Council continues COVID-19 support for artists

Published on 11 January 2022

Two puppeteers with some playful and colourful puppets

A unique Nillumbik residency program is proving home is where the art is.

Thirteen home-grown artists have been selected to share in $30,000 in funding as part of the Nillumbik Artist in Own Residence Program.

Developed in response to the continuing challenges of COVID-19 for local arts, the culture economy, creatives and creative organisations; the program’s aim is to provide commission opportunities for Nillumbik artists and creatives from their own home, studio or unique space.

The program not only supports a range of innovative community-focused projects, but helps strengthen connections and boosts morale in difficult times.

Projects range from art exhibitions, installations and performances, to workshops in ceramics, landscape art, drawing and puppetry.

Mayor Frances Eyre said it was wonderful to see many fantastic artists in our community who want to work with and support the local community.

“There’s some really great projects, I’m so impressed by the breadth, strength and diversity of projects,” Cr Eyre said.

“It’s exciting on all accounts - exciting for artists who can expand their artistic practise within their community, exciting for the community as they can interact with new and emerging artists, and exciting for Council to build on these new relationships with local artists in 2022.”

Residencies have been selected according to their creative merit, ability to positively impact the community and contribution to an overall program that is diverse and vibrant.

Council is also supporting the additional costs associated with ensuring artists applying with a disability can successfully engage with the program and that the creative works are accessible for audiences with disability.

The 2021-22 commissioned artists are listed below. For details of each project go to



Project title

Puppet Workshops for People With Disability

Joanne Griggs

HEYOKA Theatre Group

Audio Project

Aiv Puglielli

Sculpted Voices: A Digital Nillumbik Community Collaboration in Audio

Art Exhibition

Tori Swedosh

Can You See the Beauty In It?

Art Exhibition

Chloe Vallance

Sit. Walk. Wonder

Ceramic Workshops

Sergei Shatrov - Clayworks Montsalvat

Clay Talk for Youth

Music Composition

Hana Zreikat

Sounds From Home- Research

Landscape Art Sessions for Young People and Exhibition

Melissa Paine

Looking Through A Different Eye (Nillumbik Landscape Art Project Youth)

Creative writing and a literary reading/performance

Kirsten Moore

I Have a Lot of Feelings - Memoir

Drawing Workshops

Angharad Neal-Williams

Drawing from your surroundings

Ceramics - community workshops

Danni Bryant

Clay Play Sessions

Photographic Art Exhibition

Chris Cook

Wildlife Community Exhibition

Contemporary Lace Installation

Lindy de Wijn

Peace Place Lace

Weaving - Installation

Clare Dwyer

Bloom Basket


Heyoka Theatre Project - Jo Griggs, Adam Griggs at The Jester’s workshop, Montsalvat

Photographer: Ruben Griggs, 2022.