MAV advocates for the development and promotion of diverse creatives and artwork practices. Find out about our current projects, events, and news.
From 5 Dec 2021
MAV’s latest program NEWPRINT is all about supporting young artists of colour living in outer urban and regional areas.
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 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 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.
Thu 18 Aug 2022 - Sat 20 Aug 2022
Conquest of the Garden is an interdisciplinary and experimental new dance work by Melbourne based Choreographer Nebahat Erpolat. The work takes inspiration from Forough Farrakhzad, a feminist poet whose work in 1950’s Iran was seen as highly transgressive as a result of its criticism of the position of women in Iranian society. Nebahat Erpolat, Hellen Sky, Sahra Davoodi and Victoria Chui perform in this intercultural and intergenerational work, exploring the central ideas from Farrakhzad’s poem, subscribing these onto the moving body, uncovering the transgressive power of poetry and dance to underpin connection across cultures. Farrakhzad’s poetry presents urgent questions about women’s roles in our society and centers women’s subjective voices as architects of their own lived experience. The melding of artistic forms through poetry, dance and sound enable experimentation with own voices, and a powerful reclamation of female identity to explore the multiplicities and complexities of Middle Eastern women’s identity.
Thu 25 Aug 2022
MAV and Cinespace are excited to present an in person POC Filmmakers Networking Night! Celebrating the diverse voices of Australian film, Multicultural Filmmakers Networking Night is a chance to hear from, meet and chat with your local Naarm community of filmmakers of colour.
Wed 4 May 2022
The MAV Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Miller and Zii Nzira as Co-CEOs until the end of 2022. Andy has been acting in the role since the departure of our former CEO Veronica Pardo. Andy has a proven track record of arts management and has been a steady hand over the past months in guiding the organisation while we looked for a new CEO. Zii has been a board member for the past year and comes to us from a background in project management in government and private sector. He also runs his own music business and has been a founder of the Black Music Alliance Australia. He has a proven track record in leading and engaging with anti-racism, racial justice and cultural equity frameworks, reflecting both professional and lived experience. The appointment of Zii acts on the Board’s commitment to be a leader in the arts and multicultural sector. The CO-CEO appointments will be until the end of the year, while the Board undertakes an assessment of the recruitment process to appoint a long-term CEO from 2023 onwards. The Board thanks Andy and Zii for their enthusiasm to share the CEO role. Zii will officially take up the Co-CEO role on Monday 30 May 2022.
Tue 8 Feb 2022
MAV’s digital community, its platforms and presence are growing, and we are seeking a sharp, creative and detail-oriented Social Media Assistant to join our MAV Team, part-time.
Wed 1 Dec 2021
Duniya Behter's workshop program focuses on the development of creative skills and self-expression. It’s all about building the creative workforce of now and the future. Through young people telling stories of their culture and their lived experience through digital works like podcasts, memes, Instagram reels, Tik Tok videos, short films, spoken word, music etc.
Tue 30 Nov 2021
Are you a young culturally diverse, person of colour 15 -30 years living in Bendigo? Do you have a story to tell and ideas to share about your experiences of the last 2 years living in a pandemic?
Sun 31 Oct 2021
Are you an influencer, a strategic leader? Is this you?
Mon 18 Oct 2021
Veronica has been instrumental in the development of MAV’s role as a change agent in the sector, with the design of resources for cultural equity that have enabled radical new conversations across our sector.