Ipswich and Logan Creatives receive $3000 towards projects
Fifteen artists and creatives from Ipswich and Logan have been selected to each receive $3000 to fund their creative projects, thanks to a new Arts Grant by the Queensland Government.
With COVID-19 restrictions resulting in the cancellation of many artistic projects and events, the stART Grants program is giving a variety of artists and arts workers across Queensland the financial support they need to continue their creative work.
As the Government’s Regional Arts Support Network partner in Ipswich and Logan, Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC) is delivering the funding and creative support to the selected applicants in these regions. BEMAC’s Program Manager, Ant McKenna, is amazed at the quality of applications received.
“We are blown away by the high calibre of project ideas that came through the application phase. We received 53 applications in just one week from Ipswich and Logan artsworkers, and it definitely wasn’t easy for the external assessment panel to choose the successful ones.” says Ant.
The chosen grant recipients include a diverse group of creative artsworkers from both culturally and linguistically diverse and LGBTQI+ communities in Ipswich and Logan.
“More than a quarter of all applications came from people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds across a huge number of creative sectors such as visual art, film, theatre and more.” Says Ant.
“These workers were unable to receive the COVID related support that other Australians have been able to receive. Many of these artists have also lost significant income because of COVID-19 and so this funding will be a huge boost for them.
“Applicants had to prove the substantial impact that COVID was having on their income and also have a great project with excellent outcomes for them and for the community. It was incredibly competitive” Says Ant.
Logan based playwright, Daniel Evans, is just one of the creatives who will receive funding through the stART grant. He plans to create an “…adaptation of PYGMALION into a new queer play about hard-won intimacy, intergenerational entanglement and the impact of socio-cultural history and gender politics on contemporary relationships.”
The stART Grant Program was established by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland to support Queensland independent creative practitioners including artists, artist collaborators, producers, designers, technicians, freelance and other art workers affected by COVID-19.
Although applications for this program are now closed, BEMAC invite artists and artsworkers to subscribe to their mailing list at bemac.org.au to keep up to date on any upcoming grants and project opportunities.