Joy dishes the arts grants

By 11 December, 2013 23

Joy Burch is playing Santa to arts organisations with our money:

“I am pleased the ACT Government continues to provide strong access to, and participation in, the arts for our community through the ACT Arts Fund,” Ms Burch said.

“The 2014 funding will support a broad range of programs and projects by arts organisations, individual artists, collectives and community groups. This funding will ensure strong artistic development across the arts in the ACT.”

The 2014 ACT Arts Fund comprises three categories, with $670,000 allocated to Project Funding, $480,500 for Program Funding and $650,000 to Key Arts Organisations.

Project Funding – $670,000

A contemporary Canberra band, a community dance project and a group of visual artists are amongst the 42 successful applicants for project funding.

“Among a diverse mix of arts projects, local contemporary band Super Best Friends will be supported in 2014 to produce a debut full-length rock recording,” Ms Burch said.

“Another recipient is Canberra Dance Theatre, who will develop new dance works for teens with special needs and for people over 55, as well as producing a short film.”

Other projects include the development of a non-fiction comic book featuring themes around environmental sustainability and economics; a ‘zine vending machine which will feature the work of local ‘zine-makers; an exhibition featuring the work of six visual artists and a musician who have had residencies in the Tanami Desert.

Program Funding – $480,500

Eight ACT arts organisations including ArtSound FM, Australian National Capital Artists, Canberra City Band, Canberra International Film Festival, M16 Artspace, Pro Musica (Canberra International Music Festival), Strathnairn Arts Association and the You Are Here festival were successful in receiving Program Funding.

“Program Funding supports arts organisations that provide important programs of activity enabling the ACT community to have access to and engagement with the arts,” Ms Burch said.

“Strathnairn Arts Association will receive a significant increase in funding to assist it to achieve the full potential of the Strathnairn Arts Centre as a national centre for access and excellence in visual arts, as part of the government’s priority to further development ACT arts hubs.”

Key Arts Organisations – $650,000

Four ACT arts organisations, the Canberra Potters’ Society, Canberra Youth Music, Music For Everyone and QL2 Dance were successful in receiving funding for up to five years.

“Key Arts Organisations have clearly defined roles in the ACT arts sector and significant levels of achievement in supporting, developing and advancing the arts,” Ms Burch said.

“In response to the Government’s priority to further development ACT arts hubs, the Canberra Potters’ Society will receive a significant increase in funding to assist it to achieve the full potential of the Watson Arts Centre as a national centre for access and excellence in ceramics.”

“Funding to Canberra Youth Music and Music For Everyone will support the continued development of the Ainslie Arts Centre as vibrant music hub with a focus on youth music.”


UPDATE: The full list of recipients is now up.

    Project Funding

    – ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service: $19,848 to assist with costs of producing digital stories by people with a disability

    – Art Monthly Australia Ltd: $10,000 to assist with costs of publishing the work of ACT-based arts writers/critics and artists

    – Asialink, University of Melbourne: $20,000 to assist with costs of Asialink Arts Residencies for ACT artists

    – Atfield, David: $39,500 to assist with costs of staging a theatre production at The Street Theatre

    – Australian Book Review Inc: 12,000 to assist with costs of ACT writers creating new literary work

    – Batchelor, James: $16,500 to assist with costs of developing and presenting a dance performance

    – Bradley, Karen: $34,452 to assist with costs of staging a musical theatre production

    – Brass Knuckle Brass Band: $8,490 to assist with costs of workshopping and recording new compositions of contemporary funk-based brass music

    – Canberra Choral Society: $33,146 to assist with costs of the ‘Come and Sing’ program

    – Canberra Dance Theatre: $16,720 to assist with costs of producing new dances with CDT GOLD and CDTeens

    – CanberraZine Emporium: $3,999 to assist with costs of managing a vending machine for ‘Zines’

