Small Town Transformations

Following an intensive application and shortlisting process, six small Victorian towns have each received $350,000 for a significant artistic project with lasting legacy as part of the Victorian Government’s Small Town Transformations initiative.

After an exciting period of discussion, research and sharing of ideas within small towns of less than 2,000 people across the state, 73 inspiring projects from 71 towns were put forward for assessment by an independent selection panel. 14 towns were shortlisted, and now we look forward to the six successful transformations commencing in August 2016 with projects to be completed by October 2018.

The six towns selected for Small Town Transformations are:

  • Birregurra – for their project enLIGHTen Me: I Have a Hall in my Heart
  • Girgarre – for their project Girgarre Revival: The Sound of Our Spirit Rising
  • Lake Tyers Beach – for their project FLOAT
  • Narrawong – for their project Kang-o-Meerteek
  • Rainbow – for their project The Oasis: Creativity on the Edge of the Desert
  • Western Port Waterline Townships – from Pioneer Bay to Coronet Bay – for their project The Edge of Us

Visit the Small Town Transformations website.

The Small Town Transformations program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million regional arts package in the 2015-16 State Budget.

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Regional Arts Victoria presented the first Small Town Transformations on behalf of the Victorian Government from 2012 to 2014. Those five projects were:

  • Avoca – The Garden of Fire and Water
  • Dookie – Dookie Earthed
  • Natimuk – The Verj
  • Neerim South – Neerim Bower: Inspired by Birds
  • Ouyen – Mallee Up In Lights

View more about the past projects

Small Town Transformations invites Victorians to think big about how art can transform their town.