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by | 4 Nov 2023 | NEWS, EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS, Blog post

Arts Activities Funding Recipients Announced  

Sixteen Canberra artists, authors, musicians, performers, arts workers and other creatives practitioners are set to receive grants totalling $359,539 through the latest Arts Activities $5k – $50k funding round. The successful recipients are:

  • Clare Young – To support the development of original miniseries ‘UNRULY GIRLS’
  • Demos Journal – To support the development and print of demos journal issue #13 and improvement of web accessibility
  • Eden Plenty – To support the creation, production, and promotion of a debut album, titled ‘Limbo’
  • Eleri Harris – Completion of ‘Drawn from The Margins’, a book focusing on the craft and ethics of non-fiction comics
  • James Batchelor – To support the creative development of a dance project that will experiment with new techniques of sculpting an immersive digital environment from the live body
  • Julie Monro-Allison – To complete and present ‘Shadow Murmurs’, a solo exhibition of drawings and sculpture
  • Kaya Wilson – To support the writing of a new Own Voices novel called ‘Romeo’
  • Leah Blankendaal – To support travelling to Columbus, Ohio for the premiere of their own work ‘Your Space Has Echoes’, followed by a residency at Art Letters and Numbers in NYC
  • Liz Lea – To support the research and development of a new one woman show called ‘Diamond’
  • Luke Chiswell – To support the research and development of a custom metal-moveable typeset applied in a new body of work for exhibition
  • Nicci Haynes – To support the development of a collectible major body of work around lenses and light ready for exhibition
  • Nick Craft – To record an album of original songs in collaboration with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra
  • Nigel Featherstone – To support the recording of vocals and the mixing and mastering of a new Hells Herons album
  • Sally Greenaway – To support the creation of a major collaborative work combining visual art, music and animation
  • Sammy Hawker – To assist with a 3-month interstate art residency leading to a new body of work for exhibition
  • Tilly Davey – To support collaborative workshops to develop sketches and drawings for an accessible garden cookbook

The next round of the $5k – $50k Arts Activities funding opens on 1 December 2023.

For more information on the successful recipients and the Arts Activities funding, visit the artsACT website.

Pictured: Clare Young. Photo by Asha Kidd.

2023 Book of the Year Award Shortlist 

Six books have been shortlisted for the 2023 ACT Book of the Year Award. The ACT Book of the Year celebrates outstanding literary talent in the ACT and the valuable contribution it makes to Canberra’s cultural life. A total of 38 eligible nominations were received representing contemporary works including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

2023 ACT Book of the Year Shortlist:

  • Dreamers and Schemers by Frank Bongiorno
  • Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Robert Bowker
  • Words for Lucy by Marion Halligan
  • Lohrey by Julieanne Lamond
  • Legitimate Sexpectations by Katrina Marson
  • Bulldozed: Scott Morrison’s fall and Anthony Albanese’s rise by Niki Savva

The winner of the 2023 ACT Book of the Year will be announced later in 2023. For more information on the ACT Book of the Year Award and the shortlisted books visit the artsACT website.

An Electrifying Re-Interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest 

A chaotic storm erupts. A disastrous shipwreck ensues. Refugees Prospero, Miranda and Ariel are washed ashore on Christmas Island seeking asylum in Australia. But this side of the story is yet to be seen.

This Rough Magic will be showing at The Street Theatre in November. Grown and made in Canberra over three years with an inclusive mix of directors, actors and dramaturgs, this new Australian story and powerful epic production delivers a radically different representation of offshore detention. Acclaimed Director Beng Oh and a team of celebrated designers, Imogen Keen, Gerry Corcoran and Kyle Sheedy craft an extraordinary fast-moving spectacle with actors, George Kanaan, Lainie Hart, Andre Le and Katlin Nihill to open up the spaces between myth and reality, life and death, freedom and control.

This Rough Magic will run from 11 – 19 November 2023 at The Street Theatre. For more information and tickets visit The Street Theatre website.

Image: Courtesy of The Street Theatre.

