Gold Coast arts organisations share $1.8 million in funding

There was big news for some of the city’s most significant arts organisations this week with City of Gold Coast’s announcement of $1.8 million in funding for the next three years.

The Arts Organisations Triennial Grants Program supports the continued growth of Gold Coast’s cultural sector by helping arts organisations build capacity to delivery high-quality products, which in turn provide an economic benefit for our regional city.

In making the announcement at HOTA, Home of the Arts, Mayor Tom Tate said the City’s investment in arts and culture over the past four years had been a success, making mention of the stage the Commonwealth Games provided for showing off local arts.

“There is a lot of talent in this city and by providing long-term operational funding to organisations and collectives we are helping future proof the sector,” Mayor Tate said.

A recent report by The Bureau of Communications and Arts Research shows creative activity contributed $111.7 billion to Australia’s economy in 2016-17, a 30% increase in value from 2008 to 2017.

This is the second round of Triennial Funding with the first grants being awarded in 2015.

“I’m pleased to see award winning organisations like The Farm and Shock Therapy receiving funding alongside iconic events such as the Gold Coast Film Festival and Gold Coast Music Awards,” Mayor Tate said.

Gold Coast Music Awards (which is a project of Blank GC) was one of nine organisations to share in the funds. We’ll be using the funding to review and strengthen our business model and expand our impact into sector development initiatives.

Gold Coast Film Festival, Relative Creative, Somerset Storyfest, Everybody Now, Gogi Dance Collective, Shock Therapy Productions, The Farm and The Walls Art Space also secured funding over the next three years.

Andrea Lewis, the Festival Director of Somerset Storyfest said the event would use the funds to take Storyfest on the Road, amongst other activities.

“The Storyfest van will be available for Gold Coast schools to book and authors will visit the schools conducting writers workshops. Such visits are free to for schools to participate,” she said.

They’ll also deliver an annual program of events including workshops for writers, book club style Q+As with guest authors, pop-up libraries, little lending libraries, keynote authors and more.

“We are extremely grateful to receive funding along with the recognition of being supported by the City of Gold Coast,” Andrea said.

“Funding for cultural entities are extremely competitive and the funds will certainly assist in expanding literary activities to the wider Gold Coast Community.”

How Gold Coast’s arts organisations will use their triennial funding:

  • Everybody Now – delivering dynamic contemporary arts experiences.  Funding will support the company to bring people together with a focus on belonging, connection and expression.
  • Gogi Dance Collective – an immersive dance and physical theatre company. Funding will support the development of a large-scale work, touring and schools initiatives, and the presentation of work locally.
  • Gold Coast Film Festival – bringing diverse Australian and International films, filmmakers and screen events to the Gold Coast. Funding will support the promotion and skills development of emerging local and Australian filmmakers.
  • Gold Coast Music Awards –an exciting and recognised industry awards event. Funding will support GCMA to review and strengthen its business model and expand its impact into sector professional development initiatives.
  • Relative Creative – an ever-evolving creative space for design, social innovation and cultural activity. Funding will support the introduction of a unique and industry leading Design Lab, incorporating a contemporary program of collaborations, workshops, exhibitions and forums.
  • Shock Therapy Productions – a growing independent, multidisciplinary performance company and local leader in the creation of innovative new work. Funding will support engagement of a creative producer amongst other initiatives.
  • Somerset Storyfest – a leading children’s literature festival that is growing to encompass the broader community. Funding will support a series of literary events writers’ festival, workshops and masterclasses. Somerset Storyfest runs 20 – 22 March 2019 with all events released on their website 1 December.
  • The Farm – an award-winning collective of dance and theatre artists, creating innovative work through collaboration. Funding will support the company to grow its repertoire, expand touring opportunities.
  • The Walls Art Space – connecting people with current and experimental art on the Gold Coast. Funding will support organisational resilience, artists ‘in-residence’ opportunities, plus an annual program of curated exhibitions and events.

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