New Investment in Australian Artists

Date posted: 
12 May 2011

The Australia Council for the Arts welcomes the budget announcement of $10 million in new funding for artists.

The initiative will support artists across all artforms to deliver new artistic works, undertake fellowships and create additional presentations to Australian audiences over the next five years as part of the Government's commitment to invest in a creative Australia.

"The Australia Council has long been committed to increasing funds for artists and their work," says Kathy Keele, CEO of the Australia Council. "So we're pleased to see this investment in these three key grant areas, which will not only support artists to create new work, but will ultimately give Australian audiences access to new and diverse creative experiences."  

Through the initiative, grants of up to $80,000 will be available for new work and up to $50,000 for additional presentations to Australian audiences. It also provides for fellowships for Australia's young and emerging and mid career artists.

"Our Artist careers research shows that a lack of time, work opportunities and financial return from creative work are the major factors inhibiting artist's careers," says Kathy. "So these grants are an important step in providing the time, space and financial support needed for them to simply create inspiring work."  

"The investment in presentation is also crucial," continued Kathy. "If our artists are busily creating new work, we have to make sure audiences can access it - particularly to communities outside of major metropolitan areas. So, this is good news for artists, but also for Australian audiences."

The Australia Council will promote the new opportunities as they become available through its funding forums, marketing campaigns and online resources. Council will specifically focus on attracting applications from artists facing specific access barriers such as artists with a disability, artists from non-English speaking and culturally diverse backgrounds, and artists in regional and remote areas.

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