Local arts organisations and individuals are among groups throughout Western Australia to benefit from a $9 million State Government investment in arts and culture.
Releasing details of the grants, Arts Minister Kay Hallahan said the funding would yield great economic and social benefits for the State.
The arts employed an estimated 14,500 Western Australians and had important economic spin-offs, including for the tourism industry.
Mrs Hallahan said the grants for theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music and Aboriginal arts meant that Western Australians could enjoy diverse cultural experiences.
"The grants are part of the Lawrence Government's $60 million funding package for the arts and culture in 1992-93, an increase of more than 10 per cent on the previous year," she said.
Funding totalling $7.9 million was allocated to large State arts agencies for 1993 activities, while $1.2 million went to smaller arts organisations and individuals for projects in the first half of 1993.
· $20,000 for the Artists' Regional Exchange towards administrative and program costs for the first half of 1993;
· $30,000 to the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation towards the annual Kyana Aboriginal cultural festival;
· $22,100 for the Abmusic Aboriginal Corporation towards administration costs for 1993;
· $6,000 for writer Alfred Taylor to produce a collection of short stories;
· $2,000 for musician Rick Lovegrove to produce a demonstration cassette;
· $2,500 for Vera Whittington to write a biography of Sister Kate, founder of Parkerville and Queen's Park children's homes.
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· $7,750 for theatre designer Leaf Watson to undertake a six-month traineeship with theatre design teacher Leigh Hewson-Bower; and -
· $6,000 for Lionel Welsh to convert a completed manuscript based on skid row experiences into a theatre piece.