Click here to download the artist application form –> Artist Applications Form

Please feel free to contact Harriet and Sara, Mudfest’s Artistic Directors, regarding your application. Email

In case you don’t already know, here is a little bit of info about Mudfest for you! (All of this info can also be found in the artist application form)

What is Mudfest?

Mudfest is a weeklong creative arts festival celebrating 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 offers students  the unique opportunity to be a part of a festival environment that encourages cross-pollination with other disciplines and approaches, as well as fosters an environment of inclusion and development. In 2017 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.

2017 Theme

This year Mudfest will ask the question “How do we respond to an increasingly frightening world?” Under the theme ‘HATCH’ we hope to present responses that vary from kindness to rage, from small and quiet acts of hope, to loud and furious acts of resistance. The works will be cultivated with the aim to provoke both artistic and conscious growth.

Why should you apply?

Mudfest is a fantastic platform to exhibit and perform new 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, access to industry mentorships, and creative support.

Who can apply?

Inclusion in the Mudfest program is open to all current and past University of Melbourne students. If you study, or have ever studied at any of the university campuses, we would love to have you on board. 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 to shows will be a set price determined by the festival. The money from ticket sales will go straight back into the festival. You can specify in your application whether you envisage your work being ticketed or not, but it is ultimately at the discretion of the festival.

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
  • Installations
  • Moving image: film and projection etc
  • Dance
  • Creative Writing: spoken word, poetry, short stories, play readings etc
  • Live / Digital Music
  • Cabaret
  • Theatre: plays, roving, performance art, puppetry, happenings, tours, musicals etc
  • Performance art


The application process

Applications close at midnight, Monday the 1st of May

You will have the opportunity to visit the available venues for presenting your work in the weeks leading up to the application due date – we will be hosting tours of these venues on the following dates – please contact us to secure a date/time.

  • Friday 31st March
  • Friday 7th April
  • Thursday 27th April
  • Friday 28th April

We strongly recommend coming in to chat to the artistic directors and creative producers 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 Creative Arts office at:

As a department dedicated to the production of student art, we are committed to approving as many works as possible for the festival. We will contact you regarding the outcome of your application between the 8th – 12th of May.