Monash University Performing Arts Centres

Monash Univeristy Progress Link Commissions

Calling all artists and groups seeking to make new work with 'real world' connections!


Opportunity Details

Closing Date

May 29, 2022





Monash University Performing Arts Centres is reaching out to invite commissioning proposals from artists and groups whose practice includes an interest in engaging with ideas and research in other fields.


We are aware that many artists feel the challenges that the planet currently faces.

We at MPAC believe that we can provide opportunities that empower both artists and experts from all fields. By linking them together we can generate new art works, new ways of communicating ideas and new thought paradigms. We will support the new works with our resources, venues, and personnel. 


MPAC will offer two successful applicants $5,000 plus a 5-10 day residency in 2022/23 in one of our spaces to develop a ‘proof of concept’ proposal for further commissioning and development within our program.  

We seek to present a showing of the work-in- progress as part of MPAC’s Progress Festival in August 2023. 

We are reaching out to artists who have or want to develop a practice that incorporates other fields of knowledge in a fundamental way. 

That could be anything from artists working with digital imagery who want to deepen their knowledge via Monash’s VR and data imaging centre, The Cave; to children’s theatre practitioners wanting to work with early childhood development experts to test the impact of their work on audiences, to audio artists wanting to explore three dimensional sound mapping using MPAC’s Meyer Constellation system.

MPAC’s links to Monash researchers are constantly growing and we are linking up with scientists and social researchers who are engaged and keen to collaborate.


We invite interested artists to submit a proposal of no more than two A4 pages. Outline your project in broad terms:  summary of the project, research interest, timeline, and background material on the artists taking part, their ideas and practice.  

Proposals due by Sunday, May 29th, 11.59pm.  

Two selected proposals will be funded and developed in consultation with MPAC. Support will include technical and logistical support from our Operations team, and links to Monash researchers with expertise in the required area and the interest to engage.  

A selection committee made up of MPAC and other Monash staff, with external assessors will meet to consider applications.  

Applicants must declare any current and/or ongoing affiliation with Monash University. 

For enquiries please contact Tom Gutteridge