Boost for Local Artists as Major New Works Commissioned

The Albanese Government is continuing its revitalisation of Australia’s arts sector, commissioning 11 of our most exciting artists to create major new works.

Artists will each receive $100,000 to create new work through the Visual Arts & Crafts Strategy Major Commissioning Projects.

Telling Australian stories is a critical part of Revive, Australia’s new National Cultural Policy. This funding will help these artists do exactly that.

Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, said the funding would enable works of scope and scale. 

“Our artists hold up a mirror that allows Australians to see themselves, to understand each other and to show us to the rest of the world. 

“These artists represent the talent, ambition and diversity of Australia’s arts sector. I can’t wait to see what they create.” 

Projects will be presented in a variety of