Love My Place Grant Winners for 2020 – 2021

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the City of Port Phillip’s Love My Place Grants for 2020-2021 which offers up to $10,000 for each successful recipient.

A total of $100,000 was awarded for projects to be delivered from November 2020 to June 2021.

This year we were overwhelmed at the calibre of the 35 applications received and thank everyone who applied.

Our External Judging Panel consisting of Representatives from Elwood, Fishermans Bend, Fitzroy Street and Acland Street selected 10 amazing projects that will bring back life, colour and activity to our communities, after a tough 2020.


Recipient: Red Stitch Actors' Theatre
Dates: 25–28 March 2021
Location: Alma Park

PLAYlist is a festival of short plays, each inspired by different song and the physical environment in which it is set. Join the Red Stitch ensemble and our extraordinary line-up of guest artists for this unique celebration at the beautiful Alma Park.

Musicians in Alleyways

Recipient: Alex Read Theatre Performance Inc
March – 18 June 2021
Locations: Across the Municipality

Whilst exploring the beautiful bayside city of Port Phillip, you may be lucky enough to catch one of the live alleyway concerts, that are being filmed over the Summer, yet you will not know where until the first note is played.

Sight & Sound

Recipient: Memo Music Hall
2 May 2021
Location: Albert St, St Kilda

Memo Music will deliver an inclusive, COVID-safe indoor / outdoor festival showcasing locally made short films and the best of established and emerging performers, incorporating a diversity of talent and genres from the City of Port Phillip.

Albert Park Contemporary Art Walk

Recipient: Carolyn Menzies
26–28 March 2021
Location: Albert Park

Albert Park will be holding its inaugural Contemporary Art Walk, showcasing art installations from some of Melbourne’s wonderful contemporary artists.

Curbside Carnies

Recipient: Sophie deLightful
6 & 9 December 2020
Locations: Across the Municipality

It’s contactless! It’s distanced! It’s sanitised! It’s circus… for a COVID-world!

Curbside Carnies will roll a custom-built roving stage around the City of Port Phillip. Audiences will be delighted by a variety of circus acts from neighbourhood performers – including hula hooping, juggling, acrobatics, unicycle and fire performance. Suitable for kids of all ages!

Helios – radiating light in a darkening world

Recipient: ILANEL™ Design Studio
April 2021 – Ongoing
Location: St Kilda Road

'Helios' is an interactive street-art mural expanding upon the existing artwork, 'Atlas'. Located in the under-utilised atelier precinct of St Kilda Rd, Helios is proposed to radiate light in a darkening world.

Portal Pop Up

Recipient: Rawcus Theatre Inc.
Dates: 13 March 2021
Location: Elwood or South Melbourne

Portal Pop Up is an interactive installation made by disabled and non-disabled artists. Portal Pop Up invites the audience to step away from the bustling urban environment into a soothing, enchanting space.

Open Arts Day

Recipient: National Theatre
Dates: 20 March 2021
Location: J. Talbot Reserve

A free, COVID-safe, family fun day out, where you can enjoy the talents of The National Theatre Melbourne Drama and Dance students while seizing

the opportunity for children from 3-12 years to take part in free performing arts activities.

Rouse Street Greening Project

Recipient: Rouse Street Community
Dates: November 2020 – 31 March 2021
Location: Rouse Street, Port Melbourne

Rouse Street will bloom to life with planter boxes lined along the nature strips, filled with beautiful Australian indigenous plantings.

"connecting hARTS" St Kilda Peace Festival

Recipient: Planetary Healing Artists Association of Australia
Dates: 20 December 2020
Location: O’Donnell Gardens

This free community festival aims to support and showcase our local artists, musicians, and performers that have been devastated by COVID in 2020. With a theme on creating peace through the arts, it is never timelier than now for such a healing event.

Previous Winners - 2019 - 2020

Melbourne Game Jam

JMC Academy - completed

“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
25/04/2020 - completed

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 created and curated three site-responsive multi-art form experiences that engages audiences to become participants. Local retailers, South Melbourne Market stall holders, customers, staff and families were interviewed and recorded and edited into three engaging audio tours, that will actively guide visitors through the South Melbourne Market precinct and entertain them with stories from the past and present, focused around love, family and change. These Audio tours will be available by end Oct 2020, through the Love South Melbourne App and the South Melbourne Market website.

South Melbourne Sustainable Gardens @ Park Gateway

3000 Acres/ South Melbourne Sustainability Group - completed

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 aimed to connect people across generations and cultures through a shared love of food and growing. We brought 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 went online. The South Melbourne Sustainability Group, ran nine very successful educational Facebook Live gardening workshops with 481 Facebook live event participants and the viewers of the online content reached 4,862 people.

The Worm Towers also have been getting a lot of use from the local residents for composting. Overall the project has contributed in composting over two thousand kilos of kitchen waste from nearly 50 South Melbourne households this year, several hundred more kilos has been composted via the 18 Worm Towers spread between HH Skinner Reserve and Foundry Park and several hundred kilos from the cafes.

A successful activation which achieved its objectives in reactivating the HH Skinner Reserve, educated local residents in sustainable growing techniques and composting and encouraged community health and wellness during an extremely difficult time, through outdoor gardening activity.

The Women in Art Exhibition

- SheBuilt

When: 16 November – 23 December 2020
Where: 307-309 Clarendon St, South Melbourne

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 has been given an extension due to COVID-19 restrictions, and will occur by the end of 2020, dates still to be confirmed.

Mural on Wynyard

Cloudwine Cellars - completed

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 and has received over 2500 likes and shares by the local community and is now included in a Street Art Tour of South Melbourne accessed through the Love South Melbourne App, found on App stores.

St Kilda:

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.

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.

More information coming soon.


Hotel Esplanade

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

Rescheduled for Summer 2021

Melbourne Tramways Band Returns to the Foreshore

Melbourne Tramways Band Inc.

The rebirth of a century-old tradition, the Melbourne Tramways Band performs 3 concerts across Fitzroy Street.

Rescheduled for Late 2020 / Early 2021

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