The Scratch Story
Scratch Arts is a Naarm (Melb) based contemporary and queer production house that has been delighting audiences through theatre and events since 2015.
Scratch Arts begun as a large community arts space based in North Melbourne offering 20 artist studios, a 600 person capacity events space, a theatre and a gallery. Throughout its operations Scratch has been the recipient of grants and support from many government bodies, corporations and supporters of the arts.
In recent years Scratch Arts has had the pleasure of producing a large hub of events for Midsumma Festival, partnering with South Side Festival and touring works regionally and interstate.
Scratch Arts is also well known in Melbourne for the monthly performance art club night, Blankë Pop, an event that has delighted audiences since 2018, and that regularly tours to regional Victoria and interstate.
Through producing works with professional contemporary and queer Australian artists Scratch Arts aims to raise the profile of their art and make it accessible to mainstream non-theatre-going audiences. We aim to experiment, push boundaries and delight audiences through physical theatre, circus, performance art and community art.
Our Reviews & Media
Video interview with Dean Arcuri on our recent hub of art at the Mission to Seafarers as a part of Midsumma Festival
Interview with Joy 94.9 for our recent Midsumma hub
Interview with Antithesis Journal
"...uniquely valuable to the current creative landscape and their tenacity for bringing the queer community together, through a multifarious array of independent events and productions over the years, has been a testament to their resourceful nature."
- Elizabeth Dawson-smith (Independant producer)
"...Scratch and the large team of creatives have become an integral part of the fabric of our festival, reliably creating a unique and engaging theatre space for our festival."
- Samuel Clemens (Burning Seed Theme Camps Team Lead)
"A place where creative creatures of the night can come together to bask in bodacious art."
- Maximus Retro (Photographer)
"Warm creative collaborative community celebrating unique voices."
- Charlotte Roberts (Singer)
"Fantabulous collaboration of expressive wonder proudly hosted by wonderful people."
- Amber Moore (Audience)