Local organisations in Wentworth receive federal funding

February 21, 2017
Image: ‘Half Gate’ by Matthew Asimakis, Clarence Lee & Caitlin Roseby at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo by Gareth Carr.

Senator Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Member for Wentworth, have announced support for local arts organisations, Think & DO Tank Foundation Ltd and not-for-profit Sculpture by the Sea through the Australian Government’s Catalyst Program.

Sculpture by the Sea has received a four year grant, a total of $1 million, which will support artists in their Cottesloe, Perth and Bondi, Sydney exhibitions. This annual project is a well-known positive contributor to the local economy which attracts a large number of local and overseas visitors travelling specifically to see the creative and inspiring exhibition each year.

“The focus of the support from the Catalyst fund will be for new and innovative artworks that are site specific installations in the Cottesloe and Bondi exhibitions. In this way, we can assist those artists whose works have limited opportunities for exhibition due to the financial realities of exhibiting sculptures that interact with the landscape.” said David Handley AM, Founding Director of the exhibitions.

The 21st annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi will be staged on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 19 October – 5 November featuring 100 sculptures by artists from across the world.

“I am also pleased to announce that Think & DO Tank Foundation Ltd has received $235,920.00 for their project Against the Tide: A highway West through the Catalyst Program’s—Australian Arts and Culture Fund,” Mr Turnbull said.

“This project will create and present an innovative, interactive experience staged as users travel by ferry between Circular Quay and Parramatta on the Parramatta River, Sydney's first highway.”

Minister Fifield said the Catalyst fund will provide more than $5.5 million over four years for 32 arts projects to support innovative work and encourage partnerships across the arts sector.

Selected from a highly competitive field of applications, the successful projects include performances, festivals, artistic exchanges and the development and creation of new work.

All funding recipients are small to medium organisations. Almost half of the activities undertaken across the country will be delivered in regional areas providing artists and audiences with greater access to the arts.

Catalyst provides funding through three streams: Innovation and Participation, International and Cultural Diplomacy and Partnerships and Collaboration.

For more information visit www.arts.gov.au/catalyst.

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