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30 May 2017

The latest round of Victorian Government arts grants will invest more than $1 million into the independent arts sector, creating more than 1200 career opportunities for artists and other creative industries workers across the state.

Sixty-two projects are set to receive funding which will bring to life opportunities for almost 900 of Victoria's independent artists, the driver of the state's creative industries, and 350 professionals in technical, administrative and other support roles.

For every one dollar invested by the Victorian Government in this program, a further $2.50 is generated by the sector.

The latest round of Creative Victoria's VicArts grants will support the development of more than 30 new theatre, dance, music, visual arts and multimedia  works, as well as international residencies and presentation opportunities for Victoria artists.

Activities in regional Victoria to receive support include the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM), a new contemporary art triennial for Kyneton, a new large-scale aerial performance and projection work at the Natimuk Silos and a mentorship program for emerging African artists in Shepparton.

Overall, more than a dozen grants will support literary projects including new editions of publications  Kill Your Darlings and  Archer Magazine, a 'First Nations' issue of The Lifted Brow, and a podcast series on historical literature, Dead & Buried.

Read more about VicArts Grants

VicArts Grants February 2017 Grant Recipients List

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Chris Kohn, Rosanna, $22,066
Creative development of a new play by Future Fidel set in the Democratic Republic of Congo that charts the history of the discovery and exploitation of the country's resources.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Jo Lloyd, St Kilda East, $20,000
Creative development of a new dance work.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Jonathan Morgan, Windsor, $15,000
Creative development and presentation of a new aerial circus work by One Fell Swoop.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Luke George, Carlton, $23,770
Creative development of a new group dance work.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Melanie Lane, South Yarra, $14,000
For the final development and presentation of a new dance work exploring the culture and effects of dance clubs.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Melinda Smith, Croydon, $15,000
Development of a multidisciplinary performance work featuring artists with a range of abilities.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Nina Bonacci, Brunswick, $39,990
International presentation of 'Lilith: The Jungle Girl' by the Sisters Grimm.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Philip Samartzis, Richmond, $9,996
Presentation of 'Current', an exhibition involving sound and visual artists focusing on the Kiewa hydroelectric scheme in North-East Victoria.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Tim Darbyshire, Fitzroy, $11,180
Development of a new work by Victorian choreographer Tim Darbyshire and key Australian and Swiss collaborators, to take place in Zurich, Switzerland.

Australian Art Orchestra on behalf of Meng Wang, Melbourne, $17,000
Development of a new contemporary music work 'Cocoon', part one of a trilogy 'I am the Silk Road' by Meng Wang.

Nana Biluš Abaffy, St Kilda, $6,000
Development and presentation of a new choreographic work that pairs three emerging artists with a high profile choreographer through an ongoing mentorship.

Capital Venues and Events on behalf of David Chisholm, Bendigo, $45,000
Presentation of the 2017 Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.

Jackson Castiglione, Northcote, $9,999
Creative development of a theatre work exploring modern and historical relationships between children and fascism.

Deborah Cheetham AO, Melbourne, $20,000
Development of 'Eumeralle: A War Requiem', a large-scale choral work which will be written in the Gunditjmara language from South-West Victoria.

Chloe Powell, Northcote, $12,293
Presentation of 'Radiant Pavilion 2017', a program of activity centred around contemporary jewellery and objects featuring exhibitions, professional development seminars and commissioned works.

City of Darebin, Preston, $5,000
Presentation of 'Skin Thing', a contemporary art exhibition at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre that explores the subject of skin.

City of Melbourne, Melbourne, $25,000
Creative development of 'Refuge', a project that brings together artists, community members and emergency services personnel to investigate the role of art and culture in climate-related disasters.

Jamie Clennett, Brunswick East, $20,000
Development of a graphic novel that spans over five centuries and follows the history of reformation Europe and colonial Tasmania.

Martyn Coutts, Parkville, $9,500
To present 'Shell Game' a one-on-one performance that explores the history and future of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The performance will tour to festivals around Australia.

Rosalind Crisp, Marlo, $15,180
For a contemporary dance project by regional artists living in far East Gippsland.

Rohan Drape & Alexander Garsden, Clifton Hill, $16,000
Presentation of the INLAND concert series.

Elbow Room Theatre, Carlton North, $15,000
Presentation of 'Niche', a performance piece exploring the meaning of popular culture.

ELISION Incorporated, South Yarra, $30,000
Presentation of the ensemble's program of contemporary concerts in Melbourne, Shanghai and Dresden between August and October 2017.

Aviva Endean, Brunswick, $8,000
Development of new interactive music and sound installation for children, by Aviva Endean and Justin Marshall.

Johanna Fairley, Coburg, $9,000
For a residency at the Women's Circus which will involve the creative development of a new physical theatre and circus work by Victorian company One Trick Pony.

Kane Forbes, Yarraville, $21,000
Victorian-based development of 'Sardonic', a collaborative work between Victorian and NSW circus and physical performance artists.

Carly Godden, Brunswick, $19,022
Development and production of the second season of 'Dead & Buried', a podcast on historical literature, with a focus on underground, fringe and criminal stories.

Amy Gray, Carlton, $9,999
Development of a book on motherhood and feminism.

Judith Hamann, Mitcham, $8,200
Development of a new music work which will bring together two cellos and a multi-channel electronic diffusion system and will be presented in Australia and internationally.

Hobsons Bay Community Arts Inc on behalf of Alisdair Macindoe, Fitzroy North, $15,000
Presentation of 'Noncompete', a performance featuring over 300 new electro-mechanical robotic instruments.

