2013 Cultural Fund Projects

OCTOBER 2013 RECIPIENTS

Applicant Amount Description
Cultural Exchange
ATF Press

$25,000

This project aims to build meaningful relationships between Australian and Chinese publishers through regular meetings and round-table discussions.
Australian Embassy, Beijing

$20,000

The 2014 Australian Writers Week in China will aim to raise the profile of Australian contemporary writing in China and encourage networking and collaboration between publishers and authors across the two countries.
China Residencies

$30,000

Funding will support China residencies for five Australian artists to return to China for their second or third visit. These creators will build on their past experiences at an established artist residency program and gain a deeper understanding of China’s many cultural facets and expand the market in China for new Australian works.
Cultural Partnerships Asia

$20,000

Yuanyang will see five artists and one curator with mixed Aboriginal and Chinese heritage undertake a series of workshops, public forums and exhibitions hosted by three arts-focused educational institutions in China.
DESART INC

$10,000

Funding will support a cultural exchange partnership between Desart and Arts Council Korea involving a 10 day program for five South Korean artists to work in situ with artists at Papunya Tjupi and Ikuntji Art Centres and Mutitjulu Arts Studio, and an opportunity for six artists from Papunya and Ikuntji to visit Seoul.
Literary Events Asia Pacific Plus

$7,000

Funding will support participation by six Australian creators in Bridging Cultures the 2014 conference of the Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Association in partnership with the National Book Development Council of Singapore. The conference will explore ways to boost the exportability of national literatures in world book markets.
Playwriting Australia

$5,000

P4A Playwriting Project: Asian-Australian Playwright Incubator will invite theatre-makers, performers, writers and bloggers from Asian backgrounds to attend workshops led by Playwriting Australia’s trained facilitators in the basic elements of dramatic structure.
Reg Newitt

$15,000

Funding will support the China section of thePeach Blossom Spring l Cacotopia project – an international cultural exchange showcasing the work of eight Australian, Chinese and UK artists artists at Guandong Museum of Art (GMoA).
Children’s Writing
The Children’s Book Council of Australia  (CBCA)

$7,000

Funding will support the CBCA National Conference which aims to provide a national forum for discussion, debate and study of children’s literature and to promote excellence in the field. The conference will also provide opportunities for aspiring authors and illustrators to learn more about the craft, discuss their work with publishers and explore new technologies.
SCBWI – peak children’s writers & illustrator body

$10,000

The annual SCBWI Conference will enable Australian authors and illustrators to meet with and hear a presentation from US children’s publisher Scholastic and acclaimed US author Bryan Colliers.
Australian Children’s Literature Alliance

$20,000

Funding will support the 2014-15 Australian Children’s Laureate program where one or more Australian children’s authors and/or illustrators spend two years promoting Australian children’s books and reading.
IBBY Australia Incorporated

$30,000

Funding will support international and national promotion of Australian children’s authors, illustrators and their works, via IBBY’s worldwide network of 77 affiliates, IBBY’s biennial awards, and congresses and public seminars.
Digital Development
Seizure (under the auspices of Xou Pty Ltd)

$10,000

Alt Txt will engage up to 40 Australian writers to explore new forms of writing and establish a unique body of work that examines how our language is changing in the face of new technology and new media.
NSW Writers’ Centre

$5,000

Funding will support the NSW Writers’ Centre to offer an expanded program of symposiums designed to help writers navigate the constantly changing world of publishing technology and marketing.
Education
CAUL / ASA

$45,000

Funding will support a fellowship program to provide Australian artists, authors, scholars and researchers with an opportunity to benefit from concentrated access to unique special collections within Australian university libraries with the aim of developing new publications.
Currency Press

$21,500

Funding will be used to commission ten Australian playwrights to develop new written responses to iconic and significant Australian plays, with the new works mapped to the National Curriculum.
Riverina Children’s Literature Roundtable

$5,000

The Riverina Children’s Literature Roundtable is a program of monthly community meetings, with speakers including creators of children’s literature, educators and researchers. It will also involve authors speaking to local schools and offering workshops for writers and students in the community.
Young Archaeologists’ Program, La Trobe University

$13,500

This project for Victorian primary schools will bring Aboriginal Cultural Objects and history into the classroom through a series of creative workshops and Indigenous archaeology-focused learning activities.
Prizes and Awards
Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH)

$10,000

Funding will support the establishment of the AAH Medal for Excellence in Translation to draw attention to the essential professional and cultural activities of translators and translation in Australia.
Express Media

$8,000

The Young Writers’ Innovation Prize supports new and exciting ideas by writers, publishers, and digital media experts. Writers under 30 from around Australia can pitch ideas demonstrating innovation in literature and publication to Express Media.
Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) Council Inc.

