The Boroondara Arts Initiative is an annual program which engages artists and arts workers to deliver creative work that is co-designed with the Boroondara community.

Successful applicants receive project guidance and financial support to present a new or existing work that engages the local community.

Expressions of interest (2021)

Artists interested in applying to the Boroondara Arts Initiative for 2021 can do so through an expression of interest, which will open in July 2020.

Current project

If these leaves could talk (2020)

The 2020 Boroondara Arts Initiative Project is If these leaves could talk, led by local artist Emily Shannon.

Boroondara has a rich botanical history, just imagine what the trees have seen and heard!

Boroondara Arts and local artist Emily Shannon leads the community to participate in inspiring free activities to create an If these leaves could talk community art installation.

The art installation will aim to:

  • engage the community to develop art through simple activities
  • represent the stories of our community
  • present the rich botanical history of the City of Boroondara.

Activities will include visual storytelling, drawing, and sustainable art and craft and will be aimed to engage all Boroondara residents.

The completed art installation is planned to go on display at Hawthorn Arts Centre in November 2020.

Past projects

A Cultured Place (2019)

In 2019, Boroondara Arts commissioned theatre maker David Williams to create A Cultured Place, a new participatory performance work to be created with different members of the Boroondara community.

A Cultured Place reflected on the Boroondara community’s uniqueness and began to open a new conversation about the place of art and culture in rethinking daily life. Part talk-show, part confessional and part celebration, A Cultured Place was a truly unique theatre experience.

A performance of the work took place at the Kew Courthouse on 8 December 2019.

More information

For further information about Boroondara Arts Initiative, email our Cultural Development Officer at [email protected] .

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