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The Mordant Family VR Commission

ACMI is joining forces with the City of Melbourne and Catriona and Simon Mordant AM to launch the Mordant Family VR Commission: a three year commitment to Australian visual artists, stimulating cross disciplinary collaboration to produce bold new and ambitious works using virtual reality (VR) and associated technology.

Open to mid-career and established visual artists, the Mordant Family VR Commission supports gallery-based practitioners to move into VR, encouraging experimentation and enabling the creation of ambitious artworks that push the limits of technology to engage audiences in new ways.

Awarded annually, the Mordant Family VR Commission recipient will be granted $80,000 for the development and creation of a new work. Commissions will be selected by a panel of national and international industry experts including Director of the Shepparton Art Museum Rebecca Coates; leading futurist, author and entrepreneur, Mark Pesce; ACMI Chief Experience Officer Seb Chan and ACMI Senior Curator ACMI Sarah Tutton, co-chaired by Simon Mordant AM and ACMI CEO and Director Katrina Sedgwick.

In addition to financial support, the recipient will receive expert advice and support from ACMI in the development phase, as well as a work space in ACMI’s vibrant Southbank co-working studio for the screen industries, ACMI X. Ultimately, works will be presented to the public and an edition accessioned into ACMI’s collection.


Applicants should complete the application form  and submit this along with a one-page proposal outlining the project, which includes the form the work is likely to take, an explanation of the subject, themes and ideas, as well as details of artistic and technical collaborators.

In addition applicants should supply a one-page production schedule, a one-page budget, a one-page curriculum vitae/resume (not a biography) outlining exhibition history and up to three examples of previous work (of no more than five minutes duration).

Applicants are required to submit seven (7) copies of their application and seven (7) copies of their support material.

All support material should be clearly labelled with the applicant’s name and project title.


Application Deadline
Applications for the Mordant Family VR Commission are open from Tuesday 28 February 2017 until Thursday 13 April 2017, 5pm AEST.


Applications should be addressed to

The Mordant Family VR Commission
4/2 Kavanagh St
Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3006

The successful applicant will be announced in May 2017.


The Mordant Family VR Commission supports:

We are not able to fund projects retrospectively.

Artists need to be able to commit to the production period and it must be possible for ACMI to maintain regular contact throughout the production process.

To be classified as an Australian artist, the artist must be either:

In summary, the commission is looking for a project that: