CREATE grants now open for mid-career authors and artists


The Copyright Agency is calling for applicants for its annual round of CREATE grants, which close next month on 19 August.

CREATE grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established writers and visual artists to create and develop new work. Grants are allocated in $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 amounts.

Author Josephine Rowe received $10,000 last August for the final stage of development and edits for her short story collection, Here Until August, which will be published by Black Inc. in September and by US publisher Catapult in October.

Josephine says, “The generosity of a CREATE grant enabled me to focus solely on the completion of my most recent collection of stories, allowing me the time and creative space for both risk and refinement during the most critical point of the book’s development.

Here Until August is Josephine’s third short story collection, but the first to be published overseas. She has also written a novel, A Loving Faithful Animal (UQP) and been frequently published in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review and The Lifted Brow.

“…the grant’s effect was most deeply impactful…”

“Black Inc’s support and belief in the book as a valuable work is unlike any I’ve experienced for my previous story collections in Australia. In this sense – personally, at the very least – it feels a breakthrough to be taken so seriously as a writer of short fiction, and I’m grateful to have had the resources to realise the collection to its fullest,” says Josephine.

“The most recent stories, for which the grant’s effect was most deeply impactful, are now attracting the interest of major international publications.”

Read our Tips for a winning CREATE grant application. Apply for a CREATE grant.

Another CREATE grant recipient, the artist, jeweller and taxidermist, Julia deVille, has won the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art at Montsalvat in Eltham Vic (now until 21 July) and is a finalist and exhibitor in the Ramsay Art Prize at the Art Gallery of South Australia (now until 25 Aug) and the Footscray Art Prize (now until 20 July).

Julia deVille’s The folly of the second law of thermodynamics, 2018 is on show at VU at MetroWest and Footscray Community Arts Centre until 20 July 2019.

Grants for Organisations close 30 September

Applications open for the second round of Cultural Fund grants for organisations in the middle of this month, closing on 30 September.

The Cultural Fund provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.

Our aim is to support our members and stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian writers and visual artists that connects with audiences.

In the last funding round announced, over $1m was committed to 37 projects.

Key beneficiaries included the National Museum of Australia, to commission non-fiction essays from Australian writers on Living with the AnthropoceneThe Guardian, to enhance its coverage of Australian books and writing; and Kaldor Public Arts Projects, for its five-month artist takeover of the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Successful grantees from the first round of funding this year will be announced in mid-July.

Please contact the Cultural Fund to discuss a potential proposal before submitting an application.




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