Creative Development Program

Creative Development Program

It’s no secret that we love artists. And our Creative Development Program is one of the ways we put our money where our mouth is. In 2020, we’re again offering funding, support and resources to help local artists develop their ideas.

This program provides platforms for creative development, presentation and collaboration. We want artists, connected to our region, to take risks, experiment and create great art.

In 2019,  we flung the doors open for artists to experiment with various ideas. In 2020, we now have three focus areas: HOTA Program, Collaborations at Carriageworks and Open proposals and over $200,000 in cash and in-kind resources is on offer.

Applications are now closed for the 2020 Creative Development Program. Given the changing circumstances due to COVID-19, we’re currently revising the dates for shortlist notifications, interviews (via Zoom) and outcomes. All applicants have been notified, and we’ll be back in touch by the end of April with these updated timeframes.

We know the local sector needs quick response right here and now, so we’ve developed the HOTA Artist Fund – Rage Against the V(irus) to provide artists with a paid, immediate opportunity to keep creating from within their homes.

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What were we looking for in 2020?

We looked for artists who want to push boundaries and bring bold, new, contemporary work and ideas to the table. This opportunity is artist-led and development focused. We looked for projects that bring together high calibre artists and ideas to create great artistic outcomes that deeply consider their potential audiences. We’d also like the successful artists to contribute to our growing ecosystem of artists and community by having a public engagement element to their project.

In 2020, we have three distinct areas of focus.

  • HOTA Program
  • Collaborations at Carriageworks
  • Open Proposals

For reference, the full Expression of Interest and FAQs below offer further information.

2020 Applicant Information

Please note applications for the 2020 Creative Development Program are now closed. The below documents are for reference only.

Expression of Interest


Information about this program and the application form can be made available in different formats or languages if required. Please email us on to request alternate formats.


If your enquiry is not answered by our FAQs, you can email us at

Please do not contact Carriageworks about this opportunity or your submission may be deemed non-conforming.

Past Participants

In 2019, the first year of the program, we received more than 254 applications covering art forms such as theatre, dance, music, performing arts, public art and film. We were looking for projects that were collaborative, cross-arts, multi-platform and works that shifted or expanded an artist’s current practice. 52 artists were shortlisted with 12 chosen to receive support.

Read more about the successful artists and their projects here:

Image 1 – Project: Laniakea. Pictured: Yu Jung Chen. Photo: Leximagery. Image 2 – Project: Re: Membering. Pictured: Umwelt Creative. Photo: Tangible Media. Image 3 – Project: Saltwater City. Pictured: Riannon McLean. Photo: Pearly Black. Image 4 – Project: Selfless Driving Car by Michael Candy. Photo: Tangible Media. Image 5 – Project: Siblingo. Pictured: Maitreyah and Kayah Guenther. Photo: Jorge Serra. Image 6 – Project: Space Invaders. Pictured: Agents of Confusion. Photo: Tangible Media.  Image 7 – Project: Stories in the Key of GC. Pictured: Fletcher Babb and Tim Baker. Photo: Leximagery. Image 8 – Project: Veople. Pictured: Veople alongside artwork by Jason Haggerty. Photo: Tangible Media.