Australia Council of the Arts
Australia Council of the Arts Samantha Elley

UPDATED: $250,000 granted to local arts

Update 11/05/16: A TOTAL of $254,680 has been made available to eight arts projects in the Richmond, Page and New England federal electorates in the latest round of grants announced by the Australia Council of Arts.

The projects funded in the February round of grants are:


  • Penny Evans, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, $25,000 
  • Red Threads - Stage 2, Arts and Disability, $45,750 
  • Lismore Regional Art Gallery, Community Arts and Cultural Development, $24,700 
  • Opal Vapour Artists, Dance, $14,980
  • RealArtWorks Incorporated, Multi-Artform, $31,550 


  • Robert Drewe, Literature, $48,100 
  • Caiti Baker, Music, $14,600

  New England:

  • Kirsty Boyle, Emerging and Experimental Arts $50,000

First project in new home

Lismore Regional Gallery confirmed last night in their Facebook Page that the $24,700 granted to them in this round will be used in the first exhibition to be housed in the gallery's new building.   

"Very excited to announce we've been successful in Australia Council funding for one of our opening projects in the new building!" the gallery announced in their Facebook page.   

"Details on the project will be announced as we move closer to implementing the project".  

New round of grant application sessions

Australia Council will be offering an information session about their current grants round.

This is an opportunity for artists and creatives from the Northern Rivers to find out more about  opportunities for individual artists
, groups and organisations, grant applications assessment criteria
 and peer assessment panels.

  • In Lismore: 19 May, 1:30pm - 3:30pm at Lismore Arts Space, 1 Norris St, Lismore.
  • In Murwillumbah: 20 May, 1:30 - 3:30pm at Murwillumbah Community Centre, Nullum St, Murwillumbah.

Click here to RSVP for either of those sessions.

    Original story: AN INVESTMENT of $11.2m has been made available in Australian arts through its February grants round.

Australia Council for the Arts Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said this grant round would support a number of exciting and innovative projects, involving a diverse range of artists and organisations across the country.

Lots of projects

"I'm pleased to announce 404 projects have been funded in this round for project grants for individuals, groups and arts organisations, and development grants for individuals and groups across all art form areas," he said.

"The projects include innovative collaborations, ground breaking ideas, projects bringing together people from diverse backgrounds, and capacity building for emerging artists.

"This year also marks our continued commitment to providing dedicated funding for artists with disability, with the second allocation of $330,000 awarded to 16 projects for individuals and groups.

"This round has also supported more than 30 writers, with close to $1 million granted to poets, authors of young adult and children's stories, and fiction and non-fiction writers."

Writers supported

Some of the successful writers include Clare Atkins from the Northern Territory to write a young adult novel, Western Sydney emerging writer Michael Mohammed Ahmad, and established Tasmanian poet Sarah Day.

Several youth arts organisations have also received funding, including Shopfront Theatre for a project involving 500 people participating in a four-day event at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Western Edge Youth Arts in Footscray and Sensorium Theatre in Perth, which produces theatre for young people with a disability, have also been successful in this round.

Australian/Egyptian oud master Joseph Tawadros will spend six months in London to develop a symphonic work with the BBC Orchestra, and Tasmania Performs has received funding to stage Indigenous playwright Nathan Maynard's play The Season at Ten Days on the Island.

Mr Grybowski said nearly a quarter of the successful applicants were based in regional or remote areas, ensuring regional audiences benefitted from stories told by their own communities.

Key Facts

  • More than $11 million in grants were awarded in the February round.
  • 1,542 applications were received and 404 projects have been supported.
  • $11.2m granted in this round includes $5 million to 239 individual artists, $1.6 million for 65 groups, and $4.6 million to support 100 small to medium arts organisations.
  • 29% of projects chose access and participation and audience engagement as their main focus.
  • 113 peers involved in this round represented all states and territories and all art forms. 25% were from regional or remote areas, 19% from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and 19% identify as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
  • 39% of successful applicants in this round had never applied to the Australia Council before, building on the 20% of first time applicants in the March 2015 grants round.

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