    – Clay, J.T.: $7,775 to assist with costs of editing a time-travel novel

    – Day, Michelle: $2,922 to assist with costs of creating a new body of sculptural work

    – del Castillo, Mariana: $6,578 to assist with costs of neon signs as part of an exhibition

    – Delves, Maxine: $8,760 to assist with costs of creative development of a physical theatre/circus performance

    – Greenaway, Sally: $5,623 to assist with costs of a CD of classical compositions

    – Groundrush Six: $23,000 to assist with costs of an exhibition and catalogue from a residency at the Tanami Gold Mine

    – Hagerty, Catherine and Heidi Silberman: $25,000 to assist with costs a theatre production about the lives of women in Australia during World War I

    – Hammer, Chris: $6,168.00 to assist with costs of researching and developing a novel set in Canberra

    – Jerjen, Rafael: $14,358 to assist with costs of recording an album of original jazz compositions

    – Kochel, Jay: $11,267 to assist with the costs of a new body of artwork involving scent and odour

    – Lallemand, Blaide & Michael Norris: $9,700 to assist with costs of research and development of an interactive sound installation

    – Larsson, Adelina: $21,598 to assist with costs of a choreographic development and performance for professional dance artists

    – Lorrimer, Dan: $10,877 to assist with costs of developing and exhibiting new sculptural work

    – Mason, Sarah: $7,700 to assist with costs of developing a family memoir manuscript

    – McCarthy, Cadi: $39,900 to assist with costs of the creative development of a new dance theatre work

    – McMillen, Stuart: $9,720 to assist with the costs of drawing a non-fiction comic book

    – Molonglo Group Cultural Fund: $25,638 to assist with costs of artists fees for community-focused, multi-arts festival ‘Art not Apart’

    – National Folk Festival: $34,000 to assist with costs of presenting ACT performing artists at the National Folk Festival

    – Page, Geoff: $3,725 to assist with costs of presenting poetry readings at the Gods Cafe

    – Parker, Jemima: $6,435 to assist with the costs of creating a new body of work for a solo exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre

    – Patrick, Tanya: $13,420 to assist with costs of research and writing a non-fiction children’s book

    – Petocz, Catherine: $35,000 to assist with costs of producing and presenting a theatre production

    – Porter, Phoebe: $9,950 to assist with costs of creating contemporary jewellery for exhibition

    – Sharrock, Jim: $4,500 to assist with costs of developing a music production for schools

    – SoundOut: $30,817 to assist with the costs of staging the SoundOut improvisational and experimental music festival

    – Stubbs, Ben: $10,000 to assist with costs of researching a travel book
    Super Best Friends: $9,817 to assist with the costs of producing a full length debut rock recording

    – Westwood, Kim: $13,646 to assist with costs of writing, researching and editing a novel

    – Tait, Melanie: $11,800 to assist with costs of completing and editing a book of fiction

    – The Griffyn Ensemble: $16,800 to assist with costs of developing musical performances

    – Todo, Kensuke: $20,655 to assist with costs of a solo exhibition of steel sculptures at Drill Hall Gallery ANU

    Program Funding

    – Australian National Capital Artists Inc: $40,000 in 2014 and 2015 to assist with costs of delivering the ANCA gallery program

    – Arts Sound FM: $67,000 for 2014 and 2015 to assist with costs of delivering arts programs at the station

    – Canberra City Band Inc: $21,500 in 2014 to assist with costs of delivering band music programs

    – Canberra International Film Festival Inc: $45,000 in 2014 and 2015 to assist with costs of staging the Canberra International Film Festival

    – M16 Artspace Inc: $70,000 in 2014 and $40,000 in 2015 to assist with costs of delivering the M16 gallery program

    – Pro Musica Inc: $77,000 in 2014 and 2015 to assist with costs of staging the Canberra International Music Festival

    – Strathnairn Arts Association Inc: $100,000 in 2014 and 2015 to assist with costs of managing the Strathnairn Arts Centre and deliver visual arts programs

