Be part of the Urban Canvas Mural Festival: expressions of interest open

    Published 21 February 2023

    Artist: Jason Parker, mural in Wells Rd, Brighton for Urban Canvas 2022 - Photo by Edd Schlaghecke

    Through the Victorian Government supported Urban Canvas program, participating councils are commissioning 30 artists and 12 art apprentices to paint and create 30 large scale murals in six participating council areas (Port Phillip, Bayside, Stonnington, Kingston, Glen Eira and Boroondara).

    Urban Canvas is the newest addition to the growing mural festival scene. The project will support and commission 30 artists and 12 art apprentices to
    paint and create 30 large scale murals throughout the participating six Local Government Areas in Melbourne. The 14-day mural festival will bring together local and emerging artists to showcase their work alongside a variety of community arts activations and workshops.

    The festival is targeting a total of 30 Mural sites (five sites per participating council area), breathing a fresh creative perspective across the six inner-city  councils that form - ISMMF (Inner South Metro Mayors Forum) - Bayside, Kingston, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Glen Eira and Boroondara. Alongside the murals, the project will include an art exhibition, a youth mentoring program, an art apprenticeship program and art workshops. 

    Expressions of interest close on Sunday 26 February. Artists applying must be available to paint on Monday 17 April to Sunday 30 April 2023. Please read the guidelines before submitting.

    Project Schedule

    The key dates for the project are as follows:

    • Expressions of interest will close on Sunday 26 February 2023 11.59 pm.
    • Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Friday 3 March.
    • Artwork concepts due for approval on Sunday 19 March.
    • Artwork installation will take place from Monday 17 April to Sunday 30 April.

    Application and Selection process

    Artists who reside in the Greater Melbourne City area including Geelong are eligible to apply. Artists who live and work in the following local council areas of - Bayside, Kingston, Port Phillip, Glen Eira, Stonnington and Boroondara are highly encouraged to apply.

    We actively encourage applications from culturally and linguistically diverse artists, First Nations, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA+ and artists with disability.

    Apply here: Expressions of Interest — Urban Canvas.