The ACT Government will move to establish three artistic hubs in Canberra dedicated to visual, musical and performing arts, commence an artists-in-residence program, and streamline arts grant programs as part of its response to the Loxton Report, Arts Minister Joy Burch announced today.
The Government engaged independent consultant Peter Loxton to review Canberra’s arts sector in Canberra, with over 500 individuals, artists and representatives from local arts organisations participating in the review.
The Loxton Report made 118 recommendations around enhancing and reforming arts policy in the ACT, and the Government undertook further community consultation last year on the Report’s recommendations to develop its response, issued today.
Ms Burch said the Government was already exploring the development of three arts hubs in Canberra, with work on the Kingston Arts Precinct with a focus on visual arts already well progressed. Other proposed hubs would be a performing arts hub at the Street Theatre in Civic, and a music hub at the Ainslie Arts Centre.
“Through artsACT we have allocated $100,000 in 2011-12 for a scoping study to examine how to best create Arts Hubs in the ACT,” Ms Burch said.
“The intention of these Arts Hubs is to facilitate the sharing of administration and resources, so that local arts organisations can concentrate more on arts activity and programs. The creation of Arts Hubs will add more vibrancy to the local arts sector by increasing critical mass for a number of local arts organisations, and is consistent with Loxton’s recommendations.
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