    – You Are Here Inc: $60,000 in 2014 and 2015 to assist with costs of staging the You Are Here festival

    Key Arts Organisation Funding

    – Canberra Potters’ Society Inc: $100,000 in 2014 to assist with costs of managing the Watson Arts Centre and deliver ceramic programs

    – Canberra Youth Music Inc and Music for Everyone Inc: $250,000 in 2014 to assist with costs of delivering music programs at the Ainslie Arts Centre

    – QL2 Dance Inc: $300,000 per year for 2014 to 2018 to assist with costs of delivering youth dance programs

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23 Responses to Joy dishes the arts grants
#1
Barcham2:08 pm, 11 Dec 13

Congratulations to those who got their grants… you lucky jerks… ahem, I mean you talented and well deserving folks!

Seriously though, go make some rad art.

#2
Oy_Vegas2:40 pm, 11 Dec 13

This is cool, but I can’t seem to find the actual list of successful applicants anywhere. Not on the press release or the ACT Arts Fund website.

#3
Oy_Vegas2:50 pm, 11 Dec 13

OK it’s up now. Mazel tov to successful peeps, commiserations to all who missed out this year.

http://www.arts.act.gov.au/funding/current-funding-recipients

#4
pierce3:20 pm, 11 Dec 13

Nothing for @pierce – another kick in the balls

(Sorry, jokes)

#5
A_Cog3:25 pm, 11 Dec 13

Yay! More interpretive dancers, more contemporary (grafitti) painters, more low-budget movie makers. Just what we all need.

How many more cops could this have been spent on for alcohol-related violence in Civic? Maybe 20.
How many mental/indigenous/child health workers? Maybe 30.
Teachers? Maybe 25.
Teaching assistants? Maybe 35.
Social Services caseworkers? Maybe 35.

But no, let’s go with attention-seeking clowns working in the ‘arts’ sector (like it’s a real sector). I’ve got no problem with attention seeking clowns per se, because if they choose a life of poverty, well then, that’s their choice. But to fund the afore-mentioned clowns with money which could go elsewhere, and that the ‘elsewhere’ would make our society more equitable, safer, better educated, well, that’s ridiculous.

More contestants for “Australia’s Got Talent” – $1.8million dollars. It’s all about priorities.

And before histrionic readers harp on with hyperbole about how paintings/music/films/dancing – yes, don’t forget dancing – all make our society better, weave our cultural fabric to be stronger and more colourful, and make our utterly pathetic lives worth living, ask yourself this: what is more important: reducing poverty/crime/suffering for all of society, or solving money troubles for people who deliberately and repeatedly chose careers which contribute nothing to society?

#6
Oy_Vegas3:59 pm, 11 Dec 13

A-Cog: if you’re not intentionally trolling, I really feel sorry for you.

#7
A_Cog4:27 pm, 11 Dec 13

Oy_Vegas said :

A-Cog: if you’re not intentionally trolling, I really feel sorry for you.

Nup, not trolling, genuine views.

Don’t feel sorry for me. Feel sorry for all the people hospitalised in drunk bashings who could have been safer with more beat cops in Civic. Feel sorry for the kids in families with parents suffering mental/substance issues who would have been supported better. Feel sorry for the disabled or aged who would be better cared for. Feel sorry for students in crappy schools who could have had a better teacher:student ratio with more teachers or aides. Feel sorry for the unemployed, the poor, the marginalised.

Don’t feel sorry for me. And don’t ever feel sorry for anyone in the “arts sector”.

What [real] contribution to [real] society has Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin made? Or Rudolf Nureyev? Or Ridley Scott? Why subsidise this vacuous ‘sector’ when education/health/justice/almost-any-other could use the money so much better? And by ‘better’ (yes, I’m using the term ‘better’ in a qualitatively and objective context, not in the context of my ‘opinion’) I mean reaching more people in fundamentally more worthwhile ways than a pretty picture or someone dancing like a muppet, dressed as a curtain.