$15,000

Children’s Voices In Australian Fiction – YABBA Ambassadors seeks to engage Victorian children in reading Australian fiction books by participating in an annual children’s choice book award, and engaging a group of authors and illustrators as ambassadors to schools across the state.
Publishers
John Leonard Press, on behalf of John Leonard

$5,000

Funding will support the work Letting the Poem In: Reading Poetry in Australia this Century which encourages both poets and readers to re-approach poetry as an invigorating literary art.
Kill Your Darlings

$10,000

The Copyright Agency Investigative Journalism Mentorshipwill offer three mentorships with award-winning journalist Gideon Haigh for emerging investigative journalists. The project will also commission and publish three long-form investigative articles as eShorts and for the Kill Your Darlingsjournals.
Meanjin

$10,000

Funding will support fellowships to assist lading Australian authors to create new essay works which will be published by Meanjin.
NewSouth Publishing

$30,000

Copyfight: firing up conversation about copyrightwill bring together voices from the creative industries, media, cultural institutions, law firms, government and universities to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of copyright through forums, debates and publications.
Overland

$8,000

For each 2014 edition, Overland will commission Australian artists, cartoonists and illustrators to produce the cover, three new cartoons and images interpreting the written works.
Theatre
Australian Performance Exchange

$8,800

Funding will enable two poets to participate in the development of a new work Origin-Transit-Destination – a new multilingual reality theatre work looking at global issues of asylum seeking – as well as related education resources.
Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP)

$10,000

The Fresh Ink 4×4 program will connect 16 young playwrights from NSW, Vic, SA and WA with leading playwrights through a program of mentoring sessions, peer meetings, readings and performances.
Monkey Baa Theatre Company

$6,000

Funding will support Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s Sunday Author Series of professional workshops for aspiring authors and illustrators.
Poetry in Action

$20,000

Poetry In Action will commission leading Australian playwright, Caleb Lewis to create a brand new piece of theatre in education, Aussie Anthology,based on assorted Australian poetic works which deal with the concept of Australian identity.
Sydney Chamber Opera

$4,000

Funding will support masterclasses on chamber opera libretto writing and composition to coincide with the Sydney Chamber Opera’s performances of Mayakovsky.
Visual Arts
Arts Law Centre of Australia

$12,000

Arts Law will undertake an action research project to scope the feasibility of alternative delivery models for the current Artists In The Black Wills drafting project.
Australian Art Events Foundation – Art Month Sydney (AMS)

$10,000

Funding will support AMS ATSI Contemporary Urban Indigenous Art Program, a dedicated exhibition of contemporary urban indigenous art.
Australian Art Events Foundation – Art Month Sydney (AMS)

$8,500

Funding will support Art Month Sydney to improve their ‘Hear’ Programming Stream, expanding audiences to watch and/or listen online. ‘Hear’ comprises talks, panels and in-conversation events for audiences to engage with art, artists and galleries.
Australian Art Events Foundation – Art Month Sydney (AMS)

$5,000

Funding will support Art Month Sydney to offer internships in production, education, marketing and festival management establishing clear professional pathways for participants through formal mentoring and supervision
Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC

$10,000

FCAC in partnership with Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) will deliver a Pacific Public Arts Program involving a series of innovative creative arts workshops facilitated by contemporary artists of Pacific heritage.
Gertrude Contemporary

$11,000

Funding will support Gertrude Contemporary’s Emerging Writers program which supports young arts writers through publication in a wide variety of platforms, training and skills development, and a mentorship with a senior writer.
Ian Potter Museum of Art University Melbourne

$12,500

The world is not a foreign land is an exhibition which brings together diverse works from the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley and Eastern Arnhemland. The artists will be connected with an educational setting through talks and workshops. 
Kaldor Public Art Projects

$20,000

Funding will support free public and education programs as part of the Kaldor Public Art Projects’ Projects 28 and 29 featuring the work of Roman Ondák and Tino Sehgal.
Lorne Sculpture Exhibition Inc.

