Art projects funded by the Australian Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 29 November 2011.

Australia Copyright Agency sets aside 1.5% of licensing revenue for its Cultural Fund to reinvest in Australia’s vibrant arts and cultural community. Since its inception, the grants have been allocated to a wide cross-section of projects in the visual arts and publishing industries. The priority area of funding is ‘supporting innovation in the Australian creative industries to develop local and foreign markets for Australian works.’

Here are some of the visual arts-related projects that have recently received funding:

Victorian Indigenous Art Awards With a Cultural Fund grant of $13,000, Copyright Agency sponsors cash prizes for the winners and the runners-up in two categories of the Awards: works on paper and three dimensional works. ArtLink The Cultural Fund is providing $60,000 to ArtLink magazine over three years. The funding will go towards an annual Indigenous edition of the magazine, giving Indigenous artists a voice and to document change and development in the sector. An adjunct to this project is the $11,250 the Cultural Fund has provided for ArtLink to translate its first Indigenous edition into Chinese to increase the profile of Indigenous art to this growing market for cultural works. Cultural Partnerships Australia Cultural Partnerships Australia, based at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing have been granted $60,000 from the Cultural Fund. With this funding, they will establish a curatorial exchange program which will invite young Chinese curators to meet and work with established and emerging Indigenous artist, curators and gallery directors in Australia. Their aim is to develop Chinese appreciation of Australian art, Indigenous culture and Australian curatorial practices. Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School The Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School received $10,000 from the Cultural Fund to run an emerging sculptor program, providing artistic and professional development and training to support an emerging sculptor over a twelve month period. National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Through the Cultural Fund, Copyright Agency has granted NAVA $149,700 over a period of three years to develop and deliver a distance education package of online courses for visual artists, craftspeople and designers with the aim of assisting them build their careers. NAVA’s desire is to provide practical information for artists from urban, regional and remote Australia.

In addition to the main Cultural Fund grants, there is also up to $150,000 allocated each year to the Creative Industries Career Fund to support individual Australian creators and those involved in the visual arts and publishing industries to assist them in their career development. Applicants can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to undertake training, mentorship or other activities that will enhance their professional skills.

In October 2011, Copyright Agency launched a short film to showcase some of the remarkable individuals and projects that have benefited from Cultural Fund grants. Click here to view the video on YouTube.

For further information about the Cultural Fund, the projects it supports and details on how to apply for grants, visit Copyright Agency’s website.