First Nations + Fringe = a whole lot of deadly


Applications due
09 March 2018, 5:00 PM

Did you know Joel Bray, a Wiradjuri man, brought home not one, not two but three awards at Melbourne Fringe last year?

Did you know Kate ten Buuren, a Taungurung woman, created dis place with ten emerging First Nations artists and performed it to a packed house at Fringe 2017?

Both artists participated in Deadly Fringe, our artist development program that unearths and nurtures new works by First Nations artists and applications to participate in 2018 are now open.


Together with our partners over at Melbourne Fringe, we will support two emerging First Nations artists to develop two new works for the 2018 Festival. You’ll get creative guidance from us, support from the Deadly Producers at Fringe and some cash to create your artwork.

“Deadly Fringe was the ideal opportunity for me. I hadn’t considered Fringe before, but the opportunity to make risky work was irresistible.” Joel Bray (Waradjuri), Deadly Artist, 2017. 

Who are the Deadly Producers? Well, they could be you! Fringe is offering two emerging First Nations Producers the opportunity to work with them, help them put on a Festival, as well as help produce the Deadly works. You’ll each get a salary, the opportunity to help produce some amazing work and collaborate with some pretty great partners.

“There aren’t many emerging Indigenous producers – Levi and I demonstrated to community the possibilities and that there is an entry point for us to come in.” Kalinda Palmer (Nyikina & Jabbirr Jabbirr), Deadly Producer, 2017.


Are you an emerging artist with fringe-y ideas or perhaps just trying out something new? Then we are looking for you.

If you still have some questions, come down to ILBJIERRI on Tuesday 27 February at 6.30pm, have a yarn and ask all the questions you have. Click here for more info about the Deadly Fringe FAQ Session

Click here to APPLY please visit via the Melbourne Fringe website

All applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday 9 March, 2018