2017 ACT Arts Fund successful applicants

Arts Project Funding

The Arts Project funding category of the ACT Arts Fund is offered annually to support one-off arts activities proposed by individual artists, groups, and organisations in the ACT. It contributes to the implementation of the ACT Arts Policy, specifically Principle One, ‘participation in and access to the arts’ and Principle Two, ‘support for great art and great artists’.

The purpose of Arts Project funding is to support:

  • self determined artistically interesting and exciting projects
  • quality arts activities in which the ACT community can actively participate
  • excellence in arts practice across all artforms
  • unique arts development opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers

Two expert peer panels, drawn from artists in the community, assessed and ranked applications against the Arts Project funding criteria.  

Applications were assessed either by the dance/music/theatre panel or the literature/visual arts panel, according to the artform nominated by the applicant. The peer panel also included members that identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and from other diverse backgrounds. The panel meetings were facilitated by Cultural Canberra to ensure a fair and transparent process. The list of panel members is available here.

While Arts Project funding is normally announced in August or September each year, due to the 2016 ACT Election and caretaker conventions, no funding decisions could be made during the period from September to November (which included the formation of a new Cabinet and the appointment of a new Arts Minister).

As part of the Arts Project funding category, applications were also received from ACT music organisations to access Llewellyn Hall. The successful applicants for this component of arts funding is included in the second table on this page.  

Applications for film and screen projects are currently being considered by Screen ACT and the ACT Government with an announcement to be made in early 2017.

Below is a list of successful applicants by name in alphabetical order:

Name (Alphabetical Order)Grant PurposeAmountArtform
ACT Deafness Resource CentreTo undertake digital storytelling for members of the deaf and hearing impaired community.$20,000Visual Arts
Ainslie VillageTo support a series of creative workshops for residents for an exhibition at M16 ArtSpace.$8,550Visual Arts
Aspen Island Theatre CompanyTo develop a theatre work about the Mr Fluffy experience.$16,200Theatre
Atfield, DavidTo conduct a creative development of a new play ‘Exclusion’.$12,849Theatre
AusglassTo support the (r)evolve: Ausglass Conference in Canberra.


Visual Arts
Austin, KellyTo create new work for solo exhibition and undertake a mentorship with Kirsten Coelho.$12,362Visual Arts
Bastianon, ElliotTo assist with costs of exhibiting new furniture work at M2 Gallery in Surry Hills, Sydney.$16,102Visual Arts
Batchelor, JamesTo present a large-scale new dance performance at The Canberra Playhouse.$30,000Dance
Blackburn, RebeccaTo research and complete first draft of a manuscript 'The Goldilocks Project'.$7,000Literature
Boho InteractiveTo develop an accessible digital performance platform.$22,103Theatre
Canberra Spinners and Weavers IncFor an anniversary project '50 years of Canberra Spinners and Weavers'.$5,400Visual Arts
Day, MichelleTo develop new work for a solo exhibition at The Lost Ones Gallery, Ballarat.$2,856Visual Arts
FeminartsyTo expand the Feminartsy Writing Residency program.$13,000Literature
Franzi, CathrynTo develop ceramic wares depicting significant Canberra flora.$3,173Visual Arts
Gold, IrmaTo develop a new full-length work of fiction ‘Rescuing Chang’.$10,000Literature
Grassia, ChiaraTo support Girls Rock! a contemporary music mentorship program.$24,689Music
Halme, SamTo record and produce an album of original music ‘Picture Stone’ recorded at iconic Canberra places.$13,082Music
Handel in the TheatreTo develop a tourable adaptation of Handel’s 'Esther' and premiere it in The Canberra Playhouse.


Lemoh, RosalindTo develop technical skills and create new sculpture works.$8,330Visual Arts
Mirramu Dance CompanyTo present a work-in-progress of a dance film and live performances.$39,653Dance
NotedTo support the presentation of the Noted writers’ festival.$36,807Literature
Pieloor, RuthTo develop a text based puppet play into a visual language titled ‘Under My Bed’.$16,370Theatre
Porter, PhoebeTo develop a series of contemporary jewellery titled 'Mechanical Sampling' for solo exhibition.$12,126Visual Arts
Salas, DionisiaTo develop a new body of print based work.$15,016Visual Arts
Scissors Paper PenTo establish a writing mentorship program and associated events.$2,310Literature
Sitsky, LarryTo create a digital grand opera/scenic oratorio.$38,900Music
Teakel, Wendy and Jensz, DavidTo participate in an international exhibition and develop networks and research in Chiang Mai.$4,500Visual Arts
The Griffyn EnsembleTo record an album of music that connects Canberra to the Northern Hemisphere.$26,513Music
ACT Screen Arts Fund

The ACT Screen Arts Fund is managed by ScreenACT and is part of the ACT Arts Fund.

ScreenACT External Link supports the development of the local screen industry and screen artists. The ACT Screen Arts Fund supports a range of including short film, documentaries, and script development for feature films and television series.

Name (Alphabetical Order)Grant PurposeAmount
Calvert, MelanieTo support script development for a TV series, ‘Blue Tier.’$10,000
Doran, ChristianFor the development of a strategy based mobile game ‘The Last Time Traveller.’$10,000
Gazy, VanessaFor script development for the feature film, ‘Bluebelle.’$16,753
Jenkins, GeorginaTo support professional development as part of the Athena Project delivered by Screenworks.$8,000
Pike, AndrewTo develop a documentary, ‘Pumphead.’$13,100
Prosser, CatherineFor mentoring and script development with Princess Pictures for a new television series, ‘Hoop.’$14,097 
Thurgate, MiaTo engage in mentoring for the development of a documentary ‘Race to Rescue.’$6,500
van der Klooster, ZhenshiTo undertake cinematography mentorship with Tania Lambert.$7,128
Llewellyn Hall Funding

Llewellyn Hall is a concert venue owned by the Australian National University. It provides high quality acoustics, large stage and backstage amenities, and can seat 1,400 patrons. The ACT Government supports affordable access to Llewellyn Hall as part of meeting the aims of the ACT Arts Policy.

Below is a list of successful applicants by name in alphabetical order:

Music For CanberraFour concerts by the Canberra Youth Orchestra.$19,559
National Capital OrchestraThree concerts by the National Capital Orchestra.$6,000
Australian National EisteddfodBands and Orchestras, and Choirs sections of the Eisteddfod.$12,000