Signature Works

Key Dates

Applications open: 28 October 2019

Applications close: 6 February 2020 11.59pm (AEDT)

Project start date: 1 May 2020

Amount: 

a) $25,000 for Story Production: an invitation-only opportunity for selected Story Development recipients to apply for Story Production funding.

b) $10,000 for Professional and Market Development: an invitation-only opportunity for all Story Production recipients to apply for funding to assist with professional and market development. 

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About the opportunity

Signature creative works impact artists, audiences and markets. The richness of creative ideas translated to an engaging experience for audiences, furthers market growth opportunities and provides an insight into the vitality and vibrancy of First Nations arts in the national and international arts landscape. The evolution of the Australian arts canon relies on the ability of First Nations artists to voice the dynamism of the times they are immersed in; and to be supported to realise that vision through a range of platforms that broaden the reach for their creativity.


Eligibility

By invitation only.


Assessment criteria

a) Story Production

1.  The strength of the project concept and the ability to scale

  • clear articulation of creative process
  • can the project be amplified creatively, through presentation or through market engagement?
  • partnerships and/or long-term sustainability
  • clear outline of income, expenses and in-kind contributions
  • costed project budget activities

2.  The artistic merit of the concept

  • vision, ideas and artistic rationale
  • level of innovation, ambition, experimentation or risk-taking
  • significance of work within area of practice

3.  The cultural integrity of the project

  • adherence to relevant cultural protocols
  • evidences of considered consultations and engagement with participants, audiences and communities
  • timeliness and relevance of work

4.  Experience of the artists and/or arts workers involved, with skills appropriate to the project.

  • demonstrated ability, skills and creative thinking
  • quality of work previously produced
  • public or peer response to work previously produced

b) Professional and Market Development

1.  The strength of the project concept

  • rigour and clear articulation of creative process
  • can the project be amplified creatively, through presentation or through market engagement?

2.  The viability of the activity planned

  • effective use of resources with realistic and achievable planning
  • level of confirmation of proposed activities and partners
  • partnerships and/or long-term sustainability
  • clear outline of income, expenses and in-kind contributions
  • costed project activities

3.  Professional development benefits for the applicant and the art form involved

  • capacity to strengthen skills and abilities of artists/arts professionals
  • potential to discover and develop new markets, or meet existing demand
  • relevance and timeliness of activity

4.  Experience of the artists and/or arts workers involved, with skills appropriate to the project.

  • demonstrated ability, skills and creative thinking
  • quality of work previously produced
  • public or peer response to work previously produced

Assessment process

Applications will be assessed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy Panel.


Support material

  • letters of support (optional)
  • artistic support material (optional)

Download the RTF version of these guidelines. 


Contact

To discuss your application, please contact:

Airlie Welch: Project Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts

E: a.welch@australiacouncil.gov.au

Ph: (02) 9215 9167

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