At Home Arts Festival is a digital space for finding community and sharing your art online while social distancing and/or self isolating. This festival is brought to you by the Creative Arts Department of the University of Melbourne Student Union. 

Follow all of the festival action!

Facebook group – This is where you can brainstorm ideas, chat with other artists and find people to digitally help you make your submissions a reality (please don’t meet up in real life). 

WordPress – This is where the magic happens. All of you submissions will be featured here. Have a visit, see what people have made! 

Also, look out for our weekly events here. These happen every Thursday and are very wholesome!

If you have any questions or access needs please email the Creative Arts Officers, Emily and Liv at <arts@union.unimelb.edu.au>. We are also open to any suggestions of things you would like to see in the festival ie events, themes for the week, anything ! 

Who can submit

Currently we are accepting submissions of videos between 15 seconds and 5 minutes from Unimelb students, recent graduates and staff. If you are a member of the wider Melbourne community and keen to submit, get in touch with us first via email.

There is no requirement to only feature students in your video. You can get your family involved, or your housemates or your dog!

Couch PotARTo Weekly competition 

This festival will run for as long as the community needs it. At the end of each week, one video will be awarded the Couch PotARTo award, the prize for which will be a gift voucher valued at $50 (or close to, depending on what the voucher is for). The Couch PotARTo winner will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of the Creative Arts Officers, members of the Creative Arts Committee, and Union House Theatre staff. This competition is only open to current University of Melbourne Students. All current UniMelb students who submit will be considered for the award, if you would like to opt out of this, you can let us know at the end of the submission form. 

Video quality will not be considered when determining the weekly winner. We are more interested in creativity and inventiveness. 

How to submit

Step 1) film yourself making art in your home.

Step 2) do any editing or cropping as necessary.

Step 3) upload the video to Youtube, dropbox, google drive, wetransfer, whatever works for you OR email the video to <arts@union.unimelb.edu.au> if it is a small enough file.

Step 4) fill out the submission form and make sure you include the link to your video or the time you sent us the email. 

Suggestions for Your Submission

  • The purpose of your video is to show you making art at home. You can interpret that in any way you want.
  • Don’t have a fancy camera? That’s not a problem! Videos can be filmed on your phone or webcam. We care about participating in the community, not video quality.
  • Videos can be as short as 15 seconds or as long as 5 minutes. Short and sweet is a good rule to stick to.
  • Film in landscape (ie turn your phone sideways).
  • Make eye contact with the camera.
  • Natural light is your friend! If possible, film during the day, nice and close to a window (but don’t have the window behind you).
  • Make sure you aren’t using copyrighted music without permission! If you want to include some mood music in your video, Garageband and iMovie have a bunch that you can use. You can also put a call out in the Festival Facebook group and see if any musicians have some music they want to share!
  • Try and keep it family friendly. 
  • If there’s speaking in your video, try and include captions. If you are not able to do this yourself, get in touch with us via email and we can help out. If you can send us a transcript of the speech in the video that will help us out immensely!
  • It doesn’t have to be good.