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2015 Capacity Building and Sector Strengthening Program Recipients Announced

June 24th, 2015

Carrillo Gantner AO, chairman of the Sidney Myer Fund, today announced the seven Victorian and Tasmanian independent ensembles and collectives who will each receive two years of capacity building support (see below).

In this, its first iteration, the Sidney Myer Fund’s Capacity Building and Sector Strengthening program will provide recipients with one grant in two instalments. Grantees will receive between $20,000 and $50,000, over two financial years, to support their core activities and practices.

“This program is the only one of its kind in Australia,” said the Carrillo Gantner. “The Sidney Myer Fund recognises that our independent artists are the least likely to receive support for their activities, the least able to access advocacy channels, but the most critical to our cultural life.”

“This is the time we should be investing in and celebrating the independent spectrum of our arts and cultural sector. Such support is vital given some of the uncertainties that have recently emerged around public funding for smaller organisations. The independent sector is the future of a creative society. It is where the innovators pursue the practices that will propel us forward as a creative country. The independent sector is where the superstars of tomorrow will first announce their arrival and without investment in it, those stars will be lost to us. It is where the new practices and paradigms that will be celebrated in the future will be shared with audiences for the first time.”

The Sidney Myer Fund’s Capacity Building and Sector Strengthening program will strengthen and grow the independent arts and cultural sector in Australia by granting money to ensembles, collectives and groups that are highly connected within their sector, and producing excellent work.

The 2015 recipients were selected by the Sidney Myer Fund’s Arts and Humanities Committee with assistance from a panel of sector experts comprised of Rosemary Miller (Director, Salamanca Arts Centre), Annette Vieusseux (Executive Producer, Lucy Guerin) and Simon Abrahams (Creative Director, Melbourne Fringe Festival).

This program will distribute $1 million over four years.

The first year of the program was open to applicants from Victoria and Tasmania. The program’s geographic focus will shift in its next funding round. Applications to the program will open again in early 2016.

For more information on the program or this year’s recipients, please visit the Sidney Myer Fund’s website or contact [email protected]

All The Queens Men (VIC, Live Art)

Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid create spectacular, large-scale accessible and participatory arts experiences.

Mature Artists Dance Ensemble (TAS, Dance)

M.A.D.E. offers mature adults dance/theatre skills development opportunities plus highly aesthetic performance outcomes.

Fraught Outfit (VIC, Theatre)

Fraught Outfit re-frame known mythologies through a feminist theatrical perspective; through a lens which is contemporary and radical.

Lemony S Puppet Theatre (VIC, Puppetry)

Lemony S Puppet Theatre use puppetry to question the nature of objects in the world and examine metaphor three dimensionally.

Sisters Grimm (VIC, Theatre)

Ash Flanders and Declan Greene exploit traditional narrative and form to examine established representations of gender, race and sexuality.

Second Echo (TAS, Dance)

Second Echo are a catalyst for change in performance and disability through the creation of exceptional theatrical works.

Roslyn Oades and Collaborators (VIC, Theatre)

Roslyn and collaborators create audio-driven, verbatim theatre allowing real people’s stories to become works of theatre.

Homepage image credit: Jorge de Araujo, Fun Run, Melbourne 2010.

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