Australian Council for the Arts have announced funding to support 221 projects. The projects will be delivered by 147 individual artists, 25 groups and 49 small-to-medium art organisations. This latest round of grants has seen more applicants using emerging technologies, such as computer programming.
The different projects will be produced across dance, music, theatre, literature, emerging and experimental arts, community arts and cultural development and visual arts. The funding also attracted a high number of first-time applicants, as well as an increased number of applications from regional and remote areas.
Australia Council’s CEO, Tony Grybowski said, “Since the new grants model opened in early 2015 we have received nearly 10,000 applications and we’re seeing an increasingly diverse range of artists creating and presenting art in new and innovative ways." Many of the works funded will appear in major festivals, such as the Adelaide Biennial or the Biennale of Sydney as well as MONA FOMA. The festivals attract hundreds of thousands of regional and international visitors and provide a boost to local economies.
Australia Council grant applications are selected through a rigorous process of peer assessment by a panel of experts with knowledge and experience across all areas of artistic practice.