Flourish Arts Recovery Grants Program

The 2020 FLOURISH: Arts Recovery Grant was a highly competitive round with 145 eligible applications being received. Requests totalled over $976,850.00. As a result, council approved an additional $110,000 in funding to provide a total budget pool of approximately $216,000.

We would like to congratulate the following local artists and arts organisation in receiving 2020 Flourish Arts Recovery Grants.

Alana Holmberg: Porch Diaries (Exhibition)
Blakademy - Blak Dot Gallery: Around the Fire (Blakademy Public Program 2020-2021)
Bunk Puppets: Organisational Funding - Company diversification and core planning
Dylan Martorell: Sonaflora Field Guide (Interactive Experience)
Eddie Botha Creations: Fawkner Bowls Club Community Mural
Fleur Murphy: Research and development of a new play script, The Fence
GalleryGalleryInc: Inside Out Projection Window (Exhibition)
Jade Imagine: Recoding of their second album
James Ruse: Untitled short film project
Jazzlab: Jazzlab Digital Corona Sessions (Pilot program)
Joel Ma: Development of Joelistics Presents Film School into a live performance and short film
June Lamb: Creation of Video clip for Home, the 3rd single off June Jones' upcoming album release
Kate Lefoe: Development of an online LGBTIQ community for Wicked Women web series
Lemony S Puppet Theatre: Open design process & puppetry workshops
Melbourne Minute: Melbourne lo-fi hip hop radio
Melbourne Sound School: Sound School - Watch and Learn Program
Merlo Art Collective: People on the Streets (Exhibition)
Milk Records Pty Ltd: Organisational Funding - Supporting Moreland based recording artists at Milk Records
Nicola Castle: The Alt-Right Addiction (Film)
NOIR Darkroom: Organisational Funding - Supporting Exhibiting Moreland Artists at NOIR
Norm Warehouse: Organisational Funding - Supporting Moreland Artists at NORM Warehouse
Pink Ember Studio: Pink Ember Workshops Series
Riot Stage: Everyone Is Famous (short film)
Roosevelt Street Studios Inc: Organisational Funding - Supporting Moreland Artists at Roosevelt Street Studios
Simon Aubor: Moreland: 23/03/2020 to xx/xx/xxxx (Photographic project)
Stephanie Lake Company: Creation of new work, Manifesto (Dance)
TCB Art Inc: Mulana - First Nations Residency Programme
The Listies: SMELLOVISION! Filmclips for forthcoming comedy album for children
The Wandering Room: 2021 Solo Exhibition Program
Varuni Kanagasundaram: Messages That Link Us (Kolam Ritual Drawing)

The Moreland City Council Plan 2017 - 2021 and the Arts and Culture Strategy 2017 - 2022 both aim to 'strengthen and invest in the significant creative sector in Moreland and enhance its standing as a destination for the arts'. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Australian arts and culture sector, with local artists and arts organisations reporting considerable financial hardship due to event cancellations and loss of income. Moreland City Council recognises the challenges the sector is currently facing and established the Flourish: Arts Recovery Grants as a once-off grant program to support the local sector during this crisis. These grants were designed to help the arts and culture sector of Moreland flourish.


• To support local artists and arts organisations to survive the impacts of COVID-19
• To strengthen the capacity of local artists and arts organisations to develop and deliver quality recovery projects for the wider community
• To support the local arts ecology in navigating new models of engagement
• To build connection and engagement through community led arts and cultural activities
• To support and encourage more people to engage with arts and culture in Moreland

Grant Categories:

• Individual Artists (Up to $5,000) - for individuals, sole traders and freelancers
• Arts Organisations (up to $10,000) - for collectives, ensembles and not-for-profit businesses