2010 Cultural Fund Projects


Arts Law Centre of Australia Wills and Administration Toolkit ($46,500)

The Arts Law Centre developed a toolkit for drafting wills and administration of estates to assist indigenous artists to value and manage their intellectual property rights. As part of the project, Arts Law Centre staff and other professionals travelled to remote communities to run training sessions and workshops.

Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) Conference 2011-13 ($45,000)
ASAL will use CAL funding to support their annual conference over three years to pay for authors’ travel and speaking expenses and to provide travel fees for post graduate students to attend the conference.Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) Fresh Ink Writers Studio ($20,000)
With CAL’s support, ATYP brought together young playwrights from around Australia to attend a one week intensive workshop to develop their writing skills.

Blake Society Educational Website Development ($10,000)
The Blake Society used their funding from the CAL Cultural Fund to develop a website to showcase its poetry award and poetry entered for the award to the educational sector.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Journalism Internship Program 2010 ($30,000)
This was the fourth year that the CAL Cultural Fund has supported overseas internships for final year journalism students at CSU. Students will participate in internships at foreign media outlets and learn about journalistic practices which are not undertaken in Australia.

Express Media NEWS Conference ($30,000)
Express Media will deliver three years worth of training to editors of student magazines and journals at the outset of their terms as editors. In the workshops, new editors will learn about managing editing cycles, commissioning works and complying with different laws relevant to publishing.

Magabala Books ($18,915)
Magabala Books brought authors and illustrators to Broome to run workshops for indigenous writers and authors with the aim of enhancing their professional skills and enabling them to create works for publication.

Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance/Walkley Media Conference 2010 ($30,000)
The conference, held in August 2010, was developed in collaboration with other key industry groups and discussed different narrative forms and delivery platforms in the changing media landscape.

Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing ($14,000)
The Ned Kelly Awards used CAL funding to pay winning authors an award. Judges of the award were also paid judging fees and travel expenses.

SCBWI Children’s Book Conference 2010 ($10,000)
The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) brought children’s book publishers and agents from Australia and overseas to their Children’s Book Conference in 2010, with the aim of creating opportunities for Australian authors and illustrators to trade their works.

Art Monthly’s Oz Pacifica thematic issue ($7,500)
Art Monthly published a special edition focused on Australian Pacific Art. It included a 16 page insert and was launched in the Cooke Islands.

ASA Manuscript Assessment Service Plan ($7,500)
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) devised a plan for assessing manuscripts that has provisions for reviewing limited amounts of a work through to a thorough assessment of complete works.

UWS and UTS Australia-Germany Writer in Residency ($6,500)
University of Western Sydney (UWS) and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) sent two emerging Australian writers to Berlin for a four-week residency. In Berlin, they had the opportunity to work on a text and to take German language classes.

Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) ($15,000)
The AAANZ used funding from CAL’s Cultural Fund to invite an international expert to address the AAANZ conference in Adelaide. They uploaded pod casts of the conference to their website along with reviews of artists’ exhibitions. Conference papers were also published in an edition of the AAANZ Journal of Art.

Australian Book Review (ABR): Calibre Award 2010 ($12,000)
ABR will run the Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay in 2010 and market the Young Calibre prize, which was not awarded in 2009.

Australian Poetry Slam ($10,000)
Australian Poetry Slam will use CAL funds to hire presenters for their Slam competition events across Australia in 2011. They will host heats, run workshops in schools, community centres and libraries.

Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS): Westside Writing Workshops ($10,000)
In 2009, funding from CAL enabled BYDS to hold fortnightly workshops for writers from Western Sydney. Funding will allow BYDS to run the workshops weekly in 2011.

Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA): Children’s literature in the centre ($10,000)
In August 2010, CBCA hosted a children’s literature festival in Alice Springs. Funding was used to support travel expenses for writers and illustrators to speak at the festival.

Emerging Writers Festival ($5000)
The Emerging Writers Festival was held online for ten days and allowed emerging writers to learn about new digital technologies via panels, launches, interviews and events using the web-portal Webconnect.

Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre author days ($45,000 over three years)
Seven groups of talented young authors and avid readers in years 7 and 8 from Fremantle, Albany, Bunbury and Geraldton will meet four times per year to work with one of Australia’s top authors for their age group in a full-day creative writing workshop.

Griffith Review: mentoring emerging writers ($20,000)
The Griffith Review used the majority of their CAL funding to publish pieces by emerging writers and to provide them with editorial mentorship. $5000 was used to present the GREW prize for the most outstanding work from an emerging writer.

Inscription: Edward Albee Master Class ($5,000)
Inscription, an organisation for script writers, organised intensive workshops for Australian script writers with Pulitzer Prize winner, Edward Albee in October 2010. They explored the work of five 20th century playwrights and then developed their own scripts to be showcased using an ensemble of Australian actors.

May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship ($10,000)
The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust supports creative writing fellowships for children’s book authors and illustrators. The fellowships are designed to give creators undisturbed time out of their regular lives to focus on their writing.

Literature Live: Video conferencing into classes ($12,500)
Six Australian authors created the content to run the ‘Literature Live!’ festival, which reached approximately 30 schools, including schools from remote and regional areas that do not usually have access to these creators.

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA): Artist Run Initiatives conference ($12,870)
NAVA hosted a conference to bring together peers working in artist run initiatives with the aim of enabling professional networking and discussion. This conference sits alongside the artist run initiatives website run by NAVA, an interactive information portal and social networking site for the sector.

The Nib: Waverly Library Award for Literature ($26,000)
The Nib award acknowledges excellence in research in the creation of literary works. Funding from CAL’s Cultural Fund will go towards prizes for the winner and the 6 shortlisted authors in 2011.

National Library of Australia (NLA): Writing History conference ($20,000)
In April 2011 the National Library of Australia hosted the Writing History Conference to bring together authors to discuss the depiction of Australia and its history in different works. CAL funding was used to support speakers’ fees and travel expenses for up to 25 Australian authors.

Overland: Commissioning minority writers’ works ($20,000)
Overland is an Australian literary journal and used funding from CAL to commission works from writers of minority backgrounds, including indigenous, homosexual and minority ethnic groups.

Scribe Fiction Prize ($24,000 for 2011 and 2012)
The Scribe Fiction Prize is open to unpublished manuscripts by any Australian writer over 35 years of age, who may or may not have been published before. CAL funding went towards funding the prize and Scribe will work with the author to bring the work to a publishable standard.

Sisters in Crime: 2011 Crime writing conference ($15,000)
Sisters in Crime is an Australian literary society, born from a shared interest in women’s crime and mystery fiction. They will use CAL funding to bring a key-note speaker from the US for their crime writing conference in October 2011.

Swimming with stories: China children’s book festival development ($45,000 over three years)
CAL funding will be used to support an Australian children’s book exhibition, a showcase of Australian books and workshops aimed at children, families, educators and Chinese publishers. This project will run over three years from 2011 to 2013.

This is not art: Visual arts 2010 ($6,000)
This is not art is an independent, emerging and experimental arts festival held in Newcastle over the October long weekend. CAL funding supported a visual arts program.

Writing WA: Content development ($20,000)
Writing WA \collaborated with the Western Australian department of education to develop multi-media material related to a number of texts for use in schools.

Art Education Australia: South East-Asia Pacific Regional Congress ($1,000)
Art Education Australia used CAL funding to support an established Australian artist’s attendance and presentation at their congress in Melbourne in October 2010.

Arts OutWest: Dead Bones on the road ($5,500)
Arts OutWest is the regional arts development service for Central West NSW. Writer Paul Stafford, with the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, delivered writing workshops via video conferencing to remote and regional schools across NSW.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Fringe award ($5,000)
Ballarat International Foto Biennale sent the winner of their fringe award to the UK where they will participate in portfolio reviews as part of Rhubarb Rhubarb, an international photography review and festival of the image.

