21 July 2017
Victoria's reputation as a creative leader will be bolstered with the latest round of Victorian Government funding, which will take Victorian creative content and expertise around the globe.
More than $380,000 in grants will distributed through the International Engagement program, helping 17 small to medium Victorian arts organisations build their export potential and form partnerships across Asia, Africa, the UK, Europe and North America and Africa.
The grants will help some Victorian companies perform at iconic locations and participate in leading festivals around the world, while others will make a significant impact with international communities in need and those recovering from major disasters.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has received support for a tour to the Special Region of Yogyakarta that will include a ground-breaking outdoor performance at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Prambanan Temple site. The tour is the first activity to be undertaken as part of Victoria's Memorandum of Understanding with the region.
Ranters Theatre has received support to perform at the prestigious Dublin Theatre Festival, while Speak Percussion which will travel to Hong Kong and across Europe, to perform and present workshops and masterclasses at some of the world's most prestigious experimental music events.
Polyglot Theatre will further its work with communities in the tsunami-affected Tohoku region of Japan, while Footscray's Snuff Puppets and Women's Circus will work with at-risk communities the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nepal respectively.
The round will also support local organisations to forge partnerships that will create career development opportunities for Victorian creative practitioners.
The Substation will work with acclaimed Glasgow arts space Cryptic to develop an international artist exchange program, while Melbourne Writers Festival will bring an international delegation of festival directors and literary programmers to Melbourne during the 2017 festival.
Building international engagement is one of key focus areas of the Victorian Government's $115m Creative State strategy which aims to grow Victoria's creative industries and their economic and social impact.
International Engagement Grant Recipients July 2017
Alison Halit, $31,000
Support for Victorian producer Alison Halit to stage a showcase program of work by Victorian artists companies at Montreal's leading experimental theatre space Usine C in September and October 2017. Part of a collaboration between Alison and Usine, the showcase program will include contemporary dance and theatre works as well as projection installations by Victorian visual artists.
Centre for Contemporary Photography, $3,500
In its first foray into China, the Centre for Contemporary Photography will present an exhibition of video work by Australian artists at PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai (Aug-Sept 2017), one of the most prominent photography events in Asia which attracts collectors from across the globe. In addition to presenting the exhibition, CCP has been invited to present alongside other international photography leaders as part of the festival's public program.
For the company's first tour to China in October 2017 to present the physical theatre work If These Walls Could Talk at the Shanghai International Dance Centre and Wuzhen Theatre Festival these major international showcases attract producers and presenters from around the world and lead to further touring opportunities for participants.
Hobsons Bay Community Arts Inc, $15,000
To support The Substation in Newport to create its first international exchange program and partnership with Glasgow art space Cryptic. The partnership, which will run from October 2017 to June 2018, will see Victorian artists working with and learning from Cryptic's associate artists. It will commence in October when The Substation leads a Victorian delegation to visit and present at Cryptic's sonic art festival Sonica.
Liquid Architecture Sound, $25,000
For the sound art organisation to undertake a tour to Taiwan in October 2017 in partnership with experimental art magazine White Fungus. The tour will feature a concert at Tiger Mountain, an abandoned Buddhist temple, a program of talks and artist residencies in collaboration with local art spaces and artist run initiatives and an accompanying publication.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, $25,000
For a tour to Indonesia in July-August 2017 that will feature a performance at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Prambanan Temple site in the Special Region of Yogyakarta. The tour is at the invitation of the Governor and Sultan of the Special Region of Yogyakarta and is the first cultural activity to be staged as part of Victoria's MoU with the region.
Melbourne Writers Festival, $30,000
To support the festival to bring a delegation of international festival directors and literary programmers to the 2017 Festival to engage with Victorian writers and build international partnerships and exchange opportunities for local writers and artists.
Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), $10,000
To tour the Chinese Fortunes exhibition to Beijing and five other cities in China, in collaboration with Federation University and Australian Embassy in Beijing. This is the first international foray for the museum and aims to create lasting links and connections between M.A.D.E and international institutions.
Polyglot Theatre, $30,000
For the company's fourth visit to Minami Sanriku in the Tohoku region, a small town devastated by the 2011 tsunami to present its interactive work Boats. The trip, which will take place in February and March 2018, will also include the international premiere of Cerita Anak (Child's Story) in Tokyo for the Asia International Festival of Performing Arts for Children and Young Audiences.
Ranters Theatre, $8,816
For the presentation of the theatre production Come Away With Me to the End of the World at the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival (October 2017), a major international event that attracts producers and presenters from around the world.
Rawcus Theatre Company Inc, $27,274
For a two-week residency in the UK with acclaimed expat Australian artist Marc Brew as part of an ongoing partnership. The residency, which will take place in March and April 2018, will see the foundation of a new work which will be performed in Victoria and the UK.
Snuff Puppets, $30,000
To undertake a residency in April 2018 in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Snuff Puppets will work with Espace Masolo, a social services organisation for at risk youth, on a workshop program that will incorporate puppet making, puppetry, music, painting and metalwork and will create a new cross cultural work.
Speak Percussion Inc. $25,000
To tour to Europe and Hong Kong in 2018 to stage performances and host workshops, masterclasses and lectures at some of the world's most prestigious and innovative new music festivals - Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt in Germany; Ultima Festival in Norway; Klangspuren in Austria and Hong Kong's Cycle Festival.
The Australian Ballet, $25,000
The Australian Ballet will present six performances of David McAllister's production of The Sleeping Beauty during its 2018 tour to Beijing and Shanghai at the prestigious National Centre for Performing Arts Dance Festival (Beijing) and Shanghai International Arts Festival.
The Black Arm Band, $30,000
For a tour of Dirtsong to the USA and Canada in March/April 2018. As well as performances, the tour will include workshops, education programs and community activities with First Nations people in each destination.
Westside Circus, $20,000
For a significant international partnership project that will see Westside Circus working with partners from the UK, Sweden, Brazil and Australia between July 2017 and June 2018. The project will bring together physical theatre artists to work with at risk youth and those considered gifted and talented. The project will see six people from each country come together to undertake residencies in Melbourne and in the UK and together they will create a new work that combines sport, theatre and circus.
Women's Circus, $29,450
For a new collaborative project that will bring Women's Circus together with Nepal's only contemporary circus, Circus Kathmandu. Artists from the Women's Circus will travel to Kathmandu between August 2017 and June 2018 to work with the Circus Kathmandu team to support marginalised and at-risk individuals to explore their creativity and develop circus and theatre skills.