With Melbourne in stage four lockdown and our own regional area in stage three, CSF remains resolute in our mission to assist our artists and local creative businesses during this pandemic. We continue to pursue initiatives with an aim to improve the lives of our local community affected by this most extraordinary situation.

We have just announced the recipients of our COVID-19 Commissions project, WE ARE HERE, providing the opportunity for seven local artists working in the fields of performing arts and projection/visual installation arts to receive support from a pool of $15,000 to create new works, with a potential opportunity for presentation in CSF 2021.

And now, we are excited to announce a series of Goods Shed Arts (GSA) venue offers extended to artists and creative industry workers in the shire of Mount Alexander and surrounding region as part of our commitment to offer relief to our creative community at this time.

Applicants simply need to use the below form to express interest in taking part!


Venue Hire Sessions:

Be one of 20 applicants invited to ‘come and try’ one of the various spaces available in our new home at the Castlemaine Goods Shed, from meeting rooms to a desk in our co-working areas. You can apply to use any of the spaces from one hour to one day – but with only one session per applicant we’ll be offering this on a first come, first served basis.


Or, for the creators amongst you, we are offering three separate one-week long residencies for creative developments, which includes use of the GSA Creative Space and Residency Room for a whole week – plus the opportunity to receive feedback on work in development by the artistic teams at CSF and/or Punctum

Longer-term Tenancies:

For anyone interested in signing a 12-month tenancy agreement for a resident desk in GSA’s co-working space we will give you one month rent free!

While we are endeavoring to allow this activity to take place from early November 2020, we remain at the mercy of movement and venue capacity limitations, so the dates available are subject to change dependent on COVID restrictions.

Artist Clinic:

Also on the table, Glyn Roberts, CSF Festival Director, will be offering his time on Thursday afternoons from 3 September to talk (virtually for now) with local artists to provide advice on project ideas and developments, to reflect on your practice and pitches in a time of COVID, or to bounce ideas around on your creative careers in general. We hope this will become a regular happening that can be shared by small groups in the beautiful surrounds of the Goods Shed, so would love to hear if this is also of interest to you.

For now, check out the photos of the GSA spaces and sign up for eNews to ensure you hear about our virtual launch of GSA in Spring.