Five artists across Northern Victoria is among hundreds of Victorian creatives to receive a lifeline from the Victorian Government, enabling them to keep working, adapting and creating through the coronavirus pandemic.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced the recipients of the Sustaining Creative Workers program, as follows:
- Brendan Kennedy, visual artist from Robinvale to receive $5,000 which will support him to produce a new artwork based on a traditional creation story from the Murray River country.
- Mimi Leung, a visual artist from Shepparton East will receive $5,000 which will support them to develop new work using digital drawing tools and techniques and further develop skills and practice as a commercial illustrator.
- R.A.I.N. Inc in Nathalia will receive $10,000 to undertake research and development activities and support artists through workshops, the curatorial program and artist discussions.
- Damien Hipwell, a furniture designer from Numurkah will receive $5,000 to support product development and marketing activities for his furniture designs.
- Suzanne Connelly, a visual artist from Swan Hill is set to receive $5,000 which will support them to research and develop skills and build an online presence to broaden audience and promotional opportunities.
The Sustaining Creative Workers program provides targeted quick response assistance to Victorian creatives who have been hard-hit by the crisis.
This second tranche of the program delivers grants totalling $2.3 million to 373 independent creatives and creative micro-businesses and organisations right across Victoria – including artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, festivals, galleries, design studios, fashion labels and more.
The grants will enable them to develop, deliver and adapt their work in a changed environment, including supporting equipment upgrades, research and development, digital initiatives and professional and business capacity building.
Prior to the pandemic, the creative industries employed 280,000 Victorians and contributed $31 billion annually to the state economy. In recent months the sector has been devastated due to coronavirus related restrictions and closures, with thousands of people losing work and income.
Totalling $4.7 million overall, the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s $66.3 million survival package for the state’s creative sector.
This program was delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria. For a full list of recipients visit creative.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative is investing in the careers of local creatives when they need it most. The Victorian Government is determined to help the sector survive, adapt and connect with audiences during this pandemic and beyond.”
“I’m pleased to announce these grants which will keep artists and creators working through this tough period of restrictions, allowing them to future-proof their practice and weather the storm.”