Film and Television Institute (FTI) WA ($1,500)
FTI used their CAL funding to run screenwriter workshops for newcomers to screenwriting.

Mardi Gras Gallery Prize 2011 ($5,000)
CAL cultural funding was used to award the prize for the best entry into the Mardi Gras Gallery exhibition.  The exhibition is displayed throughout the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and is launched during the festival.

Professional Historians Association (NSW): 25th anniversary conference ($2,100)
The Professional Historians Association (NSW) used CAL funding to pay the registration fees for six keynote speakers to attend their 25th anniversary conference, held on Norfolk Island in July 2010.

Art Gallery of New South Wales ($16,840)
The Art Gallery of New South Wales will run an Aboriginal Artist in Residence Research Program during NAIDOC week. During the residency, artists will research and engage with the Gallery’s ATSI collection, meet curators and artists, receive specialised, tailored professional development training and have the opportunity to develop networks.

ArtLink ($60,000 over 3 years)
ArtLink will   use funding from CAL’s Cultural Fund to produce an annual Indigenous edition of ArtLinkArtLink Indigenous. Their aim is to give Indigenous artists a voice and to document change and development in the sector.
Australian Embassy Beijing ($30,000)
With the support of CAL’s Cultural Fund, the Australian Embassy in Beijing held the 2011 Australian Writers’ Week in China during March which included a series of literary and publishing events in Beijing, Chengdu and Anhui Province to promote Australian literature.
Australian Historical Association ($30,000 over 3 years)
Australian Historical Association (AHA) plans to offer bursaries to postgraduate students to attend the Association’s annual conference. In addition, AHA will run professional writing workshops and provide follow-up mentoring. This project aims to assist students in making the transition into becoming professional historians, capable of writing history at a level publishable in professional journals.
Australian Poetry Centre ($5,000)
Australian Poetry will run a national symposium for leading poets and representatives of key poetry organisations around the country to discuss what is currently happening to poetry in Australia; how it’s promoted, distributed, sold and how to best to collaborate with the newly created national poetry organisation, Australian Poetry. It will be held in Newcastle over the 2011 October long weekend.
Black Mermaid Productions ($10,000)
With the support of CAL’s Cultural Fund, Black Mermaid Productions (BMP) will develop a Comics/Graphic Novels Portfolio Masterclass Program with the Australian Society of Authors (ASA).
Brisbane Writers Festival 2011 ($15,000)
Brisbane Writers’ Festival will use funding to bring writers from regional Queensland and interstate to the festival in 2011.
Castlemaine State Festival ($5,000)
CAL funding was used to support artists’ fees, workshops and materials at the 2011 Castlemaine State Festival.
Centre for Contemporary Photography ($10,000)
Support from CAL’s Cultural Fund will go towards the Centre for Contemporary Photography’s (CCP) 2011 documentary photography prize and touring exhibition.
China Arts Projects ($10,000)
China Art Projects (CAP) was established in 2008 to support cultural exchange and artistic dialogue between China, Australia and England. Support from CAL’s Cultural Fund will enable CAP to write and publish a book in English and Chinese about an exhibition that is to tour China and Australia.
Creative Clunes Inc. ($10,000)
Funding from the Cultural Fund will go towards bringing writers to the town of Clunes in Victoria for their annual festival Clunes Back to Booktown.
Extempore (2,830)
Support from CAL’s Cultural Fund will go towards a prize for writing inspired by jazz, which will be published in the jazz journal, Extempore.
New England Writers Centre ($6,000)
The New England Writers Centre will run another year of its Youth Online project, where primary and secondary school students from remote and regional New England will be mentored by Australian professional authors.
RMIT University ($30,000 over 2 years)
RMIT University will use funding to develop a comprehensive statistical mapping of retail book sales in Australia for the ten-year period January 2002-December 2011. This information will be publicly available for the first time.
South Coast Writers Centre ($10,000)
The South Coast Writers Centre will use CAL funding to bring together Indigenous authors and educators for the 2011 Indigenous Writers and Educators Symposium.
Victorian Indigenous Art Awards ($13,000)
Support from CAL’s Cultural Fund has gone towards prizes at the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2011. Funding supported prizes for works on paper and for sculpture at the March 2011 event.
Watermark Literary Society ($3,000)
The Watermark Literary Society will use funding from the Cultural Fund to bring four authors to its biennial event, the Watermark Literary Muster 2011.


