Arts Flashback

To celebrate Arts Victoria's 40th anniversary we've hit the archives
and uncovered some choice moments in the development of
Victoria's arts sector.

Click on the images below to view the stories and photo galleries, share them with others, and find out how Victoria grew to be the arts and cultural powerhouse it is today.

Julie McGregor, Terence Donovan and Maggie Millar star in Hoopla's production of 'Miss Julie', directed by Roger Pulvers (1979) Photo: Jeff Busby
Julie McGregor, Terence Donovan and Maggie Millar star in Hoopla's production of 'Miss Julie', directed by Roger Pulvers (1979) Photo: Jeff Busby

1976

First arts grants

By 1976/77 the Ministry for the Arts was providing some form of funding support to almost 200 arts and cultural organisations and groups across the State. This spanned visual arts, music (including brass bands and choirs), music theatre, opera, dance, eisteddfods, festivals, crafts and amateur arts, literature, spoken word theatre, youth theatre, arts education, film, photography, community arts programs, and regional art galleries.

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Funding recipients included the new theatre company Hoopla, the first Castlemaine State Festival and a well-regarded youth theatre ensemble called Magic Mushroom Mime Troupe.

The Ministry now had 21 staff and was responsible for the State Library of Victoria; National Gallery of Victoria; Science Museum; National Museum; the State Film Centre and Victorian Film Corporation.

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