Brendan Hogan, Yackandandah, $10,000
Creative development of a play for children that explores themes of sustainability and renewable energy.

Eugene Howard, Northcote, $11,000
Development of a creative residency program in Boorhaman, a community on the Ovens River in North East Victoria. Melbourne-based artist Dylan Martorell will be the inaugural artist-in-resident and he will work with the local community to create an art installation.

Rosie Isaac, Fitzroy, $5,601
Creative development of Figure Reclines Audience Reclines, a performance work about the settlement of Melbourne and the Victorian legal system.

Kill Your Darlings, Footscray, $30,000
For a 12-month program by literary magazine 'Kill Your Darlings' including online content and podcasts with a focus on emerging writers.

Kings Artist Run Initiative on behalf of Georgia Hutchison, Collingwood, $13,520
Development of Radical Confederacy, a  project that will connect Australia's artist-run visual arts sector through a series of residencies and lectures.

Tamara Kohler (Rubiks Collective), North Melbourne, $5,659
Presentation of '75 Years: A Portrait of Meredith Monk', a retrospective performance of works by US composer, performer, director and choreographer Meredith Monk.

Kyneton Contemporary Inc, Kyneton, $19,500
Development and presentation of KCAT2018, an inaugural contemporary art triennial in Kyneton.

Michele Lee, Coburg, $10,403
Creative development of 'Security', a play exploring how women and marginalised groups internalise prejudice and the role of class and wealth.

Brian Lipson, Brunswick, $18,920
Development of 'A Wonder', a theatre piece that tells the story of Psalmanazar, an eighteenth-century scholar and fraudster.

Robert Lukins, Brunswick East, $7,000
Completion of 'Keep the Lion Hungry', a novel that explores ideas of place, memory and the repercussions of violence and childhood trauma.

Dylan Martorell, Brunswick East, $20,000
For an international creative residency in Athens and Tinos, Greece.

Rafaella McDonald, Fitzroy North, $5,500
A month-long artist residency at Little House Gallery, Los Angeles, and development of a new public artwork.

Archer Magazine, Coburg, $26,110
For the production of two print editions and a year's worth on online content.

Kate Mildenhall, Hurstbridge, $9,520
Research and development of a novel which explores the story of a woman forced to flee her home and country with her children.

Monash University on behalf of Nicholas Mangan, Caulfield East, $19,230
Development of 'Termite Economics', a multi-media work that explores the ways the CSIRO uses termites to locate rare earth materials.

Moriarty's Project on behalf of Helen Herbertson, Port Melbourne, $21,000
First stage creative development of 'Undefended', a new dance work by Victorian artists  Helen Herbertson, Michelle Heaven, Ben Cobham and John Salisbury.

Multicultural Arts Victoria on behalf of Astrid Mendez, Brunswick, $14,544
International presentation of 'The Pilgrim', a roving miniature puppet theatre piece.

Multicultural Arts Victoria on behalf of Matthew Anker, Shepparton, $12,000
Development of a mentorship project for emerging African artists based in Shepparton, to create four new songs with accompanying music videos.

Multicultural Arts Victoria on behalf of Victoria Chiu, Northcote, $15,000
Development and presentation of a contemporary dance, video and live music collaboration with Chinese and Australian artists.

Joseph O'Farrell, Bentleigh, $24,672
Presentation of 'We are Lightning!', a performance that explores the important role of civic spaces in our community.

Naomi Ota, Preston, $5,000
International presentation of 'Enshrined Time - in Empty House', an installation that explores the idea of 'home'.

Hoa Pham, North Melbourne, $14,575
Presentation of 'Vivid', a play work about a young Vietnamese girl with schizophrenia coming to terms with her illness and the death of her grandmother.

Leisa Shelton, Carlton North, $7,000
For a series of international activities including a residency at the 2017 Berlin Performing Arts Festival and internships at contemporary art spaces in Mexico and Santiago.

Quentin Sprague, Southbank, $10,430
Development of a creative non-fiction novel that tells the story of the Jirrawun artist group - a leading Indigenous contemporary arts group based in Western Australia's Kimberley region.

The Lifted Brow, Melbourne, $19,000
Development and publication of literary magazine The Lifted Brow's 'First Nations' issue. All contributors, editorial and ancillary staff on this edition will be First Nations people.

The Ownership Project, Fitzroy, $25,400
A year-long intensive creative program, which will deliver artist residencies, workshops, studio access and mentorship to fifteen culturally diverse visual artists.

University of Melbourne, Parkville, $50,000
A year-long program of activities by Art + Australia, including the publication of journals, books and digital content, as well as public programs ranging from lectures and talks to symposia.

University of Melbourne on behalf of Anne Marsh, Southbank, $17,560
A three-month program of short, multi-arts residencies at the Norma Redpath House and Studio, featuring public discussions and events, a three-day symposium and exhibitions.

Elizabeth Welsh, Flemington, $9,953
The presentation of a contemporary music work that uses baroque instruments combined with voice and electronics.

Katie West, Brunswick East, $9,600
Development and presentation of 'Museum Incognita', a visual art project that reimagines the role of the museum.

Jessica Wilson, Heidelberg Heights, $5,000
Attendance at the 2017 International Directors' Seminar for Children's and Young People's Theatre, a leading international forum for people working in youth theatre. The 2017 event will  be held Oldenburg, Germany.

Y Space, Natimuk, $30,425
Creative development and presentation of 'Dusk', a large-scale outdoor performance work at the Natimuk Silos involving aerial performance, interactive projections, shadow puppetry, photography and music.