Post #5: Connecting with artists

The artistic process is transformative. Creative practitioners explore ideas, articulate concepts and engage communities in new experiences. The way we think, see and act is strongly affected by the ways we participate and collaborate in making new work; art inspires us toward ever more subtle perceptions and understandings. Nurturing cultural change within communities is the bold and achievable aim of Small Town Transformations.

There are artists in every small town community – artists with ideas big and small – artists who may not always have the opportunity to develop their craft alongside others who share their passion and skill. Small Town Transformations invites you to articulate a cultural change through performance, circus, sculpture, games, dance, film, music, architecture, design or indeed any other creative practice that can bring a community together. You are invited to be ambitious in imagining a project of recognisable artistic excellence.

Regional Arts Victoria is standing by to introduce you to artists beyond your town who you may like to involve. Perhaps they’re practitioners with whom local artists would love to collaborate; perhaps they’re leaders in the artform that’s key to your transformation; perhaps they’re artists you’ve long admired. There are numerous local and regional artist networks to connect with, as well as peak bodies and specialist organisations who can help guide your questions. You’d be surprised to imagine who is keen to work with you on this! Reach out with confidence.

This is also a rare opportunity to extend your enquiry deep into your own region to uncover skills and interests that may not immediately be visible.

Small Town Transformations is all about Thinking Bigger. This is your opportunity to facilitate the new ideas that extend into high-quality, memorable and lasting artistic experiences.

Our role at Regional Arts Victoria is to propel your thinking – do get in touch with us if you would like to talk further about your applications. Click here to see our team and their contact details.


Event: Facebook Q+A

Join the Small Town Transformations team to ask any questions you may have about your Expression of Interest. 

What is a Facebook Q & A?

It’s an opportunity to ask the team any questions live online and receive an immediate answer; if you have a question, it’s sure to be a question that others have too.

You can find the event on Facebook by clicking here.

Online will be program Manager Graham Coffey and Administrator Will McRostie between 6pm and 7pm - just post your question in the event and we'll respond!

We can help with questions on

– Eligibility
– Selection criteria
– Partnerships
– Artists
– Community consultation

And anything else.

If you'd prefer to send through your question ahead of time please email it to smalltowns@rav.net.au. As always, we're here to help during business hours, so please give us a call on 03 9644 1814 if you need any further clarification.