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Deaf artist Bryan Baggio aka Krista Herrington performs at The Cocoa Butter Club: Midsumma Special 2018. Photo Alexis D. Lea

Midsumma Pathways: Applications Open

Midsumma Festival is offering a new professional development program for queer artists with disability. It is for a select group wanting to deepen their creative practice and learn in a supportive artistic environment. The program is called Midsumma Pathways.

Midsumma Pathways will develop skills and build capacity for participants, introducing you to professional LGBTQIA+ artists through workshops and mentorships.

Professional artists and arts workers lead Midsumma Pathways. This program will cover essential subjects in making art as a queer person with disability within a queer environment. You will also have the opportunity to co-design elements of the program to suit your needs and goals.

Inclusivity and diversity are vitally important to Midsumma Festival. We are an organisation that creates safe and inclusive places for all people. Midsumma Pathways builds on the goal of Midsumma Festival to be as accessible as possible.

During Midsumma Festival 2018, there was a high increase in Auslan interpreted and audio described events, and a large-scale tactile art installation at Midsumma Carnival, made in collaboration with Description Victoria and Slow Art Collective. We also reward our Event Producers who actively make accessible events.

Applications are open until midnight Thursday 31 May 2018

You can apply to be a part of Midsumma Pathways in several ways:

  • You can use the online html form in the Apply Online button below.
  • You may also apply with a video or audio recording.
  • You can contact John Pyburn at [email protected] or by phoning 03 9296 6600 to get a plain text version of the questions in the form.

Midsumma is National Relay Service ready
Contact the National Relay Service during business hours on 133 677 or via, then ask for 03 9296 6600.



What is Midsumma?

Midsumma is an arts organisation and we work with artists who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual.

We run a festival every year called Midsumma Festival.

We also run programs where artists can learn and develop their practice.


What is Midsumma Pathways?

Midsumma Pathways is a program for artists. In this program you will:
  • participate in workshops
  • be mentored
  • network with like-minded peers
  • develop skills for creative industries


Is this program for me?

If you answer "yes" to all of the following questions then this program is for you.

Are you?
  1. an artist, performer, dancer, musician, writer or producer?
  2. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual? Or queer-identifying in some ways
  3. A person who identifies as Deaf, living with disability, or having mental health issues?


Tell me more about the workshops

In this program you will attend three workshops. When you attend the workshops you will:
  • Meet other artists
  • Learn new ideas
  • Discuss your artistic practice
  • Participate in activities that will help you think about your practice in new ways


Where are the workshops?

All workshops will be held in or around Melbourne.


When are the workshops?

The dates for these workshops are:
  • Workshop 1: Friday 13 July to Saturday 14 July 2018. This workshop will run for 2 days.
  • Workshop 2: Friday 10 August 2018
  • Workshop 3: Friday 14 September 2018

All workshops will start at 10am and finish at 5pm. There may be optional activities in the evening after each workshop.

You must attend all workshops as part of the program.

We will shape the content of the workshops around the needs of successful applicants.


How does the mentorship work?

You will spend approximately two one-on-one sessions with your mentor, and your mentor will attend the workshop series and facilitate sessions with the entire group.

Tell us about your ideal mentor when you apply to be part of the program, and we will find a mentor for you.


How do I apply?

You have to apply to participate in Midsumma Pathways.

Not everyone who applies can participate in Midsumma Pathways. We only accept a small number of people into the program.

To apply you will need to complete a form online. You can apply in writing or in a video (spoken English or Auslan).

Applications close Thursday 31 May at midnight. We will tell you in early June if your application is successful.


What else do I get?

Successful applicants will also receive:
  • Free event registration for Midsumma Festival 2019 (if you want to produce an event in the festival)
  • A VIP pass to Midsumma Festival 2019 as well as free tickets to some events

Apply Online

Applications are open until midnight Thursday 31 May 2018

Apply Online Here

If writing is a barrier for you, you can submit your application via audio recording or video instead. If appropriate, use Auslan in your application video (we'll arrange to get it professionally interpreted for the selection panel).


Talk to us

We encourage you to speak with Midsumma's friendly staff before you apply. And contact us if you need help completing the application by calling 03 9296 6600 or emailing [email protected].

Midsumma is National Relay Service ready: contact the National Relay Service during business hours on 133 677 or via, then ask for 03 9296 6600.


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14 Jan — 04 Feb 2018
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