$10,000

Funding will support Sculpturscape, a project which aims to build community appreciation for sculpture through free public sessions during which artists create new works.
Martumili Artists – Shire of East Pilbara

$10,000

Funding will support nine Martu artists to travel to Adelaide for the 2014 Biennial exhibition opening to view their work, participate in artists talks and public program events, and network with other participating Biennial artists.
New England Regional Art Museum Ltd (NERAM)

$10,000

This project will place three artists whose practice is digitally based in a residency at NERAM and participate in 18 workshops for school and university students.
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)

$15,000

Culture+Ideas: The Written Word will commission a new generation of writers to produce short written works in response to SCAF’s exhibitions and commissioned projects. In addition, a writer-in-residency program will allow writers the time and space to develop new work and engage with the Foundation, its artists and projects, as well as engage the SCAF community and audience through workshops, conversations and readings.
Writers Groups and Festivals
Australasian Association of Writing Programs

$9,000

Funding will support opportunities for authors to have their work published in Meniscus literary journal, as well as mentorships for emerging editors.
New England Writers Centre Incorporated

$5,480

The Skype Sessions are one hour online workshops with authors and industry professionals (such as publishers, agents, editors) to allow regional writers to learn from people they would never usually have access to.
PEN Melbourne

$10,000

The Freespeak program of events and activities mains to provide wider and new audiences for participating writers and their works, and includes workshops for young rural and Cambodian writers.
School of Arts, University of New England

$10,000

Visual Storytelling in Australia is a practitioner-led symposium that assesses the unique contribution of illustration and visual storytelling to Australian Literature. Six illustrators will present their work alongside academics from UNE and local writers.
The Eleanor Dark Foundation

$7,500

Funding will support Australian Authors and Poets to participate in the 2014 Varuna with Sydney Writers’ Festival Blue Mountains Program.
The Wheeler Centre

$11,400

Australian Writers “On the Road” comprises four major public events that take the Wheeler Centre ‘on the road’ to outer metropolitan Melbourne hubs, in partnership with local councils, community groups, arts organisations, bookstores and schools.
Townsville Writers and Publishers Centre (TWPC)

$5,000

Funding will support Write Café, a series of residencies for emerging and professional writers at cafes in North Queensland. The works will be published in an eBook anthology and the TWPC will mentor the writers as they create these new works.

APRIL 2013 RECIPIENTS

Applicant Amount Description
Children’s Writing Applications
NSW Children’s Book Council of Australia

$2,500

Funding will be used to run the Maurice Saxby Lecture in 2013, which promotes the value of literature for young people.
Pinerolo, NSW

$20,000

Five residences per year for two years for children’s book authors and illustrators will be run by Margaret Hamilton at her purpose built writers/illustrators accommodation in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.
The Literature Centre, WA

$10,000

The Fremantle centre dedicated to children’s books, their creators and building literacy for children will run a conference which brings together authors and illustrators, as well as the educators who use their books in classrooms.
Digital Development
Sydney Review of Books, NSW

$40,000

The Sydney Review of Books will use $20,000 per year for two years to commission long-form reviews of Australian books online.
UNE, NSW

$20,000

Funding will support the project ‘Creative Ecological Investigations 1: urban and Rural Fauna’ which will link artists with botanical data for creative interpretation.
Education
Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)

$45,000

Funding will support the attendance of authors at ASAL’s annual conferences so that they can be in direct contact with the academics who teach their works.
Australian Catholic University (ACU)

$2,250

ACU will use Cultural Fund support to bring authors to a conference focused on the arts, spirituality and the sacred.
Macquarie University

$5,000

Macquarie University will run a second year of its Future of Writing Symposium which will discuss issues faced by journalists and long-form non-fiction authors.
NSW Department of Education

$16,250

Funding will support the 2014 scholarship for a NSW teacher in the schools or TAFE sector to undertake research into innovation in the classroom for the benefit of future teaching practice in NSW.
Sculpture in the Vineyards, NSW

$5,000

An education program engaging local schools alongside the Sculpture exhibition will be supported by the Cultural Fund.
Prizes and Awards
Australian Crime Writers Association, Vic

$8,500

Funding will support the 2013 Ned Kelly Awards and help the awards to increase their national presence and raise the profile of these crime writing awards.
Finch Memorial Prize, NSW

$5,000

Funding will go towards writers of memoir as prize money to raise the profile of memoir writing in Australia.
Miles Franklin, NSW

$45,000

The Cultural Fund will continue support of the $5,000 cash prize to each of the short-listed authors, and to support reviews of long-listed works by previous Miles Franklin short-listed authors and other prominent Australian authors.
The Queensland Literary Awards

$25,000

The Cultural Fund will support the David Unaipon Award for an unpublished manuscript by an Indigenous author.
Publishers
The Big Issue,Vic

$25,950

The Big Issue will use Cultural Fund support for the production of a Fiction Edition including works by established and emerging Australian writers.
Express Media, Vic

$21,000

Funding of $7,000 per year for three years will support running of the NEWS conference which provides professional skills development for the student editors of university and other student journals from across Australia.
Griffith Review, Qld

