Calling all artists and groups who are seeking to make work with ‘real world’ connections! Monash University Performing Arts Centres is reaching out to invite commission 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 Monash University Performing Arts Centres 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.

Monash University Performing Arts Centres 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 Monash University Performing Arts Centres’ 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 Monash University Performing Arts Centres’ Meyer Constellation system.

Monash University Performing Arts Centres’ 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 Monash University Performing Arts Centres. 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 Monash University Performing Arts Centres 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

Previous Grant Recipient

The Urban Forest – Ciaran Frame

Ciaran Frame is a Melbourne-based composer and educator. With an honours degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Ciaran is passionate about cross-disciplinary collaboration and education, working at the intersection of data, technology, and music. His work has been featured and premiered in Australia and internationally. Recent projects include a regional pilot program of synthesiser workshops for young children, and making music out of lichen in the Arctic Circle.

The Urban Forest is an installation and performative work. It situates the audience in a multi-sensory, experiential world. Using data on every living tree in Melbourne’s CBD, it celebrates and brings to the fore the diversity of tree species. The work aims to shift existing perspectives of Melbourne’s representation of life by creating new and meaningful interpretations of the nature surrounding our city.

Find out more about Ciaran.

Previous Grant Recipient

Animorph – Natasha Anderson

Natasha Anderson is an Australian composer, musician and installation artist. She makes instrumental, audiovisual and acousmatic works in a variety of forms; from solo performance and notated scores, to installation and multichannel diffusion. Her primary interest lies in creating idiosyncratic, preternatural electronic sounds from acoustic sources, and exploring these sounds’ relationship to their live physical source.

Improvising with and between, the ‘natural’ and the ‘artificial’ in sound, space and figuration, Animorph is a work conceived as an experiment in shape-shifting across dimensions. It will use a form of ‘meta-instrument’ — a Paetzold contrabass recorder integrated with laptop software via a tailored sensor environment. This sensor system, mounted onto the surfaces and under the keys of the instrument, means all electronics — both sonic and spatio-acoustic — will be organically controlled in real-time by gestural energy.

Find out more about Natasha.

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