Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe announce Take Over! 2020 Artists

APN-Joel-BrayArts Centre Melbourne in partnership with Melbourne Fringe return to present the fourth year of the Take Over! commission with a brand new approach. The Take Over! program has commissioned 10 artists/companies to make unique works which will be developed online and presented during Melbourne Fringe 2020.

The Take Over! program supports independent, visionary artists to push their creative boundaries. This year, they have been asked to develop a work that will include a two-week at-home residency culminating in a final event during Melbourne Fringe in November, which could be performed live or online.

“We received a staggering 94 applications for this project from Victorian independent artists – bold, courageous and inspiring ideas from many of our leading performance makers,” said Arts Centre Melbourne Creative Producer, Theatre & Contemporary Performance, Daniel Clarke. “Reflecting on the artists that have been selected I am excited by the breadth of life experience that the 2020 Take Over! artists bring to the program.”

From July to September, the two-week online residencies will be a chance for the artists to explore and connect with their audiences during their creative developments. Practicing within a Coronavirus landscape – this new-found way of working – will be a crucial part to their artistic process and realising the outcomes of the work.

“Spanning dance, theatre, spoken word, music, live art and installation we asked artists to consider their relationship with their audience, both online and in real life. I’m confident that this year’s Take Over! will result in many new works being created, works that capture a moment in time and ignite the imaginations of both our artists and audiences,” says Clarke.

At the beginning of each residency, the artists will introduce themselves and give a short introduction to the work they will be developing. By the end of the fortnight, the artists will engage with their audiences online; opening their creative process through streaming their content – all of which will be live captioned. Then, come November, all commissioned works will be presented together as part of a one-off durational event during Melbourne Fringe. Details for this to be announced in due course.

“Take Over! 2020 will be epic. Its durational format, bold artist choices and unique approach to creating work will result in an event that will be constantly surprising as it shifts form and focus over its extended duration,” says Melbourne Fringe Creative Director and CEO, Simon Abrahams. “Can you imagine anything more quintessentially 2020 than that?”

Take Over! has been commissioning exciting and ambitious world-premiere works annually since 2017. Previously, the successful artists received commissioning funds of $30,000. This year, in response to the global pandemic, Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe wanted to give more artists the opportunity to create and present new works. As such, Take Over! has invested in the development of 10 new projects.

Previous Take Over! works include 2017’s Discordia by The Discordiants (James Andrews, Gabi Barton, Holly Durant, Benjamin Hancock, Simone Page Jones, Hannah Fox and Will & Garrett Huxley); 2018’s Colossus by Stephanie Lake Company and 2019’s What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD) by Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen / Deep Soulful Sweats.

For more information about Take Over! 2020, visit: for details.

Image: Joel Bray (supplied)

The 10 successful artists selected for Take Over! 2020 are:
1. Brian Lipson and Mark Wilson:
The History of the Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Doctor John Faustus
Residency final outcome: Saturday 25 July – 2.00pm

2. Marcus Ian McKenzie:
The Crying Room
Residency final outcome: Saturday 1 August – 2.00pm

3. Karma Dance – Govind Pillai and Raina Peterson:
We’ve been here before
Residency final outcome: Saturday 8 August – 2.00pm

4. David Williams:
Residency final outcome: Saturday 15 August – 2.00pm

5. Joel Bray:
Giraru Galing Ganhagirri (The Wind Will Bring Rain)
Residency final outcome: Saturday 22 August – 2.00pm

6. Jonathan Homsey with Maggie Zhu and Maggie Chen:
I Am Maggie
Residency final outcome: Saturday 29 August – 2.00pm

7. Moira Finucane:
I Miss You Antarctica
Residency final outcome: Saturday 5 September – 2.00pm

8. Soreti Kadir:
Namummaa fi Wantoota Namummaa Qancarson – Humanness And What It Took
Residency final outcome: Saturday 12 September – 2.00pm

9. Kate Hood:
Queen Esme of Collingwood
Residency final outcome: Saturday 19 September – 2.00pm

10. Casey Jenkins (Sh):
Project specifics to be announced in the coming months
Residency final outcome: Saturday 26 September – 2.00pm