Mudfest Artist Expressions of Interest Now Closed!
Now’s you chance to make your art a part of Mudfest 2019, the largest student run festival in the southern hemisphere. Mudfest encompasses all forms of artistic expression including visual art, performing arts, film, music and interdisciplinary artforms so no matter what catergory your art fits into or if it defies categorisation.
Expressions of interest CLOSED on Monday the 13th of May at 9AM
Access Information for Artists
Also please find below an Access document prepared by our Mudfest Access Manager, Sophie Cassar, which was read out at the Artist Information Session.
What is Mudfest?
Mudfest is a multidisciplinary student arts festival which will run from August 21st – 28th 2019 and celebrate the diverse and exciting world of student arts at the University of Melbourne. Since its humble beginnings in 1990 Mudfest has become a significant driving-force of creative innovation, and has established itself as a cultural icon on the emerging arts scene in Melbourne. Presented every two years by the University of Melbourne Student Union, Mudfest nurtures, encourages and supports new and innovative arts practices amongst students, while also providing them with professional and creative development opportunities.
Mudfest provides students with the unique opportunity to be a part of a festival environment that encourages cross-pollination with other disciplines and approaches, as well as fostering an environment of inclusion, and development. In 2019 Mudfest will maintain the initiative of showcasing works that are environmentally sustainable and accessible to people living with disability, encouraging artists to share their work in an inclusive and ethical environment.
The Mudfest team acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, learn and celebrate. We pay our respect to their elders past and present, and future. This was an always will be Aboriginal land and sovereignty was never ceded.
This year Mudfest will respond to the theme “Regeneration”. This stems from the dire need for fundamental change within the frightening reality of our world. “Necessity is the mother of invention”, and the challenges we currently face as a global society provide this necessity for change and regeneration. This year’s festival contemplates the idea that regeneration is required in times of need. We must change and evolve to ultimately thrive. In Mudfest 2019 we hope to provide the fertile soils to allow our artists to push boundaries. We hope to support emerging artists to develop and blossom in their practice as they grow and learn, producing new original work in response to their reality. Mudfest 2019 is about growth in all its many facets, artistically, professionally and as a community.
This theme is a provocation to inspire new original student work but should only inspire possibility not any form of limitation.
Why should you apply?
Mudfest is a fantastic platform to exhibit and perform new student work. The festival regularly draws significant crowds, offering you the chance to gain valuable exposure and an audience for your work. Participants will be provided with free performance and exhibition venues, professional development opportunities, grants to partially cover the material costs of realising your project, technical equipment, access to industry mentorships, and creative support and the possibility to be considered for festival awards.
If you are interest in mentorship and/or grant opportunities, once your expression of interest to be part of the festival has been accepted there will be a chance to apply/express your interest for a mentor and/or Mudfest grant.
Who can apply?
Mudfest is open to all current and past University of Melbourne students to present their work. If you study, or have ever studied at any of the university campuses, we would love to have your work as a part of the festival. Projects can have non- students and alumni involved, but past or current students MUST make up 75% of the people involved in the work.
What about money?
All tickets will be a set price determined by the festival. The money from ticket sales will go straight back into the festival to allow us to support all the works and make the festival happen.
In terms of the money that is required to put on your work, we hope as a festival we can support that. We provide free venue hire, there is no registration cost to be a part of the festival. We provide free producing services as well as technical support. Of course given the number of works we are limited and may not be able to support every single thing each project needs, but that’s something worth discussing with your Creative Producer.
We also provide the opportunity to apply for Mudfest grants to support the costs of presenting your work. Once successful in your expression of interest to be a part of the festival there will be an opportunity to apply for these grants.
But what kind of art are we looking for?
Anything and everything! Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling, but it’s in no way an exhaustive list:
- Visual Art: sculpture, painting, photography, drawing, etc
- Outdoor/site specific work
- Moving image: film and projection etc
- Dance, movement, physical theatre
- Creative Writing: spoken word, poetry, short stories, play readings etc
- Live / Digital Music
- Theatre: plays, roving, puppetry, tours, musicals etc
- Performance art
- And more!
Access and Sustainability
It is really important to the 2019 Mudfest Team that we run an accessible and environmentally conscious festival. Therefore it is necessary in your application that you include how you have considered how people with access requirements will experience your work and how you will consider sustainability in your practice. If you are unsure or have questions we are more than happy to help support you in making your work accessible and sustainable.
The application process
Applications close at Monday the 13th of May at 9AM
We strongly recommend that to speak to the Creative Producer for your discipline about your application before you submit it. You may also be invited to meet with us regarding your work if there are any further inquiries. Requests to meet regarding the application process can be arranged by emailing the Mudfest Production Team at:
As a department we are dedicated to the production of student art so we are here to support you in the expression of interest process.