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 look forward to facilitating the grant recipients’ visions and supporting them through their journey.

Please help us celebrate!

Fitzroy Street
Date: Monday 3 February
Time: 5 pm to 7 pm
Location: The Prince Deck, 2 Acland Street, St Kilda
Light refreshments provided
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South Melbourne
Date: Saturday February 15
Time: 10AM – 5PM
Location: Wynyard Street, South Melbourne

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.

South Melbourne Winners

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.

Melbourne Game Jam
- JMC Academy

“JMC Academy is proud to be hosting the 10th annual Game Jam and present budding young game designers with the chance to get hands on with like-minded peers! We are excited to welcome over 240 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 Market Record
- Jamie, Dan & Co

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

A collection of varied oral histories to create a multi-perspective audio tour of the Market Village precinct, meeting at (but not limited to) the South Melbourne Market.

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.

South Melbourne Sustainable Gardens @ Park Gateway
3000 Acres

Learning about sustainable garden practices in and urban environment. “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.

Residents will have opportunities to live more sustainable lives through reducing organic waste going to landfill, and growing local food which reduces food miles and packaging. We think the opportunity to undertake these activities is even more essential in a high-density precinct such as this, where few have room to grow or compost at home”

Contemporary Art & Design Exhibition
- She Built

A collaboration, supporting upcoming female artists in the creative environment. An exhibition of local female art and design to be held in Clarendon St.

Mural on Wynyard
- Cloudwine Cellars

A giant mural running along Wynyard Street building wall. Cloudwine will provide 'canvas' space of approx. 4m high and 20m long.