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Nexus 2018 applications open


Aug 31 to 
Sep 21 2018

Nexus is a new professional development program for young artists with lived experience of mental health recovery.

  • Applications open from 31 August 2018 to 21 September 2018.
  • Workshops will be held every Friday for eight weeks from 1pm to 4pm starting Friday 12 October 2018 and finishing Friday 30 November 2018 at Arts Access Victoria – 222 Bank Street, South Melbourne.
  • This program is specifically for people with experience of mental health diversity who are resident in Victoria. You must be available to attend all the sessions.

Arts Access Victoria (AAV) is delighted to announce the inaugural Nexus professional development program. This eight-week program offers twelve fully subsidised places for Victorian artists and creatives aged between 18 and 27 years who identify with mental health recovery.

Led by lived experience artist and producer Heidi Everett and AAV’s creative producer Phil Noack, Nexus will cover essential themes in contemporary arts practice, including:

  • Awesome guest speaker/motivators from some of Melbourne’s best arts producers
  • Building your profile – and how your lived experience can be one of your greatest assets
  • Developing confidence in your artistic voice
  • Connecting in with arts industry and people
  • Building support for your creative projects and aspirations
  • All those questions about getting ‘out there’

The structure of the program includes both group and one-on-one sessions, with lots of interactive learning and opportunity for practice placements. Artists will also have the opportunity to co-design elements of the program to suit their particular needs and interests.

How to apply

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 21 September 2018.

Download the expression of interest form (Word, 32KB) and the A4 flyer (PDF 308.81KB).

For more information and to apply contact Heidi Everett on 86406018 or at [email protected].

The Arts Access Victoria Nexus team will be reviewing applications in the last week of September and advising applicants shortly thereafter.


 Media releases

March 13 2018, Mobile art studio creates space for artists with disability

Feb 13 2018, A new national platform for inclusive arts

Nov 20 2017, Artist challenges perceptions of sex work and disability

Nov 1 2017, Nebula art open studio strengthens pride of place

Oct 17 2017, Making zines to advocate for art in NDIS plans


May 2018: Newsletter

April 2018: Newsletter

March 2018: Newsletter

Feb 2018: Newsletter

Dec 2017: Extra news bulletin

Dec 2017: Newsletter

Nov 2017: Newsletter

Oct 2017: Newsletter

AAV program flyers 

ArtFinderFlyerA5forprint 1 ArtAboutFlyerA5 1 ConnectingtheDotsA5links ArtStopA52018 V3 1 72
EchoCollectiveFlyerA5 1 NimbusFlyerA5 72 SRSStudiosA52018 173  


Downloadable flyers

ARTfinder A5

Echo Collective A5

Art About A5

Nimbus A5

Connecting the Dots A5

SRS Studios A5

Artstop A5

For printed copies of AAV program flyers please contact [email protected]

Feature articles in the media

May 4 2018, Legacy of Stella Young acknowledged through arts award, by Nicole Pope for Disability Support Guide

March 26 2018, Exec Director resigns to make statement for change, by Andrea Simpson for ArtsHub

March 5 2018, Is your arts organisation truly accessible? by Andrea Simpson for ArtsHub

Nov 27 2017, Make art a priority in your NDIS plan, by Andrea Simpson for ArtsHub


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