Art in the Time of COVID-19

Photo of an artist in their studio, drawing on a large piece of paper with charcoal

Nillumbik Shire Council is proud to support its vibrant arts and cultural community through the Art in the Time of COVID-19 program.

In May 2020, artists of all mediums were invited to apply for employment opportunities in three streams: 

  • Art in the Time of COVID-19
  • Written in the Time of COVID-19
  • Live Streaming in the Time of COVID-19

Council received 356 applications from artists both locally and across the country. This underscores the appeal of the program and the great need within the arts sector during the pandemic.

Art commissions

Council commissioned 40 local and national artists to create new artworks for Art in the Time of COVID-19 in a variety of mediums. These include painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, textile, sculpture, installation and video.

Local category artists

  • Elisabeth Bromley-Kulugitago
  • Michelle Caithness and Clive Murray-White
  • Jonathan Crowther
  • Karena Goldfinch
  • Lana de Jager
  • Carl de Jager
  • Siri Hayes
  • Emmy Mavroidis
  • James McMurtrie
  • Angela Nagel
  • Mandy Ord
  • Camilla Tadich
  • Ronak Taher
  • Melisa Savickas
  • Tara Stubley
  • Jennifer Dellaportas
  • Peter Wegner
  • Gali Weiss

Open category artists

  • Dale Collier
  • Jane Crappsley
  • Fan Dongwang
  • Minna Gilligan
  • Tyler Grace
  • Michelle Hamer
  • Spencer Harrison
  • Paul Kalemba
  • Robbie Karmel
  • Deb Mcfadzean
  • Anna McDermott
  • Valentina Palonen
  • Jenny Pollak,
  • Zorica Purlija
  • Greer Townshend
  • Luigi Vescio
  • James Voller and Joel Zika
  • Liz Walker
  • Yu Fang Chi

Written in the Time of COVID-19

Council invited writers to create new short texts that responded to the theme ‘Written in the Time of COVID-19’. 

Close to 200 submissions were received and the selection panel chose 20 short texts to be reproduced as temporary stencilled artworks on Nillumbik’s trails and walkways.

Visit the stencil locations

The stenciled artworks are in the following locations:

  • Diamond Creek Trail, Eltham North (near Edendale car park & towards the adventure playground)
  • Lower trails adjacent to Wittingham Circuit, Greensborough (between the library and the bypass)
  • Diamond Creek Reserve at Watkins St, Diamond Creek Trail
  • Caledonia St, St Andrews, paved pathway section to south-west of the Community Centre
  • Graysharps Rd Footpath, Hurstbridge (near the station carpark)

Live Streamed in the Time of COVID-19

Council invited artists of all mediums to submit an application to host live-streamed arts and cultural events.

This led to LIVE JULY, a program of 36 live-streamed events featuring 47 artists. The program was hosted on the Nillumbik Arts Facebook channel in July 2020.

The live-steamed events included performances of classical piano, singer-songwriter sets, jazz, photography workshops, music lessons, screen writing, etching and tours of artist’s studios.

View the live stream recordings

You can watch the live stream event recordings at Nillumbik Arts on Facebook.

Read the Live Streamed in the Time of COVID-19 (LIVE JULY) program(PDF, 6MB)