The Australia Council
for the Arts has today announced a $6.1 million investment through its latest
The funding will support 221 projects
delivered by 147 individual artists, 25 groups and 49 small-to-medium arts
organisations across Dance, Music, Theatre, Literature, Emerging and
Experimental Arts, Community Arts and Cultural Development, and Visual Arts.
The latest grants round saw increasing
numbers of applicants incorporating the use of emerging technologies, such as
computer programming, 3D scanning, and Virtual and augmented reality. The round
also attracted high numbers of first-time applicants, as well as increasing
numbers of applications from regional and remote areas.
Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski
said he was impressed by the ambitious projects as well as the consistent diversity of applicants,
which demonstrates the effectiveness of the Australia Council’s grants program.
“Since the new grants model opened in
early 2015 we have received nearly 10,000 applications and we’re seeing an
increasingly diverse range of artists creating and presenting art in new and
innovative ways. We’re excited to be able to empower artists to push boundaries
and deliver compelling works,” Mr Grybowski said.
Many of the works funded will appear in
major festivals, such as the Adelaide Biennial or the Biennale of Sydney, as
well as MONA FOMA, which attract hundreds of thousands of regional and
international visitors, providing a boost to local economies.
In addition to project grants the
Council’s career development grants support artists at key moments in their
careers and create long term benefits for both the individual and their
“We’re proud to be able to support
Australia’s artists to develop the skills and networks they need to create
great art and expand to reach new audiences across Australia and the world. We
can’t underestimate what powerful cultural ambassadors our artists are for
Australia,” Mr Grybowski said.
Some highlights include:
Reality artist Josh Harle (NSW) will receive funding for an experimental lab
allowing a group of Australian artists to explore the possibilities of emerging
Limited (VIC) will be supported to work with young people in Far North QLD to
create contemporary art, working in partnership with Indigenous Elders, as well
as local and emerging artists.
Klein (QLD) will receive funding for her touring operatic performance and sound
installation using audio and video feeds taken from inside the body of a
Indie rock band Rudely Interrupted (VIC) made up of people with
disability will be supported to travel to Berlin for the Arts and Disability
Australia Council grant applications are
selected through a rigorous process of peer assessment by a panel of experts
with knowledge and experience across all areas of artistic practice.
applicants made up 35% of applications received this round, and represented 20%
of all successful applications.
- 19% of grants
funding was awarded to applicants based in remote and regional Australia.
- Of the 101 peers
used to assess the June round, 31% were based in regional and remote areas, 22%
identified as culturally and linguistically diverse, 21% identified as First
Nations, and 7% identified as people with disability.
A full list of the grants outcomes can
be found on the Australia Council for the Arts grants register.
The closing date for the next grants
round is October 3rd, 2017.
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