Melbourne Fringe at the Bluestone Church Arts Space

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Applications for the 2021 Artsbox Artist-in-Residence Program are now closed. Applications for the 2022 program will open in March 2022 - subscribe to our Art Bytes newsletter for future updates on the program.  

Do you need a venue for your Fringe show? Maribyrnong Arts and Culture is offering free venue hire of the Bluestone Church Arts Space to independently produced shows by artists from the West for the 2021 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

If you are producing your own show and need a space to put your work on, the Bluestone Church Arts Space could be just the ticket. Selected artists are responsible for producing and marketing their own shows, including Fringe registrations, box office and technical operations – and will receive free venue hire and marketing support through Council’s channels while retaining all box office takings.

What Council will provide

Council provides the following to selected artists:

  • In-kind (free) use of the Bluestone Church Arts Space for 1-6 performance days with a maximum of 2 performances per day.
  • A dedicated Venue Manager, who will be a point of contact for selected artists and run the bar. Please note the Venue Manager is not contracted to provide tech and Front of House support, but this can be arranged for an additional fee.
  • Marketing support through Council's channels, including:
    • Art Bytes eNews (~800 subscribers)
    • Instagram (~1,500 followers)
    • Facebook (~2,500 followers)
    • Council's Arts and Culture website
    • Inclusion in Midsumma Westside promotions
  • Artists keep 100% of box office income, less any fees Melbourne Fringe Festival may charge (full details available on the website)
  • Basic lighting and sound setup, portable theatre drape system and HD web camera which may be shared by all the artists/shows throughout the Midsumma season (see technical details below for additional information).

Key dates

Expand the panel below to view key dates for the 2021 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

View the key dates

Date
Description
Tuesday 5 May
Bluestone Church Arts Space expressions of interest open
Monday 17 May
Melbourne Fringe registrations open
Tuesday 15 June
Bluestone Church Arts Space expressions of interest close
Tuesday 22 June
Applicants notified
Friday 25 June
Melbourne Fringe early bird registrations open
Friday 9 July
Melbourne Fringe early bird registrations close
Monday 9 August
Submission of marketing material to Council
Thursday 26 August
Melbourne Fringe Program Launch
Wednesday 22 to Wednesday 29 September
Venue available for dress rehearsal hire
Thursday 23 September
Mandatory venue induction
Thursday 20 September to Sunday 17 October
Melbourne Fringe Festival











Selection criteria

  • To support our growing local arts and culture community, artists who reside  or have a strong connection with the City of Maribyrnong will be given priority, as will those artists from neighbouring western municipalities.
  • Artists must be independent practitioners with the capacity to create, produce and market their own work.
  • Consideration will be given in the selection process to the principles and themes articulated in Maribyrnong City Council's Arts and Culture Strategy 2018 – 2023

Melbourne Fringe Guidelines

All applicants are must familiarise themselves with the Melbourne Fringe at the Bluestone Church Arts Space Guidelines(DOCX, 606KB) before applying.

2021 applications now closed

Applications for the 2021 Artsbox Artist-in-Residence Program are now closed. Applications for the 2022 program will open in March 2022 - subscribe to our Art Bytes newsletter for future updates on the program.