- 12 WA artists have shared in a grants pool worth more than $400,000
- The grants, for more than $15,000 each, will help the artists develop and stage a range of projects in music, dance, writing, theatre and visual arts and crafts
- Cultural industries boost vibrancy and promote economic growth, creating new jobs
A total of 12 Western Australian artists will share in a grants pool worth $411,676 to assist them to create new works, expand their profiles and encourage community participation in arts and cultural activities.
The Creative Development Grants program is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts and provides artists with grants worth more than $15,000.
By supporting local artists and encouraging community participation, the McGowan Government is promoting cultural industries in Western Australia which create jobs and boost the economy.
Some of the successful artists and their projects include:
Gina McGill, $39,550
The grant will assist Bassendean-based singer and songwriter Gina McGill to develop the performance piece Warangka! (Sing!). The piece will combine contemporary original songs in Noongar language with iconic songs from high-profile Australian songwriters such as Paul Kelly, Steve Kilbey and Archie Roach.
Performing Lines Ltd WA, $40,000
This grant will help Performing Lines and Sensorium Theatre, based in Perth, to develop Whoosh!, an interactive theatre show designed for children with disabilities.
City of Fremantle, $39,996
The City of Fremantle received funding to present High Tide, which is the first incarnation of the Fremantle Biennale. High Tide will feature 10 site-specific artworks, performances and public programs.
pvi collective pty ltd, $39,562
This grant will assist Rachel Arianne Ogle, based in Perth, to present her new dance and installation work i have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night in collaboration with Benjamin Cisterne and Luke Smiles. The work will be part of the Reckless Acts season at PICA in February 2018.
For the full list of successful artists, visit http://www.dca.wa.gov.au/funding/funding-highlights/past-recipients-from-2016/creative-development
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"The Creative Development Grants 15k-plus round of funding supports the development and growth of sustainable, professional creative practice in Western Australia.
"These grants will support projects in music, theatre and visual arts that will enhance the professional skills of emerging and established artists and will encourage participation in the arts.
"The McGowan Government is committed to supporting the arts and creative industries sector to promote social, cultural and economic growth in WA through the creation of new jobs.
"Congratulations to all those who received funding in this round and I look forward to seeing the results of their work."
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