Fund powers up VIC Creatives

The largest ever round of the Victorian Government’s ground-breaking Creators Fund is backing the people who power Victoria’s creative industries.

Grants totaling almost $ 2.7 million have been awarded to 70 individual creatives and small collectors through the 2022 round of the fund.

The action of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy, the Creators Fund provides local creatives with a stable income base of up to $ 50,000 for a period of up to six months, enabling them to undertake research and development, explore new ideas and hone their craft.

Recipients of the 2022 Creators Fund span all creative disciplines and include:

  • Boon Wurrung, Mutti Mutti, Taungerung and Palawa Elder and writer Talgium Edwards who will work on a second autobiography, detailing the later part of life as a member of the Stolen Generation
  • Filmmaker Audrey Lam who will undertake research into community radio stations for a film project
  • Artist and experimental designer Jessie French who will collaborate with art conservators Care on Studios on sustainable materials for sculpture and architectural applications.
  • Sculptor Laura Woodward who will research alternative ways of working with plastics to reduce waste
  • Multi-disciplinary artist and lighting designer Katie Sfetkidis who will explore the nature of protest movements, older women and the digital realm
  • Author Maxine Beneba Clarke who will develop a book of poetry for children.

Since its launch in 2017, the Creators Fund has invested almost $ 6 million directly into the careers of Victorian creatives – from fashion designers, composers and game developers, to writers, visual artists and theater-makers.

By supporting creators for a continuous period of up to six months, the Creators Fund affords them time to devote to experimentation, experimenting with new methods and approaches, and testing new ideas. Just like in the science and technology sectors, this type of research and development is vital to innovation and breaking new ground.

The Creators Fund was first established in the 2021-22 state budget. This latest round includes dedicated streams for First Peoples creatives and creatives who identify as deaf or disabled.

For the full list of recipients visit the Creators Fund program page.

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