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Barking Spider Visual Theatre Inc.

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About Us


Our purpose is to enable the sharing of stories - and to create the platforms for their telling.

Stories can come from communities, from individuals, from the young and from the old. Stories can also be shared from beyond the grave - through objects, sites, geography and through collections & histories.

Established in 2006, Barking Spider Visual Theatre is a Melbourne-based arts company. Their works transform the way people experience the familiar and encounter the unfamiliar - in museums, galleries, theatres, communities, schools, festivals, residencies and workshops.

Stories are the grease in the wheel of our humanity. Stories are what set us aside from any other species: From stories we grow, we learn, we imagine - and we empathise.

“Extraordinarily imaginative and evocative creation” – Michael Brindley, Stage Whispers

“Highly evocative and imaginative” Myron My, Theatre Press

“This is theatre that reminds you of the power and pleasure, and communal experience, of a great shared story” Sara Bannister, Stage Whispers

Established in 2006, Barking Spider Visual Theatre is an Australian-based arts company creating cross-platform work. Our purpose is to develop and create theatrical stories through a combination of art forms including puppetry, sound design, installation, live art and percussion. Our mission is to interpret history and place, as well as community and individual narratives, through remarkable visual theatre that is the outcome of a collaborative creative process between audiences and artists. In this way, BSVT creates platforms for the stories of others to be heard. We generate beautiful, lyrical and powerful events that challenge people’s perspective of theatre and of life.

Barking Spider Visual Theatre transforms the way people experience the familiar and encounter the unfamiliar - in museums, galleries, theatres, communities, schools, festivals, residencies and workshops. We have a philosophy and strategy of working with young people and communities as collaborators and equal innovators in the majority of works across our entire programme.

Our achievements 2015-6 Financial Year


We have kept developing relationships with existing partners & presenters:

City of Boroondara, Boroondara Community Outreach, Whittlesea Festival, ArtPLay, Heide Museum, Heritage Hill Museum, Hawthorn Arts Centre, Incinerator Gallery, Fitzroy High School, Regional Arts Victoria, City of Darebin, Melbourne Night Market, City of Moreland, Monash University Student Theatre, Black Hole Theatre, Wild at Heart, Slack Taxi, City of Greater Dandenong, Fairfax Festival, Roola Boola Children’s Art Festival, Museums Victoria, Museums Australia, ABC Radio National, Nillumbik Shire Council, Spensley Street Primary School, Fairfax festival, Whitehorse Spring Festival, Kew Courthouse, Australian National Academy of Music, Moomba Festival and La Mama Theatre.

 We have new relationships with: National Wool Museum, Whitenight Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, City of Banyule, Ballarat Foto Biennale, Lisa Anderson & Shinyshinyworld and The Johnston Collection, Punctum, Ararat Performing Arts Centre, Fintona Girls School, Colac Performing Arts Centre, Arts Access Victoria, Drama Victoria, City of Wyndham, Werribee RSL and Pdeter mac Cancer Institute.

 EVENT COUNT: We have generated and presented 207 events


Adults – 34,790

Young people – 33,511

(*excluding radio audiences, national and international)


 REACH States: Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland – including regional tours and metropolitan/city work. International: Les Meduses, France and presentation at the Museums Australasia Conference, New Zealand.

AWARD: Finalist in the SES International Playwriting Prize

Awards, Sponsors and Supporters


Dome Centenary Fellowship, State Library of Victoria, 2013

MAGNA Award 2015 – with  The State Library of Victoria 

MAGNA Award 2014 - with Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

MAGNA Award 2013 - with the National Museum of Australia

Finalist in the SES International Playwriting Prize 2016

Handspan Visual Theatre Travelling Scholarship

R.E. Ross Playwright's script Development Award

Friends of The VCA



Myles AV

Ere Perez

Bubble Pack

Australian College of hair Design and Beauty

Chinese Melbourne Daily

Magnum IP Legal Services

VISY Specialties


The Johnston Collection

Heide Museum of Modern Art

ABC Radio National

City of Boroondara

State Library of Victoria

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Albury LibraryMuseum

Ian Potter Foundation

Regional Arts Victoria 

Creative Victoria

City of Melbourne

City of Wyndham

Sidney Myer Foundation

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Australia Council

Auspicious Arts Incubator

Fitzroy High School

Theatre Works

La Mama Theatre

Monash University Student Theatre


Sarah Walker Photography

Iolanthe Gabrie

Lisa Anderson & Shinyshiny World

Melbourne Athenaeum Library

Black Hole Theatre

Kyoko Imazu

Boroondara Community Outreach

New Model Beauty Queen

Preston Zly

Plus so many collaborating artists it's no funny.....
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Barking Spider Visual 6 Creek Parade
Victoria 3070