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APPLICATIONS for arts projects in 2018, and nominations for the ACT Book of the Year will open this Monday, June 26.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our arts community to apply for funding for their arts activities,” says ACT Minister for the Arts and Community Events, Gordon Ramsay.

Project funding supports the development of artists at all stages of their careers – applications are open to individuals, groups and arts organisations seeking to develop their artistic skills through project work. Community organisations wishing to undertake projects with a professional artist are also encouraged to apply.

The ACT Book of the Year Award recognises and rewards contemporary literary works including fiction, non-fiction and poetry, with a prize of $10,000, which goes towards supporting the development of local writers and promoting writing in the ACT.

In announcing the opening of applications, Mr Ramsay stressed that an important part of funding is the peer assessment process. This emphasis comes in the wake of savage cuts to project funding in 2017, which have since been partly rectified by Minister Ramsay.

A public Information session will be held at Gorman Arts Centre from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday, July 4.

Arts ACT will also facilitate individual 20 minute sessions for applicants at Ainslie Arts Centre on July 11, at Tuggeranong Arts Centre on July 13, and at Belconnen Arts Centre on July 17, all from 12pm to 2pm. Bookings essential to artsACT on 6207 2384.

Applications for both Project Funding and nominations for Book of the Year due by 5pm, Friday, July 28 to


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