In 2012 Small Town Transformations invited Victorians to think big about how art could transform their town.

Across the state, nearly a third of all eligible towns with fewer than 1,500 people responded to our provocation. Following an intensely competitive application process, Avoca, Dookie, Natimuk, Neerim South and Ouyen were each granted $350,000 to embark on a significant artistic project that would leave a lasting legacy. All projects were completed in 2013/4.

Select the projects below to explore their stories further.


Small Town Transformations was presented by Regional Arts Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.


Esther Anatolitis


Project Coordinator

Joanna Gould



Pia Cook



Prue Bassett



Studio Brave


Print partner



Video production

Yarrowee Productions

Risk management

Coleby Consulting


Media partner

ABC Local Radio


Legal partner

Norton Rose Fulbright


Independent evaluation

NSF Consulting


Artistic advisory and independent assessment

Robyn Annear, Rob Robson, Gilbert Rochecouste, Jan van Schaik, Julie Tipene O’Toole

Indigenous advisory to Regional Arts Victoria

Caroline Briggs and Joy Murphy Wandin

Special thanks

The Hon Ted Baillieu, Debra Jefferies, Stuart Koop, Ian Rogers, Greg Andrews, Andrew Abbott, the Hon Heidi Victoria, the Hon Peter Crisp, the Hon Jeanette Powell, the Hon Hugh Delahunty, the Hon Simon Ramsay, Regional Arts Victoria Chair Bruce Esplin AM, Liz Zito, Joe Toohey, Jessica Alice, Regional Arts Victoria Creative Arts Facilitators Kim Bennett, Jo Grant, Verity Higgins, Deb Milligan and Malcolm Sanders, the Board and staff of Regional Arts Victoria, each of the visionary Small Town Transformations applicants from 65 small Victorian towns, and the people of Avoca, Dookie, Natimuk, Neerim South and Ouyen.