Visual Arts and Craft Strategy (VACS)

The Australia Council delivers the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy (VACS), which is a formal agreement between the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to support the Australian contemporary visual arts sector by providing directed funding for individual artists, arts and craft organisations, arts events and artist run initiatives.

A new framework for VACS was agreed at the Meeting of Cultural Ministers (MCM) in October 2014, for implementation during 2015-16. The refreshed strategy provides a commitment of $27.3 million from the Australian Government with matching contributions from the states and territories.

The refreshed strategy provides a commitment to support contemporary visual artists and arts organisations to maintain a sustainable visual arts sector in Australia. The strategy also aims to deepen audience engagement with visual arts and craft, expand markets and enhance international connections,  ensure opportunities for Australian contemporary visual artists, provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and build stronger, more resilient visual arts and craft organisations.

Organisations funded through VACS and additional organisations nominated by the states and territories were invited to apply by 1 September 2015. A peer panel with representation from all states and territories met on 28-29 September 2015 to assess the 44 applications.  Recommendations from the peers and levels of funding were discussed and negotiated with the state and territory arts agencies before notifications were released in November 2015. VACS four-year funding agreements for the 36 successful National Leadership organisations and National Initiatives commenced from 1 January 2016.

The VACS logos can be accessed here.

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