$20,000

$20,000 will support the 2013 Novella Award – this time focusing on historical fiction. Griffith Reviewwill continue to trial the sale of short-form digital format works, as well as the regular print edition of their journal.
Seizure Magazine, NSW

$10,000

Funding will support the mentoring of emerging editors as they undertake their first commission of works, and will also support the commissioning fees for those works.
Small Press Network (SPN), Vic

$60,000

SPN will run an annual conference for three years ($20,000 per year) on issues relevant to publishing houses, and specifically on the issues raised by the transition to digital publishing.
Meanjin, NSW

$12,000

Meanjin will use Cultural Fund support for four mentorships of three to four months over a year for arts writers and critics to examine the current state of new media art in Australia.
UWS Indonesia Literature Forum, NSW

$10,000

Key authors, publishers, literary editors and translators will meet and discuss publishing in Australia and Indonesia – building cultural awareness and trade ties.
Theatre
Belvoir Theatre, NSW

$15,000

Funding will support Tim Spencer’s role as Associate Artist at Belvoir Theatre in 2013.
Brown’s Mart Arts, NT

$37,500

Funding of $12,500 per year for three years will support the commissioning of plays from Indigenous and emerging NT playwrights.
ICE Parramatta, NSW

$10,000

Funding will support emerging screenwriters from Western Sydney in developing script treatments and pitches.
Inscription, NSW

$60,000

$20,000 per year for three years will support a Fulbright scholarship for an established Australian playwright to spend four months in New York developing a new play and their writing skills and building professional networks.
Perth Theatre Company, WA

$5,150

Five intensive workshops for five selected emerging WA artists will be run with internationally renowned multi-media artist Fleur Elise Noble.
Visual Arts
All the Perks, NSW

$20,000

Funding will support the development of a program for skills training in fabric design for Indigenous artists.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, Vic

$13,000

Funding will support two of the 2013 Victorian Indigenous Art awards for 3D artworks and works on paper.
Arts Law Centre, NSW

$39,600

Funding will support the running of Wills drafting sessions for Indigenous artists – explaining the value of intellectual property to artists and assisting in managing these important rights.
Das Platforms, NSW

$10,000

Established art writers will mentor emerging art writers whose works will be published in Das Platforms.
Desart Inc, NT

$5,000

Funding will support a workshop on Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property rights.
Neon Parc, Vic

$10,000

The project involves emerging and mid-career artists from across Australia creating new work in response to a survey of an established Australian artist. The project will facilitate exchanges between visual artists, writers, artist run spaces, commercial and public galleries.
National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Synergy, NSW

$10,000

NAVA Synergy will help artists develop projects and enhance career prospects through mentorship on developing business skills new audiences, markets and investors.
Power Institute, NSW

$24,000

Funding will support an Indigenous art writing prize for new work by Indigenous artists, and a dissertation prize for writing on Indigenous art by masters and PHD students.
Rinse Out Inc (Underbelly Arts), NSW

$4,500

Funding will support a collaborative visual art/writing project and mentorships for artists who will work with a range of artists over a 10-hour period.
Writers’ Groups and Festivals
Australian Historical Association, Vic

$21,000

Funding will support emerging historians to participate in the national conference for their profession, as well as writing workshops from established historians providing intense mentorship and a publishing outlet for works that are developed.
Australian Medical Writers Association, NSW

$3,000

Funding will support the 2013 annual conference of medical writers in Australia.
Brisbane Writers Festival

$5,000

Funding will support an Illustrator in Residence’. who will attend, provide activities for children, professional development seminars for educators and librarians and create temporary public art around the Queensland State Library.
Chamber Made Opera, Vic

$7,000

This workshop will provide professional development for librettists, covering a close connection between words and music.
First Nations Writers Network, NSW

$10,000

This will support a two day Indigenous writing conference to be held in Brisbane.
National Library of Australia (NLA), ACT

$20,000

The NLA will use the funding to support the costs of authors participating in a conference on writing about Australia.
Next Wave, Vic

$5,000

Next Wave will use Cultural Fund support for mentorships with emerging writers over a number of months.
NSW Writers Centre

$4,200

The Cultural Fund will support a one day symposium to address how writers can promote themselves in the online environment.
NSW State Library Authors

$30,000

Cultural Fund support of $10,000 per year for three years will fund the costs of touring winning authors from the NSW Premier’s Literary and History prizes in regional NSW through public library networks.
SA History Council

$2,500

Funding will contribute to costs of running a lecture in Adelaide and in Mount Gambier by a professional historian for an audience of historians and the public.
Walkley/Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)

$10,000

Funding will support the 2013 Freelancers Conference for professional development for journalists.

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