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Why are C100 funds “purloined” for irrelevant projects? [Actually Katy Gallagher’s baby]

By I-filed - 22 June 2012 18

The Centenary of Canberra website is telling Canberrans that there is no more funding available for C100 projects – half a year before 2013.

Today I picked up a brochure for what looks to be a great play: Ngapartji Ngapartji, produced by “BigHart”, a company whose website’s mentions of Canberra are pretty much restricted to attending a handful of conferences here. It will be on at the Playhouse in late July 2012. Guess what? C100 is listed as a sponsor/partner on the brochure (and yes, that’s July 2012).

So, if the play is on long before C100, and has no Canberra theme whatsoever, why did Joy Burch fund it with Centenary of Canberra money?

Furthermore, C100 branding guidelines provide detailed acknowledgement texts, part of an expensive branding exercise that we have all paid for. But bighart have truncated the required words to a meaningless ten words.

The official branding guidelines also set out clear definitions for what C100 is about:

CENTENARY OF CANBERRA BRAND VALUES
— Presenting the nation’s history through the eyes of the capital
— Capturing Canberra’s 100 years of innovation and demonstrating its continuing practice
— Engaging locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
— Valuing the legacy of the planned capital and creating lasting legacies for the next century
— Deploying ‘the reveal’ of 2013: creating and revealing surprising and new elements
— Recognising Canberra’s core national role.

Bringing an Indigenous play to Canberra, with no Canberra history, no Canberra theme, no demonstration of anything to do with Canberra, nothing to do with our legacy, and nothing to do with 2013. In fact, not one mention of Canberra anywhere in the brochure.

Bad enough that it’s off topic – but Canberra community groups, artists, Indigenous locals are going to miss out on precious funding. Surely Joy Burch owes Canberra an explanation for why she has allowed C100 funds to be purloined for this project (albeit I am sure a very worthy play).


UPDATE 22/06/12 11:09: Joy Burch’s office had this to say in reply:

Well, she didn’t. CMD [The Chief Minister’s Department] is responsible for Centenary stuff.

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18 Responses to
Why are C100 funds “purloined” for irrelevant projects? [Actually Katy Gallagher’s baby]
I-filed 10:49 am 01 Jul 12

C100 update:
Robyn Archer interviewed on 7.30 Canberra on Friday – asked to tell all about the best for the centenary, there was not ONE mention of Canberrans. Archer was only interested in talking about plans about how to tempt visitors from Melbourne and Sydney.

Sure, we should be welcoming visitors (and of course the REAL Canberra diaspora, Canberrans living elsewhere, not Robyn Archer’s definition of “anyone who has ever visited”) but it strikes me as inappropriate for a centenary celebration to be publicised with no mention of Canberrans themselves just having their own party about themselves. Just referring to the tourism dollar is very un-Canberran in spirit.

Robyn Archer is SO not a Canberran!

cranky 8:50 pm 26 Jun 12

Bugger.

I’m working on a project to illustrate the founding mothers and fathers of Canberra in a fairly unique way.

Guess I’ll just stop work, as there is no way I could receive any recompence.

simsim 1:13 pm 23 Jun 12

I notice nobody’s bothered to actually look at what was in the 2013-so-far program (it’s not spectacularly internet searchable, but it’s at http://www.canberra100.com.au/about/program-preview/) – Big hART do have a production in the 2013 season (“Yala Yala” – listed on page 13) – which is the third part of a trilogy of works that they’ve been doing – Ngapatji Ngaptji and Namatjira being the other two thirds. All works tying in with both NAIDOC week and the Centenary.

I suspect someone’s stuck a logo on where it’s not entirely supposed to be – the company is part of the 2013 funding, but this particular production isn’t.

I-filed 6:27 pm 22 Jun 12

poetix said :

… surely Aboriginal concerns are significant to any reflection on the meaning of Canberra as the centre of government?

Could well be – provided those concerns are articulated in terms of the meaning of Canberra as a centre of government – but ACT Government’s responses above are not saying that. They are saying that BigHart itself has a specific and particular relationship with Canberra that is relevant to the centenary. That appears not to be the case. This grant may have seemed a good idea at the time, but it looks to have not been thought through, and as i said earlier, is not articulated as a fit with the explicated Centenary aims – even though C100 paid huge fees to a branding consultant, apparently a waste of time.

poetix 6:10 pm 22 Jun 12

Thumper said :

Scandinavian bunny racing festival

Oh Oh!!

