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2020 THRIVE Creative Grants successful recipients announced

THRIVE Creative Grants are a City of Port Phillip and Arts Access Victoria Grant partnership providing funding for deaf and Disabled artists to present art projects in the City of Port Phillip.

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THRIVE Creative Grants is a brand-new program that aims to assist and encourage Victorian Deaf and Disabled artists to:

  • develop professional skills and realise creative projects in the City of Port Phillip.
  • increase the diversity of individuals accessing Council’s arts programs and processes.

The THRIVE assessment panel consisted of six people; two Council officers from the Arts and Creative Industries team and one from the Office of the CEO, and three professional disabled artists.

The four successful projects are:

Artist: Samsara Dunston     

Project Title: The Emerald Hill Coffee Palace  – Podcast

A small series of short form podcasts episodes inspired by the history of Temperance Hall on Napier Street. Episodes will revolve around people and places impacted by the Hall and play on the concept of coffee palaces which were an outcome of the Temperance movement.

Artist: Heidi Everett   

Project Title: Qualia – Short film

Qualia will bring together four disabled/deaf performance artists and an experienced diverse community film maker to devise and create a short documentary/drama film conveying under-represented human rights aberrations in our public psych wards.

Artist: Joe Monteleone 

Project Title: Iconic Landmarks of the Emerald Hill precinct – visual art

A series of six prints showcasing and celebrating iconic landmarks of the Emerald Hill precinct – such as the South Melbourne Market and other historic buildings – while also helping the wider public to gain awareness of the deafblind world.

Artist: Adam Knapper   

Project Title: Self Portraits – public art

An exhibition of portraits (drawings) on the windows of Arts Access Victoria at 222 Bank Street South Melbourne. The Portrait Project will involve drawings portraits of Deaf and Disabled artists who live in the City of Port Phillip.

Split warrior 2019

Image: Split Warrior by Adam Knapper, 2019.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Council Officers and Arts Access Victoria staff will be working closely with THRIVE recipients to support the delivery of projects, including project amendments if required.


For more information, please please visit the Council’s website or contact the Community Cultural Development Officer:

Phone: 03 9209 6530

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