances were filmed at Preston Market where aromas, languages, and cultures from all around the world meet. Harmonic Whale’s production team did a fantastic job capturing 2 songs per artist with a total of 8 music videos which will be released weekly from 16 March 2022 to celebrate Harmony Week. The Upclose program is an online live music video channel presenting intimate performances and interviews with culturally diverse Victorian singer-songwriters with the purpose of creating high-quality video content that supports the artist’s career.
Sun 6 Mar 2022 - Sun 5 Jun 2022
In Situ is a series of art installations, performances, gatherings, and events co-designed and programmed by local artists into public spaces across Dandenong, Noble Park, and Springvale from March – June 2022. Every activation is produced with the purpose to elevate and spotlight the strengths and creativity of diverse communities across the City of Greater Dandenong. Through the exchange of story, values, and creative practices across multiple artforms. Community method making and cultural design are at the core of its program delivery.
Sun 16 May 2021 - Thu 16 Sep 2021
Over the past seven months many artists and residents within the nine towers have been busy creating new digital works for Shelter 2 – a second edition of MAV’s innovative commissions program responding to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19 for culturally diverse artists and communities.
Mon 29 Mar 2021 - Mon 17 May 2021
UpClose is a new online music video showcase presenting intimate performances and interviews with culturally diverse Victorian singer-songwriters.
Wed 24 Feb 2021 - Sun 25 Apr 2021
Submerged is a new collaborative exhibition commissioned by MAV, featuring digital artworks by two women of colour living in the regional Victorian town of Shepparton, Mimi Leung and Ree.
Wed 2 Dec 2020 - Thu 28 Jan 2021
As with most arts offerings in 2020, Mapping Melbourne has had to reimagine itself in the context of COVID-19, adapting to new and ever changing conditions for public events.
Mon 31 Aug 2020 - Sat 14 May 2022
“A healthy food culture includes a large mix of different cultures and traditions…and foods that are created with love and shared with others” – Agoness Kuol
Sun 12 Jul 2020 - Mon 16 Nov 2020
Presenting 44 artworks by Victorian culturally diverse artists and artists of colour who have taken part in Shelter 2020.
Wed 17 Jun 2020 - Sat 27 Mar 2021
It’s on your streets. It’s on your screens. It’s a group of women, femmes and gender diverse artists of colour speaking back to the racist patriarchal nonsense they experience with fire, wit and imagination.
Thu 21 Nov 2019 - Sat 23 Nov 2019
An eclectic showcase of South Asian performing arts.
Wed 30 Oct 2019 - Sun 8 Dec 2019
Mapping Melbourne creates new perspectives, new possibilities and new expressions through a series of intercultural, multi-artform events in the heart of Melbourne.
Fri 18 Oct 2019 - Sat 19 Oct 2019
Arts | Music | Conversations. Inspired and curated by artists who challenge the mainstream daily.