Artist Expressions of Interest

EOIs Open Monday 22nd of March – Close Monday 26th of April at 9:00 AM AEST

About Mudfest

The saying often goes that “Home is where the heart is”. And while that may be true for many, ‘Home’ can have no uniform meaning. It brings joy, it brings pain, it brings the comfort of familiarity and carries the heavy heartedness of nostalgia. Coming from a year and a half where people have been confined to their homes or separated from their homes, this theme holds a weight different than ever before. For Mudfest 2021, we want to create a safe space for you to express your feelings about home through a variety of artforms. So, whether the thought of home makes you want to grab a warm blanket or crack open a cold one, this explosive eight-day festival of creative power and artistic expression could be just the place for you.

Presented biennially by the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU), Mudfest is a studentled arts festival that nurtures, encourages and supports new and innovative arts practices amongst students, while also providing them with professional and creative development opportunities. Since its inception in 1990, Mudfest has established itself as a cultural icon in Melbourne’s emerging arts scene and has grown to encompass all forms of artistic expression.

With the addition of a digital component to the festival, Mudfest 2021 will not only foster, but will also rely upon students’ willingness to experiment and play within a new and exciting form of artmaking. Now more than ever, artists and production team members are encouraged to build a festival that celebrates the experimental whilst also being environmentally sustainable and accessible to a diverse range of students and audiences including people living with disability and those living outside of Melbourne.

Responding to this theme, Home, Mudfest 2021 will run from 5-13 August and will occur in a dual-delivery format with a large part offered online interspersed with COVIDsafe events held at our Parkville and Southbank campuses, aiming to create engagement between student artists and our wider student family, no matter where home is for you.

Mudfest is an opportunity for current students to engage, upskill and learn about festival production through on the ground experience 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.


For Artists

As an artist involved in Mudfest, you will have the incredible opportunity to showcase your own original art and make this eight-day festival an explosive artistic experience filled with creative power and ground-breaking new work! Whether you’re an emerging playwright hoping to take that play you wrote in lockdown to the stage, a budding visual artist with an exhibition forming, a musician hoping to test out some original songs, the next Greta Gerwig with a story for the screen or anything in between – WE WANT YOU!

Mudfest Artist EOIs close on 9:00AM AEST Monday 26th April, 2021 so chop chop and send in your applications here!

**Please note that while Mudfest will be presented via a dual-delivery program this year, in-person events will be limited and we encourage you to plan to present in an online format. Moreover, all in-person events will require COVIDSafe plans and alternative solutions in case in-person events are not possible at the time of production**

If you have any questions or need any help filling out this application, please feel free to contact Vaishnavi Ravikrishna and Merryn Hughes at 🙂


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