MEDIA RELEASE - First Catalyst recipients announced
2 February 2016
The Government has announced the first projects to be
funded under Catalyst, the new $12 million national arts and culture fund created late last year.
Catalyst funding is available
in three streams: partnerships and collaborations; innovation and
participation; and international and cultural diplomacy.
The first three successful projects were fast-tracked to
allow these organisations to take up unexpected opportunities, as provided for
under the Catalyst guidelines.
The three recipients are:
· The Hush Foundation
based in Victoria produces music and theatre to improve the environment of
hospitals and health-care settings. Funding of $50,000 for this project
recognises the important role of the arts in improving the health and wellbeing
of Australians. The foundation will perform a program of new
Australian music and their play Hear Me, based on health issues, at the
World Anaesthetic Congress Hong Kong 2016, one of the world’s largest medical
congresses. The funding will also support performances at hospitals by Hush
during the tour to China;
· Suzanne O'Connell
Gallery and Associates in Queensland, in partnership with Girringun Aboriginal
Corporation will showcase the traditional and contemporary work of Indigenous
artists in Northern Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands to 500,000
European visitors. The funding of $485,450 will also cover public programs at
the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in 2016. The project will strengthen
Australia’s reputation as a sophisticated and artistic nation and forge new
relationships with French cultural institutions; and
· The Last Great Hunt
Inc in Western Australia will perform a new Australian work tackling the issues
of Alzheimers and dementia in a key international arts market. The theatre
company will receive $14,840 to allow its award-winning production It's Dark
Outside to be performed at the 2016 International Performing Arts for Youth
market in Montreal, Canada. In addition to profiling the quality of Australian
performing arts, this will also give this small and young company the
opportunity to learn from key performing arts leaders.
Catalyst is administered by the
Ministry of Arts within the Department of Communication and the Arts with the
assistance of independent assessors.
Applications can be
made at any time and funding decisions are made quarterly. Guidelines on how to
apply for Catalyst and FAQs are available on the Ministry of Arts
website at www.arts.gov.au/catalyst or by
calling 1800 590 577.