Minister for the Arts Joy Burch today announced that a visual artist mentorship program, a contemporary pop band, and a dance theatre group are among the 49 successful applicants who will share in arts funding worth $720,000.
“The ACT Government is extremely pleased to have been able to increase the number of projects being funded for 2015, up from the 42 that were supported this year,” Ms Burch said.
“Project funding supports the development of the arts through excellence, innovation and community engagement, which are three key principles of the ACT Arts Policy Framework.
“Among the successful artists is glam-folk duo Sparrow-Folk, who will tour their show ‘Burb Birds’ to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. This will give Sparrow-Folk the opportunity to perform to large international audiences, see the work of other acclaimed international cabaret artists and forge industry contacts worldwide.
“Other artists to be supported include Rip Publishing to produce a youth-based experimental multimedia publication and Nicholas McConaghy to develop a portfolio of electroacoustic compositions.
“Local theatre-maker Tom Davis will be supported to produce a new theatre piece, The Change Bridge, which was developed through The Hive playwriting program at The Street Theatre.
“The assessment panel praised the quality and creativity of the ideas proposed, and were inspired by the vibrancy and strength of our arts community.
“Next year promises to be a fabulous year for the arts and I look forward to the outcomes of such an eclectic range of exciting new arts development projects.”
A full list of 2015 recipients is available from www.arts.act.gov.au/funding/types-of-funding/project-funding.
(Joy Burch Media Release)