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The Darebin Arts Speakeasy Development program supports artists by providing access to space. Developments should be for a new artistic work that has performance at the heart of its creation.

Artists are given the opportunity to develop a new work within on of our venue studios or meeting rooms. Creative Development dates are subject to venue availability. They can vary from script readings, physical work, exploration and rehearsals showings. As detailed in the Creative Darebin Arts Strategy 2014 – 2021 – we program high quality work from artistic leaders and companies in the small to medium sector to be an integral part of the cultural ecology of Melbourne and Australia’s artistic landscape.

Applications are now open for the latest round of this highly successful program. Development space is available at both Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and Darebin Arts Centre. The two venues’ available spaces include: the Northcote Town Hall Main Hall, Studio 1 and Studio 2, and Darebin Arts Centre.

Please note: All artists and companies are encouraged to apply, you do not have to be a Darebin resident. This program is for developments between July and December 2019. Please carefully consider what venue and dates to apply for as once successful applicants have allocated venue dates, this can only be changed once and the change is subject to the availability of Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and Darebin Arts Centre venues which are in high demand. Works are not obliged to have an intended final presentation outcome in Darebin, however, Darebin City Council holds first right of refusal for presentations resulting from all developments that are offered a stipend.

What We Provide (Varies between Developments).

Please note that theatre hire hours vary from project to project. Each agreement is negotiated depending on the specific needs of each development.

• Successful projects will receive 1-2 weeks free theatre space

• A maximum of three applicants will be awarded a stipend of up to $2,000

• Limited technical equipment is provided

Please ensure you read the guidelines before applying, you can find them here.

We strongly encourage applicants to familiarise themselves with the Creative Darebin Arts Strategy.

Please find the technical specification here for Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and Darebin Arts Centre.


Applications Open: Monday 13 May 2019

Applications Close: Sunday 2 June 2019

Successful applicants will be informed in late June

Developments will occur between July and December 2019




This image is of MORAL PANIC by Double Water Sign in November 2017. Image by Sarah Walker