Speakeasy Developments

The Speakeasy development program offers artists a cash prize and a creative space to develop new performing arts projects.

What is the Speakeasy development program?

The program offers artists a cash prize and a creative space in the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, as well as the Darebin Arts Centre, to develop new performing arts projects.

  • Applications for the mid-2021 received 23 submissions. This program is now closed.
  • The 2022 round will support 51 artists through 8 projects with $12,000 being distributed.
  • We will soon be announcing the next round of recipients. Applications for the 2023 round will open mid year.

Recipients of the 2020 program

Below you can meet our Speakeasy recipients for the 2020 program.

  • Vidya Rajan for Loot
  • Joel Bray for Considerable Sexual licence
  • Nesceda Blake and A_tistic for Gamma burst
  • Benjamin Nichol for Fairybread
  • Cassandra Fumi for The rhinos project
  • Glen Walton for Playable web
  • Alexandra Aldrich for ‘Tis pity she’s a whore
  • Nebahat Erpolat for Mesopotamia
  • Aaron Orzec for CORINTHIANS
  • Christopher Harley for When the trees spoke up
  • Koraly Dimitriadis for I say the wrong things all the time
  • Alice Heyward for Outcry
  • Tarah Carey for Future proof
  • Stephen Nicolazzo for The monkey’s mask
  • Louisa Wall for Lousical the musical
  • Clare Bartholomew for Otto & Astrid’s joint solo project
  • Tré Turner and Stone motherless cold for The oasis

Watch artist profiles supported by the program:

  • Artist Profile: Vidya Rajan (see below)
  • Artist Profile: Lou Wall (see below)
  • Artist Profile: Joel Bray (see below)
  • Artist Profile: Benjamin Nichol (see below)

Image of Vidya Rajan by J.Walter Thompson for Melbourne Fringe.

Speakeasy 2020 Development Artist Profile Vidya Rajan
Vidya Rajan received support through Darebin Arts Speakeasy’s Development Program to develop her new work Loot.
Speakeasy 2020 Development Artist Profile Lou Wall
Lou Wall received support from Darebin Arts Speakeasy's Development Program for Lou's new work Lousical the Musical.
Speakeasy 2020 Development Artist Profile Joel Bray
Darebin Arts Speakeasy’s Development Program supported Joel to develop his new work Considerable Sexual License.
Speakeasy 2020 Development Artist Profile Benjamin Nichol
Benjamin Nichol received support from Darebin Arts Speakeasy's Development Program for his new work Fairybread.