More arts news

Space to Create III Music Residency 
The Space to Create III Music Residency is an intensive residential program open to emerging through to established First Nations musicians, artists, songwriters, audio engineers, producers and those employed in the music industry. The aim of the program is to create a dedicated space so each participant can take the time to sustain and grow creative ideas including composition, voice coaching, strengthen technical skills and to provide professional development opportunities for the future. The delivery of the program will be flexible and adapted to each of the participants’ requirements. Application close Tuesday 14 November 2023. For more information and to apply visit the Creative Australia website.

Canberra Theatre Centre seeking Producer
Join the Canberra Theatre Centre team and support the development and execute the delivery of performances, events, projects and programs across the CTC Programming team. This role would suit someone who has an extensive understanding of the local, national and international performing arts industry, strong commercial acumen, a love of budgets and contracts and a desire to realise creative projects. Applications close Friday 3 November 2023. For more information and to apply visit the Jobs ACT website.

Vacancies at Belconnen Arts Centre
Belco Arts is seeking a dedicated, imaginative and driven Finance Officer to join their team. The Finance Officer is responsible for all aspects of book-keeping and day-to-day financial management. Applications close 16 November. More information here. Belco Arts is also seeking an enthusiastic marketing professional to step into the position of Marketing Manager for a period of six months in the first half of 2024. Application close 20 November. More information here.

Two Vacancies with Canberra Youth Theatre
Canberra Youth Theatre is looking to fill two part-time positions. The Development Coordinator role offers strong opportunities for learning and professional development and may suit a mid-late career professional looking to hone specialist skills in fundraising, or an emerging arts administrator with a passion for youth arts, fundraising and engagement. The Workshops Coordinator role is a unique opportunity for an emerging arts professional to gain experience across a number of areas within a dynamic theatre environment. Applications close 13 November. For further information visit the Canberra Youth Theatre website.

Megalo Fundraising Auction and Artist Party
This year marks the inaugural Megalo Fundraising Auction and Artist Party. Don’t miss your chance to support artists and purchase stunning works from some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. The online auction will be live from 4 – 17 November, with a special artist party from 5:00pm on 17 November at Megalo. For more information visit the Megalo website.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre turns 25
To mark the occasion, TAC is creating a book of community memories. Whether it’s funny, heart-warming or serious, share your favourite memory of Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Submit your memory here and help create a community storybook for sharing at the TAC25 birthday variety show on Saturday 18 November, showcasing a fabulous selection of artists. For more information and bookings visit the TAC website.

Summer Artist Residency Program at Gorman Arts Centre
Arts Capital is seeking applications for a self-directed Artist Residency Program at Gorman Arts Centre in 2024. Two residency opportunities are available for 3-week placements across February and March which include access to accommodation and a dedicated studio. Open to artists from all disciplines, arts workers and cultural practitioners. Expressions of Interest close 5:00pm on Friday 1 December 2023. For more information visit the Gorman Arts Centre website.

Reminder – Sharing your Canberra arts events
To reach more audiences for arts events in Canberra, artsACT is working with Events ACT to transition our eNews Events Calendar to the new Events ACT website. To list your event or update an existing listing, access the ATDW-Online portal.


Music ACT Awards (MAMAs) Nominations, closes 1 November 2023
Producer role with Canberra Theatre Centre, closes 3 November 2023
Yunggabilli Open Mic at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Thursday 9 November 2023
2024 Craft + Design Canberra Festival Call Out, closes 11 November 2023
Vacancies with Canberra Youth Theatre, closes 13 November 2023
Digital Specialist-In-Residence, closes 14 November 2023
Finance Officer at Belconnen Arts Centre, closes 16 November 2023
The Percivals 2024, closes 16 November 2023
Small Works Art Prize 2024, closes 19 November 2023
Marketing Manager at Belconnen Arts Centre, closes 20 November 2023
The Ethics Centre Residency Program 2023, closes 30 November 2023
North Sydney Art Prize 2024, closes 30 November 2023
Adelaide Fringe registrations, closes 30 November 2023
Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2023, closes 18 December 2023
Harden Landscape Art Prize 2024, closes 16 February 2024
Life drawing classes at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, monthly
Art workshops at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, monthly
Make Art at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, weekly
artsACT peer assessors registration, open all year round
Up to $5k Arts Activities funding, open all year round