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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.


2016-7 Financial Year 

We have kept developing relationships with existing partners & presenters:

The Johnston Collection, The National Wool Museum, Museums Australia, Museums Victoria, ArtPLay, Regional Arts Victoria, City of Darebin, City of Boroondara, City of Moreland, City of Wyndham, City of Greater Dandenong, Nillumbik Shire Council, Hume City Council, Boroondara Community Outreach, Fitzroy High School, QV Winter Night Market, Monash University Student Theatre, Black Hole Theatre, Arts Access Victoria, Wild at Heart, and La Mama Theatre.

We have new relationships with:Bendigo International Festival of Experimental Music, Paramatta Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Port Fairy Winter festival, City of Glen Eira,

EVENT COUNT: We have generated and presented 133 events




 REACH States: Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia – including regional tours and metropolitan/city work.

AWARDS: Shortlisted for two 2017 MAGNA Awards

  • House of Dreams - with The Johnston Collection
  • Home: Art Exploration and Installation - with Glen Eira Gallery

 Awards, Funders & Supporters, In-kind supporters, Private donors 


  • MAGNA Award shortlisted nominee x 2 – with The Johnston Collection and Glen Eira Gallery 2017
  • Finalist in the SES International Playwriting Prize 2016
  • 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
  • Dome Centenary Fellowship, State Library of Victoria, 2013
  • Handspan Visual Theatre Travelling Scholarship
  • R.E. Ross Playwright's script Development Award
  • Friends of The VCA

Funders & Supporters

  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Boroondara
  • City of Glen Eira
  • National Wool Museum
  • The Johnston Collection
  • Heide Museum of Modern Art
  • ABC Radio National
  • State Library of Victoria
  • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
  • Albury LibraryMuseum
  • Ian Potter Foundation
  • Regional Arts Victoria
  • Creative Victoria
  • City of Wyndham
  • Sidney Myer Foundation
  • Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
  • Australia Council
  • Auspicious Arts Incubator
  • Theatre Works

 In-Kind Supporters

  • New Model Beauty Queen
  • Myles AV
  • Ere Perez
  • Kwikkopy
  • Ardena Imports
  • Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty
  • Bubble Pack
  • Chinese Melbourne Daily
  • Magnum IP Legal Services
  • VISY Specialties
  • La Mama Theatre
  • Auspicious Arts Incubator
  • Arts Hub
  • Streaka
  • Arnott's
  • Northcote Pottery Supplies
  • Northcote Pets
  • La Mama Theatre
  • Monash University Student Theatre

Private Donors

  • Michael Brindley
  • Yvonne Virsik
  • John Dickie
  • Kaarin Fairfax
  • Sue Giles
  • Graeme Gordes
  • Petra Kalive
  • Janet Johns
  • Mark Newell
  • Rosemary Thornburn


  • Sarah Walker Photography
  • Sonic State Design
  • Melbourne Athenaeum Library
  • Kyoko Imazu
  • Lisa Anderson & Shinyshiny World
  • Boroondara Community Outreach
  • New Model Beauty Queen
  • Preston Zly

Plus so many collaborating artists it's not funny.....

Barking Spider Visual Theatre is a not-for-profit incorporated association with both DGR and TCC status for tax purposes.
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0419 590 630

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Barking Spider Visual 6 Creek Parade
Victoria 3070