Horizon Festival - Online for 2020 // 28 Aug - 6 Sep 2020

Homegrown - Local Artist Commissions

2020. A deceptively auspicious sounding year that has been anything but. 2020 has been upheaval en masse and we find ourselves in the epicentre of a profound paradigm shift.

Artists have an opportunity to capture this extraordinary moment in time through their art and experiment with new ways of working, new forms and thinking outside the box in terms of modes of delivery.

Horizon Festival, supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), is calling for submissions from Sunshine Coast-based artists to create new projects and/or work as part of Homegrown – a new initiative developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homegrown aims to support the region’s local artists to develop and present work across all art forms – music, visual arts, dance, theatre, film, comedy, words + ideas, film, interdisciplinary – that specifically respond to 2020 and the extraordinary times in which we find ourselves.

A total of six (6) projects or works will be commissioned and presented over three months (June to August) as part of the reimagined Horizon Festival 2020.

Key Dates

Submissions will be accepted in three rounds, with delivery in the last two weeks of the calendar month in July and August.

Round 2 - July

  Applications open

  1 June

  Applications close

  14 June

  Artists notified

  16 June

  Project delivery window  

  17 - 31 July  


Round 3 - August

  Applications open

  1 July

  Applications close

  14 July

  Artists notified

  16 July

  Project delivery window  

  16 - 30 August  



The project, activity or experience can occur anytime during the delivery window.  It might be a one-off event or something that happens more than once (e.g. every day at the same time).  It can take place online, in your house, your backyard, or on top of a mountain. It just needs to adhere to the current COVID-19 restrictions, and be able to be shared via a digital platform, including but not limited to Live Streaming, Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube. If you’re unsure of the best format, we can help you find the right platform for your idea.

Who can apply?

Horizon Festival welcomes applications established artists living and creating on the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area (LGA). We strongly encourage submissions from Kabi Kabi and Jinibara artists and all people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

We suggest all applicants contact Horizon Festival prior to applying to discuss your project. Please contact Amie Moffat – amie.moffat@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au


Applicants can apply for up to $3,000 AUD per project. The amount requested must include all fees, materials and additional expenses. Horizon Festival will provide a producer to support the successful applicant with the delivery of their work. All projects selected will be presented as free events in the Horizon Festival online program.

Selection Criteria

All applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The artist is resides on the Sunshine Coast (must be located in the Sunshine Coast Council LGA)
  • The artist has an established & excellent artistic practice
  • The project demonstrates clear artistic merit and alignment to the Homegrown concept
  • The project demonstrates viability, particularly around budget, timeframes and mode of delivery

Apply Now

Once you have read the above guidelines and have discussed your application with Horizon Festival, please apply here via Smarty Grants.



Homegrown is supported The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.