Minister Announces Arts NT Grants Program 2016-17 Recipients

Minister Announces Arts NT Grants Program 2016-17 Recipients

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss

Arts Northern Territory (NT) Grants Program 2016-17 Recipients Announced

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss announced an investment of almost $260,000 into Territory arts projects.

Ms. Moss said the funding would assist artists to further their career paths and build partnerships across 17 separate projects.

“This funding will assist Territory artists to research and create new works, enhance their artistic skills and present their works to audiences in the Northern Territory and beyond.” Ms. Moss said.

“17 projects represent various artistic fields and showcase the talented community we have in the Northern Territory. The grants enable the recipients to further master their crafts, expand exposure and hopefully this will lead to more opportunities for these artists.”

“It is wonderful how many talented and creative Territorians we have and it pleases me that we can support and nurture this talent through projects like the Arts NT Grants Program.” Ms. Moss said.

6 of the successfully funded projects are from first time applicants to the Arts NT Grants Program.

Applications were assessed by a Peer Assessment Panel with a spread of expertise across regions, art form, discipline, arts management, gender and cultural backgrounds.

Successful applicants included:

Caiti Baker USA Showcase Tour – $20,000:

Singer/Songwriter Caiti Baker will release her debut album into the US market place. Caiti will showcase her music in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Nashville.

Visions of Darwin – 2030 AD. Franck Gohier – $20,000:

Franck will create a new body of work exploring the seismic shifts in Northern Territory identity, culture and history post Cyclone Tracy 1974. The work will analyse and juxtapose contemporary Northern Territory identity and themes with those of the past through the mediums of painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Southern Camps Fibre and Textile Art Project – Tangentyere Council – $8,044:

A community driven intergenerational project that provides Alice Springs Southern Town Camp residents with new art making opportunities and the potential for economic reward. The workshops will be delivered onsite by Alice Springs textile artist Anna Satharasinghe.

Tunnel Number Five 2017. Anisha Stitfold – $20,000:

Tunnel Number Five will bring professional independent musicians from across Australia to the Northern Territory to build collaborative opportunities with Territory musicians to exchange knowledge and skills; provoke the creation of new music and further explore Darwin’s WW2 Oil Storage tunnels resonant potential.

Arts NT offered $140,100 to support 12 arts projects in the 2016-17 Project Round 1, which was announced in July 2016.

A total of $400,000 has been granted to arts projects over both rounds of the 2016 -17 program.

Arts NT offer two Project Rounds each year and recent noteworthy projects supported by Arts NT Project grants included:

Legacy for the Future. Kieran Sanderson – $13,250 (2015/16):

A collaborative storytelling project utilising multimedia to share the personal stories of the residents and history of Darwin’s oldest Town Camp, Bagot Community.

NT Indigenous Music Showcase at BIGSOUND. CAAMA Music – $14,843 (2015/2016):

A special event at the BIGSOUND music industry conference (held each year in Brisbane) to showcase NT Aboriginal musicians in front of music industry representatives and festival promoters from around the world.

Developing Spun: True Stories Told in the Territory. Johanna Bell – $9,750 (2015/2016):

To establish and develop public storytelling events in Darwin showcasing the Northern Territory’s remarkable artists, people, places and culture. “Spun” champions extraordinary stories, celebrates local people, connects people and strengthens community.