RMIT Writers in Residence  ($90,000)
With CAL’s support, RMIT is offering 3-month residencies to established and emerging writers. Writers are given study space and access to the institutions’ resources to write. At the conclusion of the residence, established writers are nominated adjunct professor status.

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) guidebook ($35,000)
NAVA is designing a guidebook for visual artists and others involved in the visual arts industry, outlining key legal obligations from censorship and defamation to copyright, trade practices and privacy. Visit www.visualarts.net.au

CSU journalism internships ($30,000)
For the third year, CAL is supporting the Charles Sturt University (CSU) internship program, which is offered to final year journalism students to gain intern placements in foreign media outlets.

ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime  ($45,000)
Over the next three years, ALIA will draw on CAL funding to run National Simultaneous Storytime, a day where one children’s picture book is read across Australia in schools and libraries.

Brisbane Writers’ Festival  ($15,000)
The Cultural Fund is supporting the promotion and dissemination of Australian content at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival. Visit www.brisbanewritersfestival.com.au

QLD Writers Centre: Writers Train  ($15,000)
Writers travelled by train across regional QLD as part of the Q150 train’s 150th year celebrations. With CAL’s support, writers presented community events such as author talks, readings and workshops. Visit www.qwc.asn.au

APA: Bologna Book Fair Illustration Exhibition ($22,000)
The Australian Publishers’ Association (APA) used CAL funding to host an exhibition of Australian children’s book illustrations at this key book fair.

Artlink Australia Visual Arts Publishing Forum  ($25,000)
Australian art magazine Artlink held a Visual Arts Publishing Forum in Adelaide and Sydney to educate art publishers, artists and other interested parties on new challenges in art publishing – in particular, the digital provision of works. Visit www.artlink.com.au

Australian Writers’ Week in China  ($20,000)
With the help of CAL’s Cultural Fund, the Australian Embassy in China funded four Australian authors to attend the 2009 Beijing Writers’ Festival, where they promoted their works and raised the profile of Australian contemporary writing in China.

Griffith Review editor traineeship  ($40,000)
Australian literary magazine Griffith Review will establish a one-year editor traineeship aimed at developing skills in online provision of works.

National Library of Australia (NLA) conference  ($20,000)
The NLA will host a two-day conference exploring the creative process of writers. CAL’s sponsorship will go towards the travel and appearance costs for 20 Australian writers at the conference. Visit www.nla.gov.au

Northern Territory Writers’ Centre: Territory Read  ($49,000)
Over the next three years, CAL’s Cultural Fund will support ‘Territory Read’, a project run by the NT Writers’ Centre to promote Northern Territory literature. The project includes a competition for the NT Book of the year. Visit www.ntwriters.com.au

Vision Australia  ($37,000)
Vision Australia, the peak industry body for provision of materials to the print disabled will use CAL funding to present the Braille book of the year awards in 2009 and 2010.

Magabala Books ($4,238)
The indigenous publishing house, Magabala Books, is using CAL funding to help train an indigenous illustrator.

Westerly event at the Perth Writers’ Festival  ($2,270)
Western Australian literary magazine, Westerly will host an event as part of the Perth Writers’ Festival using CAL sponsorship to support the appearance of four authors.

Westside Writing Group ($10,000)
The Westside Writing Group is drawing on funding to run a fortnightly writing group, professionally facilitated, at which emerging writers from the western suburbs of Sydney develop their writing skills.

