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Cultural Threads 2016

Cultural Threads 2016

Information for Artists


The City of Greater Dandenong recognises the significant importance of investing in the arts and cultural heritage and the wide-ranging benefits that such an investment delivers across the community. It has affirmed its commitment through its Arts and Cultural Heritage Strategy.

Council supports arts and cultural heritage both directly and in partnership with artists, as well as arts organisations, education institutions, state and federal governments, other agencies, community groups, historical and heritage organisations and local residents.

Council is proud to provide a number of opportunities to local artists, both emerging and experienced.

Gallery hire

Both the Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre and Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens offer an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work in a unique settings. Visit the Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre page to view current exhibition call out opportunities.

Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre also has a range of creative spaces available for general venue hire.

For further information please email David O’Halloran, Visual Arts Coordinator


Annual competitions at Walker Street Gallery

Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre stages three major open for submission exhibitions each year.

  • In March each year, the She exhibition celebrates the diversity and strength of visual art made by Australian female artists.
  • The 9 by 5 exhibition held in December each year commemorates the original 1989 exhibition held at Buxton’s of Swanston Street and is open to artists of all levels.
  • The Home and Art exhibition and prize is for artists from an asylum seeker and refugee background.

More information on Walker Street Gallery competitions

Short Cuts Film Festival

Short Cuts Film Festival had it's first year in Greater Dandenong in 2016 It celebrated and supported the development of the dynamic local film industry by presenting films from an array of artists.

The festival provides a platform for local community members, emerging artists, and accomplished industry professionals to showcase their talent and share their stories.

More information on Short Cuts Film Festival

Artist in Residence

The City of Greater Dandenong Artist in Residence program offers emerging and established artists free studio space in exchange for contributions to the community through creative engagement.

A residency provides a unique opportunity for artists to step away from their usual surrounding for a period of intense focus on their practice in a unique and supported environment.

The City of Greater Dandenong offers residencies across multiple cultural venues including Drum Theatre, Heritage Hill, Walker Street Gallery and Greater Dandenong Libraries.

Residencies are available for research and development or for the creation of new work and are offered individually or in groups.

The Artist in Residence program is open to emerging and professional artists and creative thinkers from all disciplines, from Australia and overseas, including visual artists, digital artists, musicians, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators.

More information on Artist in Residence program


The Hive Creative Network

The Hive Creative Network is the place to go to for all things creative in Greater Dandenong. If you are an artist or creative individual, group or organisation living or working in Melbourne’s south east then The Hive is for you. Be a part of an engaging and collaborative community.

More information on The Hive Creative Network.