While theatres, galleries, arts and music venues are temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, the Andrews Government is continuing to invest in Victoria’s rich arts culture – thanks to the latest round of VicArts Grants.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP is calling for local emerging and early career artists, auspice bodies, and organisations including arts, non-arts, community and local government – to apply for up to $60,000 through Creative Victoria’s VicArts Grants program.
The VicArts Grants program aims to support:
- a broad range of independent artists and arts organisations
- projects and programs by emerging and early career creatives
- projects and programs in regional Victoria
- projects and programs that reflect the diversity of First Peoples’ arts and cultural practices
- projects and programs that reflect diverse communities in Victoria, and
- increasing the availability and accessibility of the arts to the Victorian public.
The grants will support artists in regional and metropolitan areas across the state, and span a variety of different art forms, including; sculpture, literature, dance, media, performance, digital and virtual reality and children’s theatre. The funding will enable creatives to kickstart new ideas, further develop projects or build their skills and creative practice.
Projects in regional Victoria that have received funding in previous rounds include; Phunktional Ltd to deliver arts and wellbeing workshops for their Stories Beneath the Vale project in Robinvale, new large-scale aerial performance and projection work at the Natimuk Silos and a mentorship program for emerging African artists in Shepparton.
The creative industries are an evolving mix of sectors spanning arts, culture, screen, design, publishing and advertising and encompassing activities that are commercially driven and community based, educational, experimental and export ready – and everything in between.
In April 2016, the state’s first creative industries strategy Creative State 2016-2020 was launched.
Since the strategy was launched, the economic impact of the creative industries has grown by 23 percent to $31 billion.
Applications close on 20 August 2020. For more information, visit: www.creative.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“I encourage artists across Northern Victoria to apply for the latest round of VicArts grants and bring their projects to life.”
“These grants will provide crucial support to Victoria’s independent artists, the driving force of our creative industries— as well as boost tourism, jobs and community resilience.”
“We are proud to support the small, medium and independent cultural organisations and artists that are the cornerstone of our $23 billion creative industries economy.”