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Artist Call Out

WinterWild 2020

We’re on the look-out for new work


WinterWild is calling out to artists for contribution to our 2020 program. This might be an existing work, an adaptation of an existing work, or a new work created specifically for the festival.


WinterWild was born out of the uncertainty that followed the 2015 Christmas Day bushfires on the Great Ocean Road. It has now established itself as a festival with a unique character that draws on the tempestuous nature of the Otways winter, the dramatic coastal landscape and some harsh local history. It’s a festival of all arts.


We are looking to support artists through the process of developing new work that engages directly with the local Otways community and/or environment.


This could take the form of:A site specific durational performance or series of spatial and temporal investigations;A short residency to research and develop work on site, the outcome or open studio to be included in the festival program;A solo or group exhibition/artist talk/workshop/performance event/screening;A video/audio essay, radio play, podcast or text based project to be showcased on the WinterWild website and at festival events;A series of environmental interventions or ephemeral works;An expanded cinema or live sound performance;Any other work that is exciting, original and would make an interesting contribution to the local culture.



Some programming staples are already well-established. A program of free outdoor performances and events known as the DogWatch takes place on the Apollo Bay foreshore and harbour on Friday and Saturday nights. Live music events are staged in The Mech and other local venues. The Mech also hosts a food event known as Feastiality which brings together local produce, a theatrical approach to its preparation, and challenging live performance. An outdoor dance party on the shores of the harbour closes the festival and welcomes Spring.


This year’s programming will be inspired and shaped by the idea of a beacon; a beacon as a warning, a beacon as a lure, a beacon as an inspiration. At the foot of the lighthouse, darkness reigns.



What WinterWild can offer:


A fantastic natural environment;

An enthusiastic support team;

Venue, production, permits, marketing, mentoring;

A fee or door deal, assistance with grant applications;

A site visit and possible accommodation for the opportunity to research and explore.


WinterWild can suggest a range of venues and sites, both indoors and out:


The Mechanics Institute Hall (The Mech)

The Community Centre (formerly the Senior Citizens Centre)

The Apollo Bay Surf Livesaving Club

Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

Arts Inc Gallery (attached to The Mech)

Great Ocean Road Brewhouse and Apollo Bay Hotel

Various cafés and restaurants

The Cape Otway Lightstation

The Foreshore (including the WW brazier)

The Harbour

The Sailing Club


This is not an exhaustive guide and we’d be happy to explore new territory.

There are no formal limitations.

However, we are specifically interested in work that occupies the spaces around our established programming traditions.

How to Apply

There are no forms or online complications.

We’d just like to see what it is you’ve done, and what you’d like to do as part of the WinterWild program.

Send us some examples of your work, a brief bio and a description of your proposed work. Include a preferred venue if you have one as well as dates and times. Tell us how it fits with the festival theme. Tell us what you need in terms of support from the festival: production (light, sound etc), site facilities, volunteers, a financial deal. Don’t make it too long – if it’s a good idea, you won’t need to push too hard. Make sure you include your full contact details.

The festival committee will look at all proposals and may come back to you to discuss further details. We hope to have all decisions finalised by the end of April.

WinterWild runs on a very tight budget and is based in a small town by the sea. We do not have a lot of resources at our fingertips. Your chances of being involved are made far more likely if you can be clever with your use of resources and largely self-sufficient.


Send your proposal to:


Deadline: 5pm Friday 27 March

WinterWild diversity Statement

WinterWild is held on Gadubanud Country. Sovereignty was never ceded. Respect to the Elders, the holders of knowledge and keepers of stories. 

Walk softly, this place and its people are important to us.

With the exception of the myriad Indigenous nations, we are a country of immigrants. Strength lies in diversity and all are welcome around the fire.

We don’t care about what colour you are on the outside, we’re much more interested in what you have going on inside. We don’t care where you come from, we just like it that you’ve arrived here.

The individual expression of gender and sexuality is a beautiful thing. Keep doing that. We love you.

WinterWild is a secular festival. Ethics and morals are personal and ambiguous. Hold to your beliefs and respect the right of others to do the same.   

Human communities are ecosystems, dependent on complexity in order to thrive.  Let’s thrive together.

Welcome to WinterWild.