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 26, 2024




Performing Arts


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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.


Monash University Performing Arts Centres (MPAC) is a unique creative organisation in Australia.

We are a public-facing performing arts centre comprising five venues located at the Clayton and Peninsula campuses.

We commission and present works by leading practitioners from Australia and around the world. Our audience comprises Monash University students, staff and alumni, diverse communities living in Melbourne’s south east, and performing arts lovers from across the country.

We act as a research body within the University, reaching into the extraordinary community of thinkers and experts at Monash and linking them to artists and researchers to create a range of outcomes.


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 2024/25 in one of our spaces to develop a ‘proof of concept’ proposal for further commissioning and development within our program.

We may seek to present a work-in-progress showing as part of our program. You may also be asked to take part in a public talk or forum.

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 composers wanting to explore the ways in which bushfires are changing Australia’s ecology.

Expressions of interest welcome from any performance oriented artistic discipline or cross-disciplinary practice from music, theatre, dance, circus, spoken word and cabaret. Additional funds may be available for presentations requiring accessibility needs.


We invite interested artists to submit a proposal via the form linked below. You will be asked to outline your project in broad terms:

  • a summary of your project (200 words)

  • An outline of the area of research that  interests you (300 words).

  • A draft timeline showing how you plan to develop your project over the next two years (300 words)

You will also be able to upload background material on the key artists taking part, their ideas and practice.

Proposals are due by Sunday 26 May 2024 at 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 University researchers with expertise in the required area and the interest to engage.

A selection committee made up of MPAC and other Monash University 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