Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest applications for the 2025 Artist Commissions open from 15 July 2024.

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Image credit (top, from left to right): Liza Savchuk, Craate Creative. (bottom, from left to right): Illustration by Rachel Gregg, from Moon Sailors (Ford St Publishing), Theresa Harrison, Darren Gill.


Over ten days every May, South Side Festival brings contemporary arts, culture and heritage to the fore across Frankston in a series of performances, exhibitions, installations, experiences and creative outcomes.

Frankston City Council is seeking expressions of interest from creatives for artistic works to be presented within the South Side Festival period. We encourage creatives across all artistic mediums, platforms and career stages to apply, there are no creative restraints so let your imagination run wild!

2025 will be the fourth year of this dynamic series of events and we are so excited to start programming it.


South Side Festival 2025 dates: Friday 9 May to Sunday 18 May 2025

Frankston City Council funding amount for this EOI category: Up to $5,000.00 AUD (plus GST if applicable)

The Artistic Commissions are granted from a pool of $20,000.00 AUD. The maximum amount that can be applied for is $5,000.00 AUD (plus GST if applicable).

Key dates:

15 July 2024: EOIs open 6am

25 August 2024: EOIs close midnight

Successful applicants will be notified by late-September 2024

See below for the commission guidelines. Please note the Smartygrants portal link will not be active until 15 July 6am.

Artist Commissions Guidelines(PDF, 260KB)


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Check out past successful commissions:


Moon Sailors by Naomi Woodward

The Show Goes On by Pony Cam

House of Fast Fashun by Fast Fashun Art Collective

All The People You've Never Met by Joelistics

type-a-poet by Andi Snelling

Sunkland Junction by Emma Ikin

Bird Child Spirit by Peter McIlwain


Electric Garden by LuxVr

MELD x Big Bao

That Song Changed My Life by Mama Alto

Light With Hope – Unity by Jenny Zhe Chang


Architecture of Inner Space by Agata Mayes

When? by Mindy Meng Wang

The Bandwagon South Side Sessions

Murrundaya Yepengna Dance Workshops


Full festival past program brochures can be viewed here and you can explore the events in more detail here.