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About Arts Merri-bek

Merri-bek boasts an excellent arts offering, including venues for exhibitions and performances, world-class festivals and activities, and the Counihan Gallery.

Coburg Court House Residency Program 2024

About Coburg Court House space

The Coburg Court House is a dedicated arts space located at 1A Main St, Coburg (next to the old Coburg Police Station) and is managed by Arts Merri-bek. Originally built in 1929 the building has long served as a courthouse before becoming a community facility and in 2024 will begin its legacy as a venue for creative development.

It is a highly versatile rehearsal space for emerging, mid-career and professional artists. The space features high ceilings, heating/cooling system, accessible entrance, large windows with curtains and 1 accessible unisex bathroom. It is centrally located within close distance of Coburg Station.

Photos and further information about the space can be found here.

About the Residency Program 

Arts Merri-bek is opening expression of interests to performers, theatre-makers and/or dancers to occupy the venue for up to three months to develop a new or existing work, with an expectation of high usage during the time allocated. 

Arts Merri-bek will provide the space for free for up to three-months; 

Residency 1: 4 March to 26 May 2024 

Residency 2: 3 June to 25 August 2024 

Residency 3: 2 September to 1 December 2024 

To Apply

·       Read the Coburg Court House Residency Program Guidelines here (attached)

·       Complete the application form available here  

·       Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 25 January 2024. 

·       We will endeavour to notify artists of their application outcome within two weeks of submission. For further information or to discuss your application in more detail, contact arts@merri-bek.vic.gov.au

·       If you would like to view the venue before applying, the venue will be open on Tuesday 16 January 2024 between 10am – 11am.  Please register with us at Coburg Court House Residency Program - Open for Viewing Tickets, Tue 16/01/2024 at 10:00 am | Eventbrite 

Flourish Arts Grants 

Flourish Arts Grant applications for 2024 are now closed.

A panel of Assesors are now examining all of the eligible proposals, and will announce the successful recipients in December 2023.

Flourish Arts Grants are an annual funding scheme that provides up to $5,000 for individuals or $10,000 for arts organisations.

The next round of funding will open in August 2024, for projects in 2025.

Any application enquiries or questions can be emailed to artsgrants@merri-bek.vic.gov.au.

Merri-bek Arts and Culture Strategy

Our new Arts and Culture Strategy was endorsed by Council in September 2023 and will inform arts, culture and creative practices in Merri-bek until 2030.

You can download the 2023-2030 Arts and Culture Strategy (PDF 8.6 Mb).

You can also read the 2023-2030 Arts and Culture Strategy Summary (PDF 1.3Mb) and the 2023-2025 Arts and Culture Strategy Action Plan (PDF 3.0Mb).

Merri-bek Arts Advisory Committee

The Merri-bek Arts Advisory Committee meets quarterly with the goal of promoting arts and culture in Merri-bek. You can find out more about the committee on our Advisory Committees page.

Arts Merri-bek eNewsletter

Sign up to our Arts Merri-bek e-newsletter to find out about upcoming applications and grants, festivals, arts and community events, workshops, professional development, opportunities to participate and other news.

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Arts Merri-bek events

We run a range of events, festivals, and programs throughout the year which you can see on our What's on from Arts Merri-bek page.

If you are involved in planning a community festival or event in Merri-bek, take a look at the useful tips and information on our Planning an event page.

Contact us: arts@merri-bek.vic.gov.au