The Australia Council for the Arts has today announced $9.1
million of investment in Australian arts through the first round of its new
Council Chair Rupert Myer AO said that the Council was delighted with such a
strong response to its new streamlined grants model and peer assessment process,
both the result of a two-year reform process and extensive consultation with
the sector. Mr Myer said that while the round was highly competitive the new
model had broadened opportunities for the arts sector with 273 projects
supported, including 20 per cent from first time applicants.
sector took up the challenge to be culturally ambitious through their artistic
practice and innovative collaborations, proposing projects of scale and
sophistication. It is exciting to see artists and organisations finding new
ways to engage, inspire and challenge audiences across the country and around
the globe,” Mr Myer said.
Australia Council’s legislation charges us with fostering excellence in
Australian arts practice and supporting a diverse range of activities. This
first round in our new grants model has certainly delivered that. The depth and
diversity of projects reflect the breadth of Australian society, and
demonstrate the kind of fearless creativity and freedom of artistic expression of
which Australians should be proud.
peer assessment process used in our grants model ensures these outcomes are
delivered. The 69 expert artistic peers involved in this round brought a wealth
of knowledge and experience to the process. They represented all states and
territories, all art forms, and 28 per cent were from regional Australia, 20
per cent from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and 20 per
cent from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts. ”
20 per cent of the projects are being delivered by artists or organisations
based in regional Australia, ensuring that regional audiences benefit from art
made by artists in their own communities. In addition to this a number of
projects include work toured between metro and regional areas.”
Council is committed to Australia being increasingly known for its great art
and artists, and we will continue to support opportunities which raise the
profile of Australian arts internationally and build new markets and audiences.
We know that one in three artists work globally and that is reflected in the 38
per cent of grant recipients in this round whose main location of project activity
will be overseas. It is a wonderful outcome that this round will support 105
projects from independent artists and small to medium arts organisations to represent
Australia in 34 countries.”
Council Chief Executive Tony Grybowski said the more than 1,700 applications
received from small to medium arts organisations, individuals and groups were bold
and innovative, demonstrating the depth and artistic vibrancy of Australia’s
national arts ecology.
is wonderful to be able to invest in so many projects of such high quality and
adventurous work which will benefit audiences across the country and beyond,”
Mr Grybowski said.
Council received a strong response and many innovative projects in the new
multi-art form category and the dedicated funding for artists with disability.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts also attracted an impressive pool of
applications that highlight the depth and diversity of contemporary Indigenous
$9.1 million investment includes $4.6 million to arts organisations, $3.1
million to individual artists and $1.4 million to groups. It is exciting to
note that 55 per cent of the projects are being undertaken by individual
artists and that we are seeing work that will have benefits and impact well
beyond that one artist.
volume and quality of the applications meant there were many projects of
excellence we were not able to fund in this round, which is part of the 2014-15
Australia Council remains committed to supporting a vibrant and sustainable arts
sector in Australia, and ensuring that this investment provides significant
benefits to the broader Australian public. Our work includes support for artists
at every stage of their career, investment in arts organisations of all sizes,
and strategic investment to develop global markets and audiences.”
Council remains uniquely positioned to be a strong advocate and enabler of
Australian arts, drawing on the extensive arts expertise of its staff and a significant
knowledge base built over almost half a century of supporting the arts in this
country and its effective and active program of engagement with the arts
new grants model opened in January 2015 offering a simpler, more transparent
and accessible model which is more responsive to changing arts practice.
new grants program reduced 140 categories to five, and includes streamlined
criteria and new opportunities to apply for multiple stages of a project in one
offered in the March round: Development grants for individuals and groups valued
at between $5,000 and $25,000; Arts project grants for individuals and groups
valued at between $10,000 and $50,000; Arts project grants for organisations
valued at between $10,000 and $150,000; Development grants of up to $25,000 and
project grants of up to $50,000 for individuals and groups for Artists with
assessed grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts; Arts and
Disability; Community Arts and Cultural Development; Dance; Emerging and
Experimental Arts; Literature; Multi-artform; Music; Theatre; and Visual Arts.
projects have been supported, including 150 by individual artists, 73 by
organisations and 50 by groups of artists.
were received from across the country and $1.7 million has been provided to
artists and arts organisations in regional Australia.
than 20 per cent of projects identified access and participation or audience
engagement as their main focus.
could select which art form panel assessed their application.
previously announced, due to the significant impact of the 2015-16 budget
measures on Australia Council funding, the June grant round, including
government programs, will not proceed and the Six-Year Funding for Arts
Organisations category has been suspended.
Existing applications can be assessed within the September round, which
closes on 1 September. This round will
include multi-year project support for individual artists and arts
Link to the Awarded Grants page here.
apply, go to: www.australiacouncil.gov.au
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