JOINT MEDIA RELEASE - Catalyst funds new international artist residency in WA
13 April 2016
Minister for the Arts, Hon Mitch
Fifield, and Senator for Western Australia Dean Smith today announced $400,000
for a new international residency program in Western Australia through the Catalyst
– Australian Arts and Culture Fund.
for this project will support the establishment of The Goods Shed in Claremont,
by local arts organisation FORM, to support urban renewal in the area. The
Goods Shed development will include a facility for visiting artists, including
opportunities for residencies in rural and regional Western Australia.
Minister Fifield said the Goods Shed
represents the type of innovative endeavours Catalyst is intended to
“Not only will these residencies
develop the professional practice of individual artists, but the work produced
will tour regionally and interstate, providing local communities in the Pilbara
and Albany the opportunity to collaborate and attend workshops,” Minister
Senator Dean Smith said the project
would contribute to promoting cultural tourism in the Pilbara, and in the
Wheatbelt, and support the future development of a creative industries hub in
the Great Southern region.
“The international artists invited
to participate, many of whom may not have previously visited Australia, will
have a unique chance to spend time in a range of distinctive regional
locations,” Senator Smith said.
CEO of FORM, Lynda Dornington said
she hoped the Catalyst - Australian Arts and Culture Fund is
around for a long time.
“This type of investment fund, which
is not found within traditional arts funding streams, will foster burgeoning
expressions of initiative and leadership at a grassroots level, so that
Australia can make increasing use of its creative potential,” Ms Dornington
“It would be wonderful to think that
this grant to FORM will play a part in WA becoming a community that values art
and innovation, and recognises and celebrates its own creativity.”
Catalyst is open to applications at
all times. For more information or to apply, visit the Ministry for the Arts
website www.arts.gov.au/catalyst or call 1800 590 577.