Australian History Association (AHA) conference and workshop ($8,400)
With CAL’s support, the AHA will assist ten postgraduate and independent historians to attend the AHA annual conference, and to host a professionally facilitated writing forum aimed at developing emerging writers’ skills.

Illawarra Children’s Book Council of Australia: Children’s Literary Lunch ($1,600)
The Illawarrra South Coast Branch of the Children’s Book Council hosted a Children’s Literary Lunch for 80 children with 10 accompanying librarians and authors.

Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance  ($10,000)
CAL’s Cultural Fund supported the 2009 freelance journalists’ annual convention in Melbourne.

Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance Digital Training  ($60,000)
The MEAA will run digital training for creators, to equip them with the
skills to work across multiple platforms, including print, video and online.

ASA Mentorships ($90,000 over three years)
The ASA will run mentorships for emerging writers and illustrators. www.asauthors.org

Australian Policy and History ($20,000)
APH will use funding to set up a website for historians to connect with Australian policy makers, government officials, and media representatives, and to provide a market for further research work. Funding will also attract contributors to the site.

Griffin Theatre Playwrights Residency ($15,000)
Griffin Theatre Company will select three emerging playwrights and provide them with the necessary collaborating artists to work towards production.  www.griffintheatre.com.au

Calibre prize ($15,000)
For the fourth year running, Australian Book Review (ABR) will present the 2010 Calibre award for most outstanding essay. The winning essayist will receive a $10,000 prize. In addition, ABR will establish a young Calibre award open to school students and young adults. For application forms and guidelines visit www.australianbookreview.com.au

NSW Writers Centre KYALF ($10,000)
The NSW Writers’ Centre used Cultural Funding to pay authors who presented at their 2009 Kids and Young Adults Literature Festival.

TINA Artists’ Festival ($6,000)
CAL Cultural Funding will be used to support the presence of young visual artists at This Is Not Art, the national young creators’ festival held in Newcastle in 2009. www.thisisnotart.org

Australia-Nanjing Project ($5,000)
Development of a cultural exchange to encourage a market for Australian children’s books in China. This project will focus on the provision of materials in new digital formats utilized in Chinese classrooms.

CCP 2009 Documentary Photography Award ($5,000)
The Centre for Contemporary Photography is running the 2009 documentary photography awards, and an associated touring exhibition. www.ccp.org.au

Dead Bones On The Road 2 ($5,000)
DBOTR continues their touring program to isolated schools in the Central West NSW region. Showcasing a collection of rare fossils and historical memorabilia, these artefacts form a creative stimulus for writing and online publishing workshops for primary and secondary students.

NSW History Council 2009 Lecture ($5,000)
The Annual History Lecture is the launch event of History Week, a state-wide celebration of history organised annually by the NSW History Council.

Overland Illustration Project ($8,260)
Overland will commission four full-colour illustrations to accompany essays on new artistic forms.

Scribe Over-35s Prize ($8,000)
In 2010 Scribe will establish a prize for authors over the age of 35. The prize of $4,000 will be awarded to the author of the best manuscript, along with provision of an $8,000 advance from Scribe, and publication.


The below represents allocations made by the CAL Board during the 2008 calendar year as opposed to payments issued. Payments may be made at various stages throughout the life of the project and can be over several years.

Walkley Award 2008 ($50,000)
CAL sponsored 2008’s Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Book. CAL’s sponsorship enabled the winner, Don Watson, to attend the prestigious three-day Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism held by Harvard University in Boston.

Centre for Youth Literature ($30,000 over three years)
Building on the success of their website insideadog.com.au, the Centre for Youth Literature now presents Australia ‘s only teenage choice award – The Inky Awards. To find out more visit www.insideadog.com.au

Association for the Study of Australian Literature ($45,000 over three years)
The Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) will receive CAL funding over the next three years to support its annual conference held in July each year.

UTS Sydney-Leipzig exchange program ($6,000 in 2008 and 2010)
Co-funded with the Goethe Institute, financial support from CAL will enable Australian students in 2008 and 2010 to participate in the Sydney-Leipzig exchange program.