#8
isaidno4:55 pm, 11 Dec 13

A_Cog said :

Oy_Vegas said :

A-Cog: if you’re not intentionally trolling, I really feel sorry for you.

Nup, not trolling, genuine views.

Don’t feel sorry for me. Feel sorry for all the people hospitalised in drunk bashings who could have been safer with more beat cops in Civic. Feel sorry for the kids in families with parents suffering mental/substance issues who would have been supported better. Feel sorry for the disabled or aged who would be better cared for. Feel sorry for students in crappy schools who could have had a better teacher:student ratio with more teachers or aides. Feel sorry for the unemployed, the poor, the marginalised.

Don’t feel sorry for me. And don’t ever feel sorry for anyone in the “arts sector”.

What [real] contribution to [real] society has Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin made? Or Rudolf Nureyev? Or Ridley Scott? Why subsidise this vacuous ‘sector’ when education/health/justice/almost-any-other could use the money so much better? And by ‘better’ (yes, I’m using the term ‘better’ in a qualitatively and objective context, not in the context of my ‘opinion’) I mean reaching more people in fundamentally more worthwhile ways than a pretty picture or someone dancing like a muppet, dressed as a curtain.

If you actually got out from under the rock that you live under you might realise that funding such as this can in fact reduce crime and have benefits for the wider society. Having a wide range of programs is vital for a society to provide for the wide range of interests that people have. Finding and following a passion has kept many people out of a life of crime and other anti social behaviour.

#9
Oy_Vegas5:06 pm, 11 Dec 13

OK I am posting to retract my sympathy and acknowledge your genuine and well-meaning opinion.

I don’t think it’s worthwhile starting an internet argument, and don’t really think I will change your views, but I can’t help pointing out that the funding mentioned in this article does go towards a bunch of projects that specifically improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and the aged. Also, I imagine many of the funded projects will be made available free; artists not having to charge for access to their work benefits all sectors of society, including the disadvantaged.

This short article makes a lot of points better than I can: http://blog.artsusa.org/2013/04/08/10-reasons-to-support-the-arts-in-2013/

I would agree with you if every funded project was nonsensical and vacuous as you claim, but it is ridiculous to make a blanket statement that the arts shouldn’t be funded and I guess, in your view, shouldn’t exist. There is a middle ground between the rubbish on Australia’s Got Talent and the high-minded elitist twaddle that you’re complaining about.

#10
Masquara5:44 pm, 11 Dec 13

Isn’t it time Geoff Page started being an arts patron rather than a funding recipient?

#11
Masquara5:46 pm, 11 Dec 13

Oy_Vegas said :

… I can’t help pointing out that the funding mentioned in this article does go towards a bunch of projects that specifically improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and the aged.

If the outcomes sought are health outcomes, the funding should be coming out of the health budget, NOT the arts budget! These sorts of projects are often artistically dire and awful.

#12
poetix6:01 pm, 11 Dec 13

A_Cog said :

Oy_Vegas said :

A-Cog: if you’re not intentionally trolling, I really feel sorry for you.

Nup, not trolling, genuine views.

Don’t feel sorry for me. Feel sorry for all the people hospitalised in drunk bashings who could have been safer with more beat cops in Civic. Feel sorry for the kids in families with parents suffering mental/substance issues who would have been supported better. Feel sorry for the disabled or aged who would be better cared for. Feel sorry for students in crappy schools who could have had a better teacher:student ratio with more teachers or aides. Feel sorry for the unemployed, the poor, the marginalised.

Don’t feel sorry for me. And don’t ever feel sorry for anyone in the “arts sector”.

