26 Feb 2015
Grants support excellence in WA arts
During 2014 dozens of grants were awarded to Western Australian artists and arts and collections practitioners and organisations through the Department of Culture and the Arts’ grants programs.
Ranging from Fellowships for overseas study to funds that will produce new theatre, dance, art exhibitions, sculpture, books and music, the grants were provided to artists and organisation across Western Australia.
Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) director general Duncan Ord said the grants programs offered funding programs covering a broad range of artforms.
“The Department’s grants programs are becoming increasingly sought after as they support both the sector and its members, including emerging artists, to undertake often challenging and ambitious projects,” Mr Ord said.
“Their endeavours bring a range of benefits to Western Australians, from more and diverse local dance, theatre and musical productions and performances, through to new literature, film and art.
“For those who undertake study and performance nationally and internationally, they bring back to WA the latest information and techniques across numerous artforms, which benefits the sector, the public, children and students.”
Mr Ord said that the Department’s work also aims to anticipate the sector’s future requirements and to provide a flexible approach to support artists and arts workers.
“Recently released research commission by DCA showed a strong commitment to the arts in regional WA, which is reflected in the earlier launch of a three-year program to boost the number of professional performances visiting regional areas beginning in 2015,” he said.
“In addition, a one-off grants round was created that supported 21 artists and arts workers from around the State to attend the 2014 Regional Arts Australia Summit: Arts & Edges in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”
DCA also provided more than $400,000 for a range of travel assistance to assist artists and art workers to take up short notice invitations and opportunities.
Mr Ord said the Department averaged between 700 – 800 applications for grants program annually and all applications are assessed by independent peer assessment panels to ensure a fair and equitable process.
“Peer assessment has been part of the grants process since 1986,” he said.
“It allows all applications to be independently evaluated by people with industry experience, up-to-date knowledge and specific areas of expertise.”
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