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Connecting with WA community collections

11 Sep 2013

The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) annual Connect – Community Collections Funding Program grants will assist the creation of new exhibitions, musical compositions and a number of public programs.
DCA A/director general Alan Ferris said that applications for the Connect grants had increased since their introduction in 2008.

“Connect supports public programs and professional development for Western Australian collecting organisations, artists and curators,” Mr Ferris said.

This year’s successful applicants include a retrospective exhibition by the Mundaring Arts Centre featuring influential women artists of the 20th century, and the creation of a new work by musician David Hyams based around the City of Armadale’s History House Museum music collection of instruments, programs, images, sheet music and recordings.

Mr Ferris said the Connect program included three categories, Professional Development, Artist in Residence and Engaging Collections which supported residencies, professional development, marketing and the promotion of collections, exhibitions, public programs or events.

“Applications were considered by an independent panel which focussed on projects showing good planning and strong links to the collection it is based around,” Mr Ferris said.
“The panel commented that it was pleased to see both the increase in the number of applications and the level of innovation of the proposals, indicating the sector’s growing awareness of the range of activities that can be supported by Connect.”