What [real] contribution to [real] society has Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin made? Or Rudolf Nureyev? Or Ridley Scott? Why subsidise this vacuous ‘sector’ when education/health/justice/almost-any-other could use the money so much better? And by ‘better’ (yes, I’m using the term ‘better’ in a qualitatively and objective context, not in the context of my ‘opinion’) I mean reaching more people in fundamentally more worthwhile ways than a pretty picture or someone dancing like a muppet, dressed as a curtain.

You really must live in a horrible world, without music or books or painting.

And particularly without poetry.

Congratulations to all these creative individuals and groups.

#13
shauno6:51 pm, 11 Dec 13

Im applying for a grant next year for the first traverse of the Snowy Mountains with a team of Namadgi Corroboree Frogs

#14
nazasaurus7:26 pm, 11 Dec 13

“reaching more people in fundamentally more worthwhile ways than a pretty picture or someone dancing like a muppet, dressed as a curtain.”

Haha…reminded me of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de9m1JvomK0

#15
rosscoact7:45 pm, 11 Dec 13

Oy_Vegas said :

A-Cog: if you’re not intentionally trolling, I really feel sorry for you.

Troll or knucklehead or most likely, both

#16
Antagonist9:38 pm, 11 Dec 13

$4k to manage a zine vending machine, $8k to edit a time-travel novel, $6.5k for neon signage as part of an exhibition, $10k for a non-fiction comic book, $11k for a new body of artwork involving scent and odour. It is hard to believe that some of these grants are for real! At least Stanhope gave us such wonders as the ‘Belconnen Dick Owl’ and ‘Optimus Primes Pubes’. What a waste of money.

#17
housebound8:27 am, 12 Dec 13

The value of art is that it reflects back to us less creative types the nature of the society we live in. It gives us a different window through which to view our world.

Some projects look indulgent:
$7,700 to assist with costs of developing a family memoir manuscript

Some projects look great – inclusive, innovative:
$33,146 to assist with costs of the ‘Come and Sing’ program
$19,848 to assist with costs of producing digital stories by people with a disability

And some are just plain weird:
$11,267 to assist with the costs of a new body of artwork involving scent and odour (the mind boggles – is the artist simply going to refuse to shower for a year?)

#18
A_Cog9:16 am, 12 Dec 13

rosscoact said :

Oy_Vegas said :

A-Cog: if you’re not intentionally trolling, I really feel sorry for you.

Troll or knucklehead or most likely, both

And:

poetix said :

You really must live in a horrible world, without music or books or painting.

And particularly without poetry.

Congratulations to all these creative individuals and groups.

Yeah, you think ballet is more important than social servics, but I’m the knucklehead.

Art exists without government funding. Policing/healthcare/schools do not. Society can get by just fine without government money going towards poetry.

Here is some non-subsidised poetry for you to enjoy:

I see… all of this government money,
could be much better spent on me,
while I practice my poetry.

I think… government services just stink,
forget people coming out the clink,
don’t care how deep they sink.

I say… let’s spend money on ballet,
dancing and prancing on display,
our great society – yay!

#19
poetix11:27 am, 12 Dec 13

A_Cog said :

rosscoact said :

Oy_Vegas said :

A-Cog: if you’re not intentionally trolling, I really feel sorry for you.

Troll or knucklehead or most likely, both

And:

poetix said :

You really must live in a horrible world, without music or books or painting.

And particularly without poetry.

Congratulations to all these creative individuals and groups.

Yeah, you think ballet is more important than social servics, but I’m the knucklehead.

Art exists without government funding. Policing/healthcare/schools do not. Society can get by just fine without government money going towards poetry.

Here is some non-subsidised poetry for you to enjoy:

I see… all of this government money,
could be much better spent on me,
while I practice my poetry.

I think… government services just stink,
forget people coming out the clink,
don’t care how deep they sink.

I say… let’s spend money on ballet,
dancing and prancing on display,
our great society – yay!

Poetry is notoriously difficult to define. But it’s useful to have clear examples of what it is not.

