Monday, July 23rd, 2018 - Monash Live

The Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) is offering a $15,000 commission to a Victorian artist responding to the concept of progress.

MAPA is calling for expressions of interest from local composers, musicians, theatremakers and dancers and to create one original work to be premiered in May 2019 at the new the Ian Potter Centre of Performing Arts as part of MAPA's newly created annual program of performing arts events, Monash Live (MLIVE).

MAPA's Executive Director, Professor Paul Grabowsky AO is elated about the prospect of what Melbourne’s eclectic and dynamic independent arts scene will conjure in response to the theme of progress. 'We are excited to see how artists respond to this provocation. These are key questions for this moment in history. What is progress? Have our collective developments in technology and theory improved our daily lives for the better or for the worse? How has the concept of progress evolved over time? We want local artists to express their take on progress… whatever that means to them.'

To apply for this outstanding opportunity, artists will need to submit concept documents that outlines the scope of their idea and how it responds to the theme of progress. Details of the expression of interest process are available from MLIVE's website.

The work will be developed between September 2018 and May 2019 with support from MAPA staff. 'Works in PROGRESS' will be performed in one of two new venues at The Ian Potter Performing Arts Centre at Monash University—either the sound gallery (150 seats) or the jazz club (200 seats) depending on the scale of the work and its production requirements. Artists from all live performance disciplines are encouraged to apply, including theatre, music and dance.


Curated by the Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) and its Executive Director Professor Paul Grabowsky AO, MLIVE is an annual program of performing arts events created as a cultural response to Melbourne's diverse and rapidly growing South East.

With a strong focus on creative innovation and community, the 2018 season program of MLIVE features an eclectic selection of Australian and international artists and companies with performances spanning a wide range of artistic genres including contemporary theatre, music, dance and children's entertainment.

Next year will see the opening of The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts; a state of the art three-venue complex comprised of the newly renovated Alexander Theatre, sound gallery and jazz club. Collectively the venues will herald a new era of 21st century performing arts facilities.


For more information on the ‘PROGRESS' commission, please contact MLIVE's Marketing Manager Elisha Wilson: [email protected] | (03) 9905 4680.

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