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Arts in Greater Dandenong

Arts in Greater Dandenong

Arts Opportunities

The City of Greater Dandenong offers a range of opportunities for artists of all types living or working in the municipality. Whether emerging or professional there are many ways artists can be supported for work they create for our community.

The City of Greater Dandenong also provides opportunities for local community organisations with an arts, cultural development or heritage focus. We encourage the vital role they play in cultural richness of our community.



9 by 5 Exhibition

The Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre’s 9 by 5 Exhibition has become a nationally recognised art event that celebrates diversity within the arts community. Artists from around Australia present their creativity on nine by five inch panels in a wide variety of styles.

This long-standing exhibition, celebrating its 15th year in 2020. We invite you to be part of the exhibition. 

Click the button below to get your art board. Please submit your work to Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre by Friday 20 November for inclusion in the exhibition.

Click here to download the Terms and Conditions

Get your art boards

Please telephone the Walker Street Gallery on (03) 9706 8441 to order your 9 by 5 art boards. Council staff will take you through the payment process with you over the phone.

How to return your works

Please post your completed works to Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, PO Box 200, Dandenong VIC 3175

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 presently there has been significant delays in postal deliveries. Please keep this in mind when it comes time to ordering and returning the boards.

Click here for more exhibition information

My-Vid – Calling for performers

While the Drum Theatre is temporarily closed to audiences, the theatre team is offering the stage and our expertise to enable artists to create high quality live performance videos in this call-out.

It is a way of assisting our artists to still reach audiences, build a community of practice and enhance your professional profile.

This opportunity is open to performers with performance-ready material. All works must be original and any backing tracks must be your own creative property.

The selected performer/s will receive editing support, and recording support on our stage with professional sound and lighting (Filming at the theatre is subject to COVID-19 restrictions, and will only progress with full compliance of the regulations in force at the time.)

For more information please contact Billy Kelleher, Theatre & Public Programs Officer. Email or phone 8571 1630.

Applications close on Tuesday 20 October.

Click here to download the Terms and Conditions.

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Flora Exhibition - Call for Artists

The City of Greater Dandenong invites interested artists to submit works for inclusion in the Flora Exhibition in 2021. Flora will explore and capture the importance, fragility and beauty of plants and nature, particularly native flora.

Flora will include various exhibitions and installations across Greater Dandenong including the Walker Street Gallery and Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens. The exhibition will be open from 25 March to 1 May. 

The exhibition at Heritage Hill will be open entry and all artists are encouraged to submit works that fit the theme for inclusion in the exhibition. If you are interested in including your work in the Flora exhibition at Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, please read the terms and conditions and submit your application here. 

Entries close on Monday 22 February 2021.

Click here to download the Terms and Conditions

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Get Creative Facilitators - Expression of Interest

The City of Greater Dandenong runs four terms of creative programs every year. We pay casual rates in line with industry standards and will cover the cost of all supplies. Classes can take place in one of our many facilities including Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, Drum Theatre, Dandenong Library or Springvale Library. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic all workshops will be run online.

Previous classes we have offered have included ceramics, life drawing, botanical fabric dying, garden tours, filmmaking, contemporary dance and poetry but we are interested in providing our community the widest range possible of participation opportunities so we are open to any art form. If you are interested in facilitating creative workshops, we would like to hear your ideas.

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Stay tuned for upcoming Artist in Residence program and Short Cuts Film Festival 2020 callout, or email should you have any questions. 




Writer In Residency

The City of Greater Dandenong’s Writer in Residence program provides a unique opportunity to explore and develop the craft of writing in a creative and supportive environment.

The Writer in Residency program supports writers at all stages of their career and is available to writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.

All types and genres of storytelling are considered, including children’s literature, script and screenwriting for stage, radio, television and film, and podcasts.

The selected applicant/s will work closely with Greater Dandenong Libraries for the duration of the residency, with a workshop, online offering or other community engagement activity developed, if appropriate and agreeable.

The successful applicants will be provided with

  • Honorarium of $1000
  • Mentoring opportunities through access to other artists, Council staff
  • Opportunities for integration into Council programming
  • Digital facilitation opportunities (if appropriate) through an evolving online digital platform
  • Marketing and Promotion through Council’s digital platforms

Residency dates

The residency will operate for a duration of 8 weeks from Monday 31 August – Monday 26 October 2020.


Selected writer/s are able to conduct this residency remotely from their home, or studio.

Artist Requirements

  • Artists are required to visually document their residency, and actively promote their residency appropriately through social media or relevant digital platforms
  • Artist/ are required to deliver a workshop, online offering or other community engagement activity, if appropriate and agreeable
  • Agree to the terms & conditions of the residency (see annexure A)
  • Have current public liability insurance to the value of $20,000,000
  • Have a current working with children check
  • Artists are required to complete a short evaluation at the conclusion of each residency

For more information please contact: Greer Davis, Arts and Culture Officer, 8571 5141 or 0466 395 739.

Applications closed on Sunday 30 August 2020

Click here to download the Terms and Conditions

Atmospherics - A Sound-based Artist Residency

Applications are now open for a new sound-based artist residency.

Responding to the intrinsic relationship between nature and sound, this residency opportunity offers a unique experience for artists working in sound, composition, voice or music of all genres. 