Are they funding this as well????

You’re just jealous because your name is Thumper and you weren’t invited to participate.

But to return to the issue raised by OP, surely Aboriginal concerns are significant to any reflection on the meaning of Canberra as the centre of government?

I-filed 4:09 pm 22 Jun 12

ACTPS_Comms said :

The program will include works from every state and territory of Australia, and this new work, which will be presented in 2013, comes from a remote area of regional WA, thus helping represent that state in Centenary programming as well.

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ACT Government, where do you get that Ngapartji Ngapartji is being presented in 2013 as you claim? Not only does the brochure contain not one word acknowledging the Canberra Centenary and these supposed “national benefits” (and just what is the link between providing remote Indigenous employment and Canberra’s centenary?) , there is no reference to anything taking place in 2013.

I went a-lookin’ for those “enduring Canberra links” you refer to – as I said, sending a rep to one or two conferences at AIATSIS (which only happens to be in Canberra and is a federal agency) can hardly be described as a relationship with Canberra. What else has BigHart developed in relation specifically to Canberra? Do tell!

Thumper 3:49 pm 22 Jun 12

Scandinavian bunny racing festival

Oh Oh!!

Are they funding this as well????

I-filed 3:30 pm 22 Jun 12

ACTPS_Comms said :

It’s important to highlight, the Centenary of Canberra is a nationally significant event. It’s a celebration of our thriving Canberra community, but also of Canberra’s role and importance as the national capital. The celebration is not, and should not, be limited by our borders.

Future works undertaken as part of the Centenary program will include a number of workshops to involve members of the local community.

The Company is working to “engage regionally and nationally” with the Centenary celebrations by bringing these projects from remote indigenous communities to Canberra. The project provides employment and other opportunities for regional artists and young people, many of whom are Indigenous, enabling future development which is also an important goal of the Centenary.

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Drawing a very, very long and weaselly bow here, ACT Government. There is no direct relevance or resonance with Canberra’s centenary in anything to do with this project. General sustainability, general arts workshopping, some vague link with Canberra over the years (no more than a hundred other arts companies nationally) whatevah – this response simply doesn’t cut it in terms of the fact that C100 funding has run out – and this project – for which of course anyone could draw broad, tangential, generalist themes into the mix in the guise of centenary relevance – is out of context, out of the timing, outside the centenary aims, outside the centenary branding. If tasked with retrofitting pretty much any arts activity in the world into a response along these lines, I’m sure I would be able to put a Scandinavian bunny racing festival into a proposal that would “merit” C100 funding. In short: reeks of maladministration and incompetence, and a complete lack of insight. The same incompetence that calls anyone who has ever visited Canberra, part of a Canberra “diaspora”.

p1 3:01 pm 22 Jun 12

ACTPS_Comms said :

It’s important to highlight,…..etc….

There are a couple of pretty good answers to the OPs original questions in that response.

So it appears the issue is that the money has been spent without quite enough effort to explain to the general population what it is all about?

piperdoon 2:32 pm 22 Jun 12

ACTPS_Comms said :

It’s important to highlight, the Centenary of Canberra is a nationally significant event. It’s a celebration of our thriving Canberra community, but also of Canberra’s role and importance as the national capital. The celebration is not, and should not, be limited by our borders.

Therefore, the Big hART projects – and many of the other diverse national and Indigenous projects that help make up the complete Centenary program – have actually been supported through Commonwealth funding. The program will include works from every state and territory of Australia, and this new work, which will be presented in 2013, comes from a remote area of regional WA, thus helping represent that state in Centenary programming as well.

There are also powerful local aspects to this project. In the early 90s, Big hART began its touring life on an invitation to perform at the Canberra Theatre Centre (CTC) and has maintained a strong connection ever since. As part of Big hART’s celebrations to mark 20 years of arts practice they’ve chosen to work with CTC and will continue to do so over a period of several years.

Future works undertaken as part of the Centenary program will include a number of workshops to involve members of the local community.

