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First Nations Commissioning Fund - funding outcomes

The First Nations Commissioning Fund is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural practitioners, organisations, collectives or communities to commission and deliver uniquely Queensland Indigenous stories, arts and cultural experiences, products and celebrations.

Objectives

  • commissioning of high-quality visual arts, mixed media or performance works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and organisations
  • creative development of emerging Indigenous works 
  • professional fees for key First Nations creatives including cultural consultants, writers, designers, artists, directors, choreographers, dramaturgs, performers and other lead artists and arts workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander emerging festivals or events in Queensland communities 
  • costs towards artistic collaboration between Indigenous arts practitioners and a nationally or internationally significant artist or company

 

Outcomes

The First Nations Commissioning Fund will support 19 projects with funding of $836,781 to deliver uniquely Queensland Indigenous stories, arts and cultural experiences, products and celebrations.

  • Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council $15,000 – Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival 2021

  • Ms Ruth Ghee $61,000 – Dancing the Line Group

  • Dr David Hudson $29,981 – From Campfire to Stagelight

  • Bamaga Productions $80,000 – Crab and the Mangrove Tree

  • Ms Fiona Wirrer-George $28,000 – Arnya Spirit/Oochunyung Dreaming

  • Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Limited $64,000 – LIVE IT UP

  • Ms Merindi Schrieber $50,000 – The Ngamumu Theatre Project

  • Mr Errol Neal $30,000 – Whale Song Festival

  • Djabugay Tribal Aboriginal Corporation $40,000 – Yimbi & Madjay Ala

  • Gail Mabo $60,000 – Gubbal Fire Project - A community cultural development project

  • MOONKS Indigenous Art on Furniture $27,500 – My story: the unbroken spirit of the Kalkadoons

  • BlakDance $77,000 – ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

  • Grace Lillian Lee Productions $29,900 – My Woven Home

  • Mirndiyan Gununa Aboriginal Corporation $30,000 – Welcome to Our Country Collection

  • Aboriginal Art Co $50,000 – PERSPECTIVE: a collection of artistic interpretations of natural landscapes by First Nations artists

  • Miss Katina Olsen $30,000 – Preparing Ground

  • Central West Aboriginal Corporation $74,500 – Connecting And Making Pathways – CAMP

  • Karul Projects $30,000 – SSHIFTT by Karul Projects

  • Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation Rntbc $29,900 – Ngumpi wagari (carry home)

 

Information about the fund

Funding available

  • up to $100,000 towards large scale commissions. This may include large scale creative projects, development, festivals or presentations and must involve other partners and collaborators.  Projects can take place at multiple venues or in communities across Queensland. Applicants cannot apply for 100% of project costs through this funding stream. 
  • up to $30,000 towards small scale commissions. Applicants can apply for 100% of project costs through this funding stream.

 

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be based in Queensland.

Additional eligibility criteria apply. See guidelines for a full list of eligibility requirements.

 

How to apply

Applications open: 20 July 2020

Applications close: 20 August 2020

  1. Read the First Nations Commissioning Fund guidelines (DOCX) (1.04 MB) and Frequently Asked Questions (DOCX) (416.25 KB) (DOCX) (416.25 KB)
  2. Apply online. If you cannot apply online, please contact Arts Queensland.

Online submission through SmartyGrants is Arts Queensland's preferred method for receiving application forms and outcome reports for our funding programs.

If circumstances prevent you from providing your application or outcome report in this format please contact an Arts Investment Officer on (07) 3034 4016 or toll free 1800 175 53, or email investment@arts.qld.gov.au.

 

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