ACT Minister for the Arts Joy Burch has today encouraged ACT arts organisations to apply for a share of $51,000 in funding to support the development of artist-in-residence programs.The Arts Residencies ACT funding program, now in its second year, supports opportunities for nationally and internationally recognised artists to spend time living and working in Canberra or immediate surrounds.
“They encourage artists to experiment, create new work and engage with the local community, sharing ideas and methodologies and fostering innovation and creative thinking,” says Ms Burch.
Last year, initiatives funded in the first round of the program included an opportunity for an Australian Indigenous artist and a visiting international artist to work and stay at Gudgenby Cottage in the Namadgi National Park, hosted by CraftACT in partnership with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service; and the Heritage of Lanyon artist residency which is a joint initiative of ACT Museums and Galleries and the ACT Heritage Unit.
Ms Burch said she believed the funding would expand opportunities for artists and arts organisations and help develop Canberra as a sought after destination for artists.
Applications to the Arts Residencies ACT funding category close on Friday, March 29. For information and application forms visit www.arts.act.gov.au or call artsACT on 6207 2384.