Funding Victoria’s creative heart

GSPF MR 2014From debut novels, to community choirs, international tours and children’s exhibitions, Victoria’s creative credentials will go on show across the state, the nation and the globe with the latest round of projects to be support through Creative Victoria’s VicArts Grants Program.

More than $1.5 million in funding will support 106 diverse arts projects across the state. The projects will deliver career development opportunities for professional and emerging artists, while providing creative outlets to more than 3,000 community members across Victoria.

Supported projects, selected from 449 applications, range from established events such as the Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Gertrude Street Projection Festival to new initiatives such as weekly art projects at Footscray Train Station. Projects will see artists sharing their skills with asylum seekers, people who are homeless, refugee and immigrant communities, Indigenous people and at risk youth.

As well as projects and performances in metropolitan Melbourne, supported projects will be staged in regional areas including Warrnambool, Castlemaine and the Macedon Ranges. Several international opportunities have also been supported which will see Victorian artists  create work in countries including  Canada, Solvenia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, France and Indonesia.

The VicArts Grants program supports Victorian artists and small arts organisations to create, present and program new work. Applications for the next round of funding will close on 29 July. For more information, visit: www.creative.vic.gov.au for details.

Image: Gertrude Street Projection Festival

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