Cultural Funding Strengthens Australasian Ties

January 30, 2014 | Author

Writers, artists and publishers are strengthening creative links between Australia and Asia thanks to new funding for cultural projects.

The latest recipients of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund will share in more than $630,000 for projects as diverse as exhibitions, residencies, awards and cultural exchange.

Manager of the Cultural Fund, Zoë Rodriguez, says the Copyright Agency and the organisation’s members are committed to building a strong foundation for Australian creators.

“Through the Cultural Fund, the Copyright Agency supports a wide variety of projects assisting writers, artists and publishers to deliver new work and fresh initiatives,” Ms Rodriguez says.

“This group of recipients was particularly strong, with many projects working towards the important goal of strengthening Asian markets for Australian creators.”

Alice Springs’ Desart, the peak industry body for Aboriginal art centres, will develop a cultural exchange partnership with Arts Council Korea for five South Korean artists and six artists from Papunya Tjupi and Ikuntji Artists Centres.

Ms Rodriguez says there are also a number of initiatives connecting creators with the educational sector.

“These projects provide significant benefits to authors and artists through interaction with communities, as well as opportunities for students and other members of the educational community to learn from some of Australia’s best creators.”

A project for Victorian primary schools will bring Aboriginal cultural objects and history into the classroom through a series of Indigenous archaeology learning activities and creative workshops developed by La Trobe University.

Sydney theatre group Poetry In Action will use its funding to commission leading Australian playwright, Caleb Lewis, to create a brand new piece of theatre for schools based on Australian poetic works.

Click here for more information and for a full list of recipients.

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