“Create NSW (a newly amalgamated agency incorporating Arts NSW and Screen NSW from 1 April 2017) is now the NSW Government’s agency for arts, screen and culture in NSW.”
There has been little evidence of dynamism in the NSW arts support programs for a long time and this new initiative brings some welcome energy to policies and programs.
The newly titled Create NSW has circulated the following announcement.
We Built This City/ Redfern School of Displacement, 2016, Keg de Souza, Instillation view at Vine Street, Redfern, for the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Photo: Ben Symons.
Create NSW invites artists and arts and cultural organisations across NSW to apply for funding under the 2017/2018 Arts and Cultural Development Program.
The program supports music and of course, visual arts, museums, literature, dance, regional touring, capital works and professional development for artists.
Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey said the Arts and Cultural Development Program is the bedrock funding program for NSW arts and culture. It is a critical component of the NSW Government’s bold vision for arts and culture as reflected in Create in NSW, the Government’s 10-year policy framework.
‘The variety of funding opportunities available through this program will help strengthen our small to medium arts and cultural organisations and unlock the full potential of artists and cultural practitioners. It is central to the continued success of our state’s dynamic arts and culture,’ Mr Brealey said.
The program will support projects that focus on excellence, engagement and participation within priority areas including Aboriginal arts and culture, people living and/or working in Western Sydney and regional NSW, people living with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and young people.
‘By seeking out and supporting these qualities we will foster and grow an ambitious, contemporary, and progressive sector that is inspired locally, but has national and international appeal,’ Brealey said.
Mr Brealey said that the launch of the guidelines comes as the NSW Government works towards better empowering and supporting the arts, cultural and screen sectors in NSW. Create NSW will provide a strong platform to foster a connected and inclusive cultural environment.
Representatives from Create NSW will conduct a Regional Roadshow across the state throughout May to promote the program and provide further detail around the funding opportunities available.
Applications will run progressively until February 2018. To view and download a copy of the guidelines and for details on the Regional Roadshow, visit www.create.nsw.gov.au
For information on screen funding and incentives or filming in NSW, please visit the Screen NSW website.