Selected artists will receive financial, technical, and administrative support, along with dedicated facilities for rehearsing, recording, and performing new works that expand the field of sound art or music.

The residency is site specific and will respond to the environment in and around Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve, a valuable educational and cultural resource, where the environmental heritage of the local area is preserved for everyone to experience and enjoy.

The residency will take place between Monday 3 August  and Monday 19 October 2020.

Applications closed on Sunday 26 July.

Download the terms and conditions

Community Support Grants Program - Arts, Festivals and Events

Council's bi-annual Arts, Festivals and Events grants have now reopened. This grant is part of the Community Support Grants Program to support festivals, events and art projects that activate public spaces, build community connection and cross-cultural exchange.

Applications close on Monday 22 June.

Click here to visit the Community Grants Programs page for more information

Remote Artist in Residency (rAiR)

Click here to follow up the current residency program.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on Australia’s cultural life – and specifically on artists, many of whom are facing unexpected income loss. In response to this, and the current environment, The City of Greater Dandenong is offering a remote artist in residency to an artist/s affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Remote Artist in Residency (rAiR) program will offer a paid opportunity for artist/s to develop their artistic practice, from their home or designated studio space. Outcomes from the RAiR will contribute to a group exhibition within Heritage Hill, alongside a digital exhibition/gallery.

Artists working in all mediums are invited to apply, including, but not limited to: visual artists, sculptors, painters, illustrators; writers, musicians or other performance artists, sound and or multimedia artists, video, installation or performance artists, craft or textile artists.

Three artists will be selected to participate in the Remote Artist in Residency Program. The upcoming residency slot is mid-April 2020 - mid-May 2020.

Download the Remote Artist in Residency (rAiR) Terms and Conditions.

For enquiries, please email or phone 0466 395 739.

Applications closed on Sunday 19 April.

Landmark Public Art Commission for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Artist, Collective or Designer

The City of Greater Dandenong is looking for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to deliver an artwork that incorporates a fire pit in the heart of the new Springvale Community Precinct. Council are looking for a culturally sensitive artist or team to consider and be informed by local knowledge and culture to create a space that is complimentary to the local Springvale precinct environment. Three applicants will be shortlisted based on the expressions of interest. The shortlisted artists will receive $2,500 artist fee to prepare a detailed concept. The successful artist will be selected from the shortlisted artists to deliver the project with a commission value of $75,000.

Read more information about this Artists' opportunity

Expressions of Interest closed on Saturday 29 February 2020.

9 by 5 Exhibition

Walker Street Gallery's 9 by 5 Exhibition has become a nationally recognised event that celebrates diversity within the arts community. The exhibition, on display from 5 December to 21 December, will highlight works created by artists of all levels, experiences and styles on panels measuring nine by five inches. Artists and aspiring artists from around Australia are invited to tap into their creativity on 9 by 5 inch panels with all entries exhibited and available for sale.

Entries closed on Wednesday 27 November 2019.

Exhibition Call Out: Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens

The City of Greater Dandenong is seeking applications from artists, community groups and community agencies who are interested in staging community based exhibitions in 2019.

A community based exhibition typically features exhibitions of artworks that celebrate belonging and participation in the community.

Applications closed.

Exhibition Call Out: Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre 

Are you an artist or an organisation who would like to stage an exhibition at Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre in 2020? Proposals are now being sought.

Applications closed Monday 28 October 2019.  

HOME 2020 

HOME is a national arts program curated by the City of Greater Dandenong. Culminating in an exhibition at Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre in July 2020, HOME will include a series of workshops and opportunities throughout the first half of 2020. Artists who are seeking asylum or have a refugee background are invited to apply to participate in HOME.

HOME aims to recognise and nurture artists who recently arrived in Australia and those who have established a new life in Australia. HOME provides opportunities to develop professional pathways in the creative arts sector in Australia.

Expressions of Interest closed on midnight Monday 10 February 2020.

Short Cuts Film Festival

Short Cuts celebrates the arts, community life and creative storytelling, by providing an artistic platform for local community members, emerging artists and accomplished professionals to share their story.

Our Beat - Design Competition

The Drum Theatre is running a design competition for creative, bold and visually appealing posters featuring the letters 'D R U M' to hang as part of the monthly event Our Beat.

Winners will be awarded a cash prize of $350 and have their work placed on display in the Drum Theatre foyer.

There is no criteria for the style. As long as it is a set of four poster images that feature the letters 'D R U M' – one letter on each poster respectively. We do encourage you to take creative and high-quality images and be as creative as you wish. Pre-fabricated image sets will also be considered. Images can also be photography, painting and other art forms.

Submissions closed 13 February 2020.

Download the 'D R U M' poster template (PDF) 

Complete the online EOI form

Women of Greater Dandenong Photography Prize

The City of Greater Dandenong is running a photography competition for images of women contributing in Greater Dandenong. The photographs must feature a woman or women who live or work in Greater Dandenong. We encourage you to take creative images which reflect the city's diversity.

Seven winners will be selected by a panel of arts and council professionals. Winners will be awarded a cash prize of $500 and have their work exhibited at the Garnar Lane Display Boxes.

Read and dowload the Selection Criteria and Terms and Conditions

Learn more about the Garnar Lane Display Boxes

Submissions closed midnight Sunday 16 February 2020.

For more information, please email