Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
Victoria Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu
Vic Arts Go Global With Latest International Arts Grants From Coalition Government
Victor P Taffa
Victorian artists including dancers, comedians, actors and visual artists will share their talent with the world under the latest round of grants through the Victorian Coalition Government’s International program.
Announcing the 25 grants totalling almost $250,000, Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said Victorian artists were great ambassadors for Victoria.
“Many Victorian artists have a strong profile internationally and are in demand all over the world at major international festivals and events and leading galleries, strengthening Victoria’s international reputation as hub for innovation, creativity and diversity.” Premier Baillieu said.
“Supported projects include international tours and cultural exchange projects in locations including North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific, even taking award-winning writer Nam Le to the Arctic Circle.”
Other recipients include:
- Artist and curator Bindi Cole who will stage the Nyah-bunyar (temple) exhibition, which explores Aboriginal spirituality, at New York’s Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art;
- Polyglot Puppet Theatre which will tour its work We Built this City to the Taipei Childrens Festival in Taiwan;
- Artist Simon Pericich who will undertake a residency at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, followed by an exhibition in Barcelona, Spain;
- Visual artist Ian Haig who will present his latest installation Twitch of the Death Nerve at the 2011 International Symposium on Electronic Art in Istanbul, Turkey;
- Comedy duo Die Roten Punkte who will tour the US and Canada, including performances at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Canada.
“International gigs can provide a real boost to an artist’s career and practice, connecting them with new audiences, building their networks and exchanging and inspiring new ideas.” Premier Baillieu said.