Arts and creative industries

Artists and creatives may find themselves needing support and assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Are you an artist or somebody working in creative industries?

As we move towards COVID normal we encourage all our artists and creative community members to keep up-to-date with the latest public health advice, and travel advisories related to COVID-19.

Most of you will be aware that useful advice can be found through Australia Council, Creative Victoria and other peak organisations representing the arts, but some of the following resources and links may also be helpful.

General information, advice, and details on individual and business support can be found through the COVID-19 section of the site. For information about staying safe during COVID-19, visit safety and wellbeing during COVID-19 and for a list of mental health resources, please refer to if you need help.

Online 3D virtual tours

As part of our COVID-19 Arts Rescue Package announced in May 2020, we’ve taken our local creative and cultural institutions online.

We’re proud to have provided funding to help local creative and cultural organisations launch online experiences through virtual reality and 360-video, supporting galleries and museums who have had to close their doors during the pandemic.

We took EOI applications from local galleries, museums and organisations who wished to transition existing exhibitions online and partnered with Ignition Immersive in South Melbourne to deliver four virtual tours. Ignition Immersive then also kindly provided tours of two other cultural organisations free of charge to show their support for local arts and cultural organisations.

You can enjoy virtual tours of:

Through these tours anybody can explore these exhibitions and gallery spaces. In these virtual experiences, users use their mouse to enter the show and stroll around while turning in all directions. Buttons next to each artwork or collection item provide pop-up labels or a commentary and let you zoom in for a closer look.

Industry and network support

Local support and initiatives

Council support

Emergency Relief Package

We are aware that your focus is on working with your staff, boards, partners, audiences, customers and the general public to navigate, understand and keep up-to-date with the latest public health advice related to COVID-19. We also understand you will need to make a number of decisions over the coming months.

In 2020, Council provided a $2.8 million Emergency Relief package to help support the community and local economy through rates, rebates and rent relief.

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