Artist Liaison EOIs

An exciting opportunity for University of Melbourne students to fill a role on the Production Team of Mudfest 2023 through the following mentored opportunities:

  • PERFORMING ARTS – Artist Liaison
  • VISUAL ARTS – Artist Liaison
  • FILM and VIDEO – Artist Liaison
  • MUSIC – Artist Liaison

Festival dates: August 22 – 26, 2023

About Mudfest

The University of Melbourne Student Union’s (UMSU) MUDfest is a biennial student led ARTS FESTIVAL that has established itself as a cultural icon on the emerging art scene in Melbourne. Reminiscent of Melbourne Fringe, MUDfest is a unique opportunity for students to get real-world experience directly on campus. Any student can get involved in creativity on campus. They can build confidence, bring new works to life, develop networks, experience professional mentorship, and build lasting friendships.

Artistic expression and cross pollination of art forms is at the heart of the Festival. While at the same time as being a dynamic and creative opportunity to make art, MUDfest provides a safe environment to experiment, be challenged and gain valuable work experience in every aspect of festival production.

The 2023 Mudfest marks a return to campus from online learning, it also welcomes the Festival into its new home in the Arts and Cultural Building (BN 159) in the University’s newest Precinct. This space, and the surrounding sites the Student Pavilion (BN 162) and Market Hall (BN 189) will each house programmed events, activities and performance of different artforms. This expands opportunities for connection throughout the precinct fostering an atmosphere of creativity, artistic collaboration and festival buzz!

It is expected the MUDfest Artist Liaison for each broad discipline will be the key interface with student artists participating in the festival. They will ensure the development and delivery of the specific artforms program across the venues in the Student Precinct curated by the Festival Creative Producers – UMSU’s Creative Arts Office Bearers.

Mudfest is an opportunity for current students to engage, upskill and learn about festival production through on the ground experience with a mentor in a team of peers with diverse skills and experience. Therefore, EVERYONE eligible is encouraged to apply, particularly BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals and people living with disability.

Time Commitment

Time commitment is dependent on the student work being produced, however there will be a minimum amount of time allocated towards regular meetings with the Production team, and regular meetings with artists (approximately 2-4 hours per week). In the month leading up to the festival, time commitment will increase, and applicants must be fully available from Monday 19th August – Friday 30th August (exact times likely to vary).


The Artist Liaison Contractor Fee is $1500.

Your Experience:
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled students at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music or the Victorian College of the Arts
  • Demonstrated interest in contemporary and emerging arts practice
  • Awareness of MUDfest’s thematic content and commitment to working with artists in their creative development and presentation outcome
  • Considerable level of experience in either Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Short Film and Video OR, Music as the art forms presented in this years festival
  • Strong planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving and conflict management skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team to reach identified goals and timelines

Expression of Interest Process

Expressions of Interest should be emailed and addressed to Savier D’Arsie-Marquez and Abbey Crowley, the 2023 Creative Arts Officers and Creative Producers of MUDfest: TRANSFORM.

Please use the subject heading “Artist Liaison EOI” with nominated artform and include a cover letter addressing the Your Experience (maximum one A4 page) and a CV. Expressions of Interest should be emailed as a single document (doc or pdf) to by Friday 28 April 2023 5:00 PM AEST.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview the following week to be held either online or in the Creative Arts Office, Level 3, BN 159 Arts & Cultural, Monash Rd, University of Melbourne, 3010.

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