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Arts Queensland Resources Update – issue 27 of 2015

Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants across a broad range of sectors and endeavours. Grants are managed through nine program areas including the arts. Expressions of interest for the current round close on 11 December 2015.

Arts Queensland – Organisations Fund (2017-2020) Draft Guidelines
The Organisations Fund provides multi-year funding to contribute to the core operations of small to medium organisations in delivering arts and cultural activities that generate public value to Queensland. In early 2016, Arts Queensland will be accepting applications for the Organisations Fund (2017-2020).

There are some changes being proposed to the Organisations Fund (2017-2020) Guidelines.

Key changes include:

  • a move from triennial funding to quadrennial funding
  • inclusion of visual arts organisations seeking multi-year funding through the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy
  • the introduction of a two stage process: an Expression of Interest, followed by a full application (which includes a 10 minute pitch and a 10 minute Q&A session with the Organisations Fund Panel).

These changes are outlined in the Organisations Fund 2017-2020. Draft Guidelines that are now open for consultation until 5 pm Wednesday 16 December 2015.

Ministry of the Arts – Catalyst
Catalyst is the Australian Government’s new funding program for the arts. It will invest $12 million each year in innovative projects and initiatives from arts and cultural organisations. Projects by, or that involve, small to medium organisations will be given priority. The fund may also support some gallery, library, archive, museum, arts education and infrastructure projects. Applications can be made at any time.

Australia Council for the Arts – grants
The next round of Development Grants for Individuals and Groups, Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups and Arts Projects for Organisations close 2 February 2016.

Resources Update Survey
Thank you to every-one who completed the survey. A summary of results will be included in the next edition.

Articles & Reports
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Arts and Culture Concept Plan
Crowded house: how to keep festivals relevant in an oversaturated market John Weldon The Conversation
Arts National Technical Appendix Australia Council
Read it and weep: the book trade needs more than parallel import restrictions Jason Ensor The Conversation
How to encourage thriving contemporary theatre communities Louise Blackwell The Guardian UK
Friday essay: the art market is failing Australian artists Sasha Grishin The Conversation

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At the recent Queensland Literary Awards, Libby Connors received the Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance for her book, Warrior: A legendary leader’s dramatic life and violent death on the colonial frontier. We asked Libby to write about the importance of telling stories of local Aboriginal history and the writing techniques she used to bring the characters to life.


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