The Company is working to “engage regionally and nationally” with the Centenary celebrations by bringing these projects from remote indigenous communities to Canberra. The project provides employment and other opportunities for regional artists and young people, many of whom are Indigenous, enabling future development which is also an important goal of the Centenary.

There are a number of projects identified for multiyear funding. This is a deliberate and strategic decision as we have identified that this will give some projects the impetus to grow and develop past 2013 creating the lasting legacy that the Centenary has always sought to leave. The artist in residence component for BigHART and the incorporation of You Are Here are just two examples of our success in this area already.

The reference to the Centenary website actually refers specifically to the $1M Community Centenary Initiatives Fund (CCIF), from which the Big hART project is NOT funded. In total, the CCIF received 113 applications with total funding requests of $3.5 million, and is therefore no longer accepting new applications. Nineteen of the successfully funded projects with funds totalling over $500K have already been announced, with many more to come soon.

The Centenary of Canberra team welcomes feedback on the program details that have already been announced and those yet to come; it would be much more beneficial if we can participate in a well-informed and balanced discussion, rather than correcting misinformation.

what a load of coswallop – you cannot make a silk purse out of a sows ear – response is rubbish

ACTPS_Comms 1:55 pm 22 Jun 12

It’s important to highlight, the Centenary of Canberra is a nationally significant event. It’s a celebration of our thriving Canberra community, but also of Canberra’s role and importance as the national capital. The celebration is not, and should not, be limited by our borders.

Therefore, the Big hART projects – and many of the other diverse national and Indigenous projects that help make up the complete Centenary program – have actually been supported through Commonwealth funding. The program will include works from every state and territory of Australia, and this new work, which will be presented in 2013, comes from a remote area of regional WA, thus helping represent that state in Centenary programming as well.

There are also powerful local aspects to this project. In the early 90s, Big hART began its touring life on an invitation to perform at the Canberra Theatre Centre (CTC) and has maintained a strong connection ever since. As part of Big hART’s celebrations to mark 20 years of arts practice they’ve chosen to work with CTC and will continue to do so over a period of several years.

Future works undertaken as part of the Centenary program will include a number of workshops to involve members of the local community.

The Company is working to “engage regionally and nationally” with the Centenary celebrations by bringing these projects from remote indigenous communities to Canberra. The project provides employment and other opportunities for regional artists and young people, many of whom are Indigenous, enabling future development which is also an important goal of the Centenary.

There are a number of projects identified for multiyear funding. This is a deliberate and strategic decision as we have identified that this will give some projects the impetus to grow and develop past 2013 creating the lasting legacy that the Centenary has always sought to leave. The artist in residence component for BigHART and the incorporation of You Are Here are just two examples of our success in this area already.

The reference to the Centenary website actually refers specifically to the $1M Community Centenary Initiatives Fund (CCIF), from which the Big hART project is NOT funded. In total, the CCIF received 113 applications with total funding requests of $3.5 million, and is therefore no longer accepting new applications. Nineteen of the successfully funded projects with funds totalling over $500K have already been announced, with many more to come soon.

The Centenary of Canberra team welcomes feedback on the program details that have already been announced and those yet to come; it would be much more beneficial if we can participate in a well-informed and balanced discussion, rather than correcting misinformation.

I-filed 12:04 pm 22 Jun 12

Gallagher/Burch/Whoever – the point remains! Perhaps Katie Gallagher’s office might like to explain why there’s no funding left for C100, and this irrelevant play has been funded to be performed long outside the centenary year?

Madam Cholet 11:24 am 22 Jun 12

Thumper said :

Burch probably has her fingers in her ears and is loudly singing ‘la la la la’.

This seems to be her standard method of operation.

That’s a very good summation of Ms Burch.

Thumper 10:53 am 22 Jun 12

Burch probably has her fingers in her ears and is loudly singing ‘la la la la’.

This seems to be her standard method of operation.

trevar 10:18 am 22 Jun 12

You might be right, I-filed. Ngapartji Ngapartji is a play I’ve been hearing about for some time, and it looks really interesting, but I’m struggling to see the link with Canberra’s centenary too…

Nonetheless; I wonder what you’ve proposed? Was there a more relevant idea on the table at all?

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