Thanks for that.

No-one is saying that hospitals don’t matter. And that rhyming thing above is a good argument for more funding of education, with particular emphasis on the arts.

Also, the verb is practise, in UK or Australian English.

#20
Antagonist12:26 pm, 12 Dec 13

poetix said :

Poetry is notoriously difficult to define. But it’s useful to have clear examples of what it is not.

Thanks for that.

No-one is saying that hospitals don’t matter. And that rhyming thing above is a good argument for more funding of education, with particular emphasis on the arts.

Also, the verb is practise, in UK or Australian English.

You would do well to take your own advice. Have you ever heard of the noun ‘poetic licence’? Perhaps QL2 can loan you part of their $1.5m to help you buy a dictionary.

#21
A_Cog12:38 pm, 12 Dec 13

poetix said :


No-one is saying that hospitals don’t matter…

No, instead you’re saying that arts funding is more important / worthy than more cops / teachers / counsellors / child protection workers etc.

Bad teenage heartbreak poetry exists without government funding. Garage rock bands too. The human drive for [recognition / self-expression / praise / attention] pushes people to [dance / sing / write / paint / sculpt].

It doesn’t need to be subsidised with government money, especially when every spending decision by government is another decision to not spend money on another policy area.

housebound said :

The value of art is that it reflects back to us less creative types the nature of the society we live in. It gives us a different window through which to view our world.

Government spending on art shows the values we have as a society. We do not value doing EVERYTHING WE CAN to help people get good educations, help them into jobs, help people suffering mental/substance issues, protecting children, caring for the sick or aged, help small business grow…

No, we [actually, you] value putting millions of dollars (and this small $1.8m is a fraction of what the ACT spends on alleged ‘art’ – the Skywhale is another example) into something which provides passing pleasure to 1% of the population, an effete elite, while the growing underclass consistently get stuck there and ignored because instead, we’re all looking at these bright, shiny baubles, which you just LOVE!

#22
knuckles12:57 pm, 12 Dec 13

What!
The government is giving away money so people can spend more time on their hobbies?
How do I get on to that?

#23
simsim8:24 pm, 12 Dec 13

A_Cog said :

poetix said :


No-one is saying that hospitals don’t matter…

No, instead you’re saying that arts funding is more important / worthy than more cops / teachers / counsellors / child protection workers etc.

Bad teenage heartbreak poetry exists without government funding. Garage rock bands too. The human drive for [recognition / self-expression / praise / attention] pushes people to [dance / sing / write / paint / sculpt].

It doesn’t need to be subsidised with government money, especially when every spending decision by government is another decision to not spend money on another policy area.

housebound said :

The value of art is that it reflects back to us less creative types the nature of the society we live in. It gives us a different window through which to view our world.

Government spending on art shows the values we have as a society. We do not value doing EVERYTHING WE CAN to help people get good educations, help them into jobs, help people suffering mental/substance issues, protecting children, caring for the sick or aged, help small business grow…

No, we [actually, you] value putting millions of dollars (and this small $1.8m is a fraction of what the ACT spends on alleged ‘art’ – the Skywhale is another example) into something which provides passing pleasure to 1% of the population, an effete elite, while the growing underclass consistently get stuck there and ignored because instead, we’re all looking at these bright, shiny baubles, which you just LOVE!

For what it’s worth … far more than 1% of the population participate in the arts, and engage actively in creation, in viewing, and in participating. And very few of these are effete, elite or particularly tied to economic status in any way. Australia council stats state over 90% of australians engage in the arts on an annual basis. I’m sorry you’re apparently in a minority.

Only 44% of households have kids in them of any age. Does that make education funding by its nature discriminatory against the 56% who don’t? Of course not.

For a lot of people, the bells and whistles and shiny baubles are the reason to live. We aren’t just economic units, and we aren’t just bodies to be repaired and punished and shoved around. We need something more.

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