Artist Opportunities

In the Time of COVID-19

Image Courtesy The Rebel Bear and Crawford Jolly.jpg

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all, and disrupted the connections and interactions that are integral to everyday life and the pursuit of arts and cultural activities. The arts sector has been amongst the hardest hit by the rapid economic shutdowns and important social distancing measures put in place to mitigate these extremely challenging circumstances.

In response to this, Council is releasing a series of ‘In the Time of COVID-19' employment opportunities for artists that are aimed at engaging artists in doing what they do best - responding to the world around them.

These programs will have a twofold effect: providing paid opportunities to local artists and the wider sector, and delivering high quality artistic outcomes to the Nillumbik community that are accessible through current restrictions and speak to this incredibly unique time in history.

[Image courtesy of The Rebel Bear and Crawford Jolly]


Live Streamed in the Time of COVID-19

Council is inviting artists to submit an application to host live streamed arts and/or cultural events. The events can feature any art form – for example, music, dance, painting demonstration, art workshop, discussion, theatre, studio tour, literary reading, puppet show. Let your imagination fly free.

  • An artist fee of $250 will be paid for each event.

Please read the creative brief and best practice guide (links below) before lodging your application.

Click here to apply

Applications open 1 May and close 24 May 2020. 

For more information please contact Sarah Hammond or Ali Griffin on (03) 9433 3111.


Art in the Time of COVID-19

Artists are invited to apply for visual arts commissions to produce work in any medium that responds to the theme ‘Art in the Time of COVID-19'. Successful commissions will be exhibited along with Nillumbik Shire Council’s major collection exhibition at Montsalvat, Eltham, in September 2020.

  • Commissions of $2,500 each will be offered in the local category (open only to artists that live, work, play or study in Nillumbik Shire).
  • Commissions of $5,000 each will be offered to artists across Australia (Nillumbik Shire locals are also welcome to apply in this category).

Please read the creative brief (link below) before lodging your application.

Click here to apply

Applications open 1 May and close 24 May.

For more information please contact Emma Mayall on (03) 9433 3131.


Written in the Time of COVID-19

Writers are invited to submit up to four very short texts (up to 100 words or 10 lines) for consideration for a unique public text project responding to COVID-19 and its impacts. The selected pieces will be reproduced as stencilled texts on pathways throughout Nillumbik, creating a connection with walking, an increasingly important activity in this time of social distancing.

  • Writers will receive a fee of $250 for each selected work and there’ll be an additional ‘prize’ for the work deemed the ‘people’s choice’ using social media.

Please read the creative brief (link below) before lodging your application.

Click here to apply

Applications open 1 May and close 24 May 2020.

For more information please contact Richard Holt on (03) 9433 3111.


Seeking Digital Content Creatives

Exciting Opportunity for Digital Content Creatives.

Nillumbik Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from digital content creatives to develop a digital version of the Nillumbik Heritage Guide. 

The publication will be hosted by Council’s website and we are envisioning an interactive pdf or an E Book, but are open to other suggestions.

Please download the creative brief from the related links below before lodging your application.

Expressions of Interest close 7 June 11.59pm

For more information, please contact Council’s Community Arts & Cultural Engagement Officer on (03) 9433 3111 or