Night Swim

Introducing our Love My Place Grant Winners

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Love My Place Grants 2019-20. Love My Place Grants are part of the City of Port Phillip’s Placemaking Program, offering grants of up to $10,000 to deliver projects in the South Melbourne and Fitzroy Street placemaking precincts.

A total of $89,000 will be awarded for projects to be delivered from January until June 2020. The value of these projects totals $286,584 with co-contributions from the winners. We received a number of amazing applications and have selected 11 activities, five in South Melbourne and six in Fitzroy Street to receive funding as well as one in-kind support offer.

We have enjoyed facilitating the grant recipients’ visions and supporting them through their journey.

Fitzroy Street Winners

St Kilda Illuminations

Brearley Architects + Urbanists & Curator Tom Reed

Rushes is a non-profit exhibition space in St Kilda, run by artists, art workers and curators. They are dedicated to providing the unique platform of an extra-wide projection screen, to showcase contemporary video art from both Australian and international artists. They look forward to working with different artists, in all stages of their careers to explore, experiment and take risks with their video practices, within the public realm.

Into the Water Festival and Dark Water Swim
Linden New Art Inc

There’s no better feeling on a long night in the middle of winter than snuggling up with a hot water bottle in your pyjamas. Especially after an ocean swim under the stars. That’s right. Once the sun sets on June 20th, on the longest night of the year, the brave, the wild and the curious are taking the plunge.

The Longest Night is a midwinter performance, music and swimming festival, calling on you to embrace the un-embraceable. For swimmers and on-lookers alike, join us to bring the night alive in the dead of winter.

Presented by artist Kit Wise and musician Grant Siedle in partnership with Linden New Art celebrating the winter solstice.

Register at to watch, splash and dash or swim the distance. Go on, be brave.

Hotel Esplanade

A three day festival of contemporary art and conversation exploring the not so usual ways people are connected to the ocean.

Melbourne Tramways Band Inc.

The rebirth of a century-old tradition, the Melbourne Tramways Band performs 3 concerts across Fitzroy Street - 15 March at Wilson Real Estate on Fitzroy Street, 28 March in Albert Park and 5 April - Catani Gardens Rotunda.

Fitzroy Street's Five months of Fitness
Melbourne Physiotherapy Pilates & Fitness Group

Prevention is better than cure. The small habits we develop today insures our health for tomorrow. Five Months of Fitness is an initiative aimed at providing high-quality exercise classes at an affordable price to members of the Port Phillip Community. In collaboration with the City of Port Phillip Council, this initiative aims to improve Community access to, and engagement with, professional health and fitness services - and the benefits they impart. Utilizing the beautiful park spaces and beach trails that border Fitzroy Street, Five Months of Fitness shares its vision to work towards a healthier, happier, more connected Community.

Park Gateway - Fitzroy Street

Save Albert Park

Save Albert Park will install a gateway to the Fitzroy Street Precinct of Albert Park Reserve, incorporating plaques that acknowledge traditional ownership of the land and listing its unique features.

South Melbourne Winners

Melbourne Game Jam

JMC Academy

“JMC Academy was proud to host the 10th annual Game Jam and present budding young game designers with the chance to get hands on with like-minded peers! We welcomed over 224 gamers on campus and thanks to the Port Phillip City Council we hope to be able to open our doors for the 11th Game Jam at our new Park street campus in 2021.” Dr John Martin Cass, Founder Director.

The Global Game Jam is the world's largest game creation event. 224 creative people came to collaborate, innovate and experiment in Melbourne’s biggest game creation weekend. This 48 hour challenge occurred on 31 January – 02 February 2020 and produced 52 games.

A community focused event was held later on the 18 February 2020 at the South Melbourne Town Hall, to showcase the games and the introduce the Jammers to the local community. Over 300 jammers, community members and enthusiasts attended the Play party.

The Market Record
Jamie, Dan & Co

The Market Record - An audio tour of South Melbourne Market Village by Jamie, Dan & Co

A listening experience in conversation with the people of the South Melbourne Market Village. Travel through history, memory, taste and smell.

Jamie, Dan and Co create and curate site-responsive multi-art form experiences that engage audiences to become participants. They curiously explore place, love unique experiences and seek new vantage points. Performances often take place in unusual spaces you wouldn’t expect to find art and with people who don’t always consider themselves artists.

This project is due to be completed by the end of June 2020

South Melbourne Sustainable Gardens @ Park Gateway
3000 Acres

Learning about sustainable garden practices in and urban environment. This project aimed to transform South Melbourne's Park Gateway at HH Skinner Reserve into a sustainability haven through a series of educational gardening events and opportunities to grow food and compost scraps in temporary raised beds.

“This project aims to connect people across generations and cultures through a shared love of food and growing. We will bring people together to celebrate cultural significant food crops across the precinct, in the process improving public spaces with edible greenery for all to share."

Due to the COVID19 restrictions, the educational gardening events have gone online. The South Melbourne Sustainability Group, are running a series of Facebook Live gardening workshops between April and June 2020. To tune into these workshops, register your interest, go to South Melbourne Sustainability Group Facebook site.

This project will be completed by end of June 2020.

The Women in Art Exhibition
- SheBuilt

Contemporary Art and Design Exhibition ‘Women in Art’ at 307 -309 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, was due to occur in early April 2020, yet due to COVID19, it has been postponed until August 2020, when restrictions are lifted.

This exhibition will be a collaboration, supporting upcoming female artists in the creative environment.

In the interim, in order to build community spirit and keep South Melbourne’s creativity in motion, two mural artists have created beautiful murals covering the rear walls of the 307-309 Clarendon St building, in Bank Street.

Mural artists Chanel Tang and Goodie (George Goodnow) worked together (but physically separated) to create two murals that join together to brighten up the landscape.

The Women in Art Exhibition will occur in August 2020, dates still to be confirmed.

Mural on Wynyard
- Cloudwine Cellars

A giant mural has been created by Brigitte and Melissa from Melbourne's Murals and runs the length of the Wynyard street building wall. Cloudwine Cellars were the successful grantee and provided the 'canvas' space of approx. 4m high and 20m long.

The mural depicts a tree holding many of birds local to Port Phillip, so that each time someone walks by they may notice a different bird local to the area. This Mural has been well received by community.