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Supporting our arts

Sk8 Art documentary

Mount Alexander Shire Council supports arts and culture within our Shire through:

•The Cultural Development Officer position
•Provision of Community Grants
•Providing affordable venues available for hire
•Providing direct support to arts and culture organisations

Expressions of Interest - Mechanics Lane paste up commissions

Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from individual artists, arts organisations and or groups interested in creating new temporary public art works in Mechanics Lane throughout 2018.

The Expressions of Interest is open to proposals of 2D works that can be easily created and installed along the fence line which runs across Mechanics Lane. Paste ups are preferred but other proposals will be considered.

For further information on the Paste Up Expressions of Interest information document are available to pick up from the Civic Centre and Castlemaine Library, or download below.

The due date for Expressions of Interest closes Monday 11 December 2017.

Paste Up – Expressions of Interest - Mechanics Lane
Media release - Chance for artists to display their work

If you have questions or would like more information email arts@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

Cultural Development Officer

The Cultural Development Officer role leads and supports the development of policy, strategies and recommendations in accordance with the Mount Alexander Shire Arts Strategy 2011-2015 to assist Council in making decisions about the provision of quality arts and cultural facilities and programs within the Shire.

The Mount Alexander Shire Cultural Development Officer is based at the Civic Centre, Castlemaine, and can be contacted on (03) 5471 1700 or via email arts@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

Community Grants

Each year Mount Alexander Shire Council allocates funding to support a range of local community-based projects and initiatives through the Strengthening Our Community Grants Scheme.

Venues for hire

There are a number of community venues in the Mount Alexander Shire that are available for hire to the community. These venues include the Phee Broadway Theatre, and the Market Building along with a number of halls and garden rooms within the shire.
Click here for a full list of council managed venues available for hire

Additional venues for hire can be found on the CastlemaineArt website.

Arts & Culture Organisations

Council actively supports local arts and culture organisations including:

Castlemaine Art Museum
Buda Historic Home and Garden
Castlemaine State Festival

As an artist or an arts organization with the Mount Alexander Shire you are encouraged to register for a free profile page on the arts directory for the Shire at Castlemaine Art.


Visit the Exploring our Arts for websites and social media sites that can provide a valuable link to the creative community, and can also be used for marketing and communications.

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