Council increases funding for arts grants for second year in a row
Kingston increases arts grant funding for second year in a row
Additional funding of $ 25,000 has been approved by the Council for this year’s round of arts grants, to continue to stimulate Kingston’s creative economy and support local artists and creators. This year’s additional funds bring the total of 2021-2022 Arts Grants to $ 48,000, which has been awarded to ten local recipients.
Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said that in light of COVID-19 restrictions that continue to impact the arts industry, Council has decided to increase the funding allocation for the second year consecutive.
“Last year we provided a funding increase of $ 15,000 and we are happy to increase it even more this year. We hope this support will help local artists and creatives to some extent recover from the impact of the pandemic after 20 months of changing restrictions, ”said Cr Staikos.
“Community members are thirsty for music, art and theater – and we have amazing local talent that we want to support to get back to working in the arts and doing what they love.”
This year’s arts grant funding recipients include a community art project led by Anna Wheeler, a public art mural. The project will receive $ 5,000 in funding to create a significant piece of art featuring birds, dogs and local landscapes. As part of the project, artist Alex Sugar will work with a group of community volunteers to conceptualize a large-scale piece for Cheltenham, at a site to be determined.
Grants of up to $ 5,000 have also been awarded to nine recipients who will create public art projects, including:
- Angharad Neal-Williams – to facilitate a series of drawing workshops and tutorials at the Kingston Arts Center, teaching participants how to draw still lifes.
- Kate Ashforth – to create an exhibition of works for the Shirley Burke Theater exploring the natural landscapes, flora and historic spaces of Kingston and will include a one-hour community workshop.
- Mikaela Stafford – who will create a large-scale digital artwork that will be printed on billboards and displayed along the high brick facade of the Cheltenham substation.
- Sarah Matthews – to organize a performing arts festival at Namatjira Park which offers early career performing artists the opportunity to gain experience.
- Kieran Carroll – to create a theatrical adaptation of Rick Springfield’s 2010 hit memoir, “Simon and Schuster,” which will be performed at the Shirley Burke Theater in 2022.
- Peter Vadiveloo – who will be giving a seven-week concert series, at the Arcobar in Heatherton.
- Alexander Luciano – who will work with local residents to create a series of quilts that documents their life story. The project will include supportive videos that share the stories, memories and experiences of local residents who have moved and built their lives in Kingston.
- Nic Clarke – to present two performances of innovative Australian circus works for young people at the Shirley Burke Theater, during the September 2022 school holidays.
- Aurelien Gilfeather – who will create a series of surreal animations, exploring the dual experience of digital and physical life, which will be on display in The Bridge projection space at Kingston City Hall.