Arts Programs

Our Arts and Cultural programs are driven by a single objective: To make arts and culture an everyday experience in our city. 

We design our programs in response to the needs and aspirations of our community including; residents, artists, arts organisations and businesses.

We take a holistic approach, from developing and delivering our arts and cultural activities, through to designing unique public spaces and environments. Our aim is to be creative, flexible, nimble and responsive, and to highlight our local creative sector to advance our cultural, social, environmental and economic development. 

Our Arts and Cultural Strategy sets out a strategic framework that guides Council action to sustain the municipality’s cultural vibrancy. Yarra has a high percentage of residents who are creative artists, musicians and performers. It is our aim to make arts and culture in Yarra easier to practice and easier to participate in.

Council seeks formal advice on its arts and cultural policies, strategies and initiatives through the Yarra Arts Advisory Committee (YAARTS) and its subcommittees, the Visual Arts Panel (VAP) and Room to Create Panel. The Committees are comprised of community members from Yarra based arts and cultural organisations, artists and creative industries.

View our current Pick Me Up guide: your guide to arts, culture and events in Yarra.

  • Arts Development

    The Arts Development Program supports practicing artists in any art form to create and present work.

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  • Collection

    The Art and Heritage Collection includes over 800 items of memorabilia, heritage objects and contemporary art

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  • Community Arts

    The Community Arts Program addresses areas which have previously prevented people from experiencing the arts.

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  • Festivals and Events

    The Festivals and Events Program brings people together and is a drawcard for both locals and tourists. 

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  • Indigenous Arts

    Through developing specific arts events, festivals and visual art projects we highlight the relevance and importance of Indigenous social history and cultural life

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  • Public Art

    The Public Art Program comprises an existing collection as well as commissioning new works in public spaces. We also support private commissions of publicly visible art.

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  • Room to Create

    Our Room to Create Program aims to keep the arts in Yarra by supporting eligible artists and arts organisations and fostering more affordable and sustainable creative spaces.

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  • Visual Arts

    The Visual Arts Program works closely with galleries within Yarra's extensive network as well as providing artists with affordable spaces to exhibit their work.

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