Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, announced an early Christmas present for Shopfront Arts Co-op artists receiving $19,500 in NSW Government funding for local arts and cultural activities.
Shopfront is among 97 diverse projects sharing in over $5 million as part of the first round of Create NSW’s 2020/21 Arts & Cultural Funding Program on behalf of the NSW Government.
Open to individual artists, arts and cultural workers, partnerships and organisations, the funding supports professional projects at any stage of the creative process, with the aim of delivering a more vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector in NSW.
Shopfront Arts will deliver Extensive Professional Skills Development and Long Form Creative Development for Harness, Shopfront’s premier ensemble for emerging theatre artists aged 18-26 with and without disability. The ten ensemble members will work, grow and experiment with 13 NSW leading creative lights on the creative development of their new professional theatre work.
Mr Coure said the funding will contribute to supporting the local arts community in a time when it is most needed.
“We have a vibrant arts and cultural sector that has been hard hit by the combined impacts of this year, and I am thrilled the NSW Government is supporting Shopfront through the Arts and Cultural Funding Program.”
“I know that the St George community is looking forward to experiencing and engaging with the local arts and cultural sector as they reopen their doors,” said Mr Coure.
Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, added, “in a year like no other, I am delighted this funding will support programs and projects estimated to employ over 6,000 artists and reach more than 1.4 million people as audiences and participants in arts and cultural activities return across the State.”
Round 1 also includes over $535,000 for projects and programs that are Aboriginal-led or have a significant focus on First Nations content.
“People are hungry to return to theatres, galleries and festivals and to show their support for the sector after such a challenging year, and I am looking forward to seeing these projects and programs come to life,” Minister Harwin said.
A full list of Round 1 recipients is available via: https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/ACFP_20_21_Roun....
All applications were assessed against published criteria and ranked in order of merit by the Artform Advisory Boards.
Round 2 of Create NSW’s 2020/21 Creative Koori, Project and Annual Organisation funding will open on 1 February 2021. For further information on arts, screen and cultural funding, including targeted support opportunities, please visit the Create NSW website at: www.create.nsw.gov.au.