Sydney PEN Voices Lecture series ($120,700 over two years)
Continuing our support of the successful 2007 Sydney PEN Voices Lecture series, CAL sponsorship will see the lecture series continued over the next two years. The three essays presented at the 2008 and 2009 Lecture Series are to be published by Allen & Unwin. In addition, CAL funding will provide payment to Australian editors and authors for their contribution to the Sydney PEN magazine, the Quarterly .

New South Wales History Week ($15,000)
Fees and expenses for the NSW History Week annual lecture and their ‘Off The Beaten Track’ regional touring program were covered by the Cultural Fund in 2008.

South Australian Writers Centre ($20,000)
Hundreds of South Australian school students with a talent for creative writing will get together at venues around the State to share their work with popular Australian children’s and young adult authors. The SA Writers Centre will also develop a network of school writing clubs.

The AWGIEs ($30,000)
CAL supports both the Richard Wherrett Award, Australia’s richest award for a playwright, and the AWGIE Peer Recognition Prize.

Sydney PEN and Manning Clark House ($38,640)
The successful and thought-provoking PEN lecture series will once again receive CAL’s backing. Welcome additions to the program for 2008 and 2009 are repeat sessions of each lecture, to be held in Canberra and hosted by Manning Clark House.

Clunes to Booktown ($2,920)
Small publishers met at this regional Victorian festival to discuss their work and the issues that affect them.

Dead Bones on the Road ($11,300)
The Dead Bones Society (DBS) is an award-winning program established in Bathurst , NSW, in 2005. With CAL funding, the program took to the road in 2008. A handpicked ‘suitcase’ collection of rare fossils and minerals, artworks and historical memorabilia inspired school students in country schools to write creatively.

Franco-Anglais Poetry Festival ($10,000)
Hosted by Melbourne PEN, Australian and French poets join together to celebrate their art. The Festival is linked to a similar event, celebrated in Paris for the past thirty years.

Melbourne Writers’ Festival ($17,150)
The Cultural Fund is supporting the attendance of a wide range of Australian authors at this year’s festival.

Inscription ($15,000)
When Hollywood script editor Michael Hauge visited Australia in June 2008 as a guest of the Inscription agency, CAL supported free entry to his seminars for Australian film students at venues across the country.

Charles Sturt University Foundation ($30,000)
CAL has provided foundation funding for annual secondments at regional schools for CSU education students.

Society of Editors (Qld) ($39,510)
The Society of Editors will join forces with the Queensland Writers Centre to administer a two-year mentorship program for writers and their editors.

Waverley Award for Literature ($80,000)
From 2008 through 2010, CAL will be the major sponsor of the Waverly Award for Literature, providing expenses and fees for the winner, short-list and judging panel.

National Young Writers’ Festival ($43,350)
For the next three years CAL will continue its sponsorship of this major youth Festival, held annually in Newcastle, NSW. CAL is the sole sponsor of the Festival’s Zine Fair and Publishing Program.

Sleepers Salon ($900)
Three prominent writers and critics will feature at these popular Melbourne events in 2008. The Cultural Fund will support their performance fees.

Small Press Underground Networking Community (SPUNC) ($31,160)
The recently-formed association of small publishers will begin work on a website and marketing program for their members. Visit www.spunc.com.au for more details.

University of Western Australia , Westerly Centre ($33,000)
CAL will support a valuable on-line archive for Western Australia’s prestigious literary journal, Westerly.

Westerly and Indigo ($35,000)
Westerly and Indigo journals have plans to get together for a joint marketing program, publicising their writers across Australia.

Meanjin ($64,000)
Under new editorship, Meanjin has plans for a new design, a series of commissioned essays and public lectures. CAL ‘s Cultural Fund will support these initiatives over the next three years.

The Australian Women’s Archives Project (AWAP)
The National Foundation for Australian Women has established the online showcase exhibition The Women’s Pages: Australian Women and Journalism since 1850.  For more information visit http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/cal/cal-home.html

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