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Commissioning new work supports an act of creation, of bringing into being … moments that otherwise would never have existed. Commissions challenge all those involved in the process: they are tough purposeful ventures that require time, space, patience, grit, trust, respect and acceptance. Commissions are financially demanding as well as being fulfilling and exhilarating. They should be unpredictable, risky and on the edge. If failure is not a possibility, the challenge hasn’t been taken seriously enough.”

— Rupert Myer AO, Commissioning Circle member

One of RISING’s distinguishing features is its emphasis on new commissions by leading Australian and international artists, as well as large-scale, participatory public art events.

RISING’s Commissioning Circle helps us invest in local artists now. It guides leading national and international artists to create and develop ambitious works that bring people together.

Members gain access to the festival’s Artistic Directors and curatorial team, updates about plans and future commissions, and are invited to exclusive events that bring you behind the scenes and into the creative process.

RISING works with artists and producers to make original, commissioned productions over several years across multiple festivals.

Our commitment is genuine and our investment is significant, but we need your support for this ambitious initiative. The time-cycle for collaborating with artists and producers to make original works is not a quick turnaround and takes place across multiple festivals.

As such, members of the Commissioning Circle make an annual tax-deductible donation of $10,000 per annum for a minimum of three years.

To learn more about our Commissioning Circle, and how you can be involved, please contact our Fundraising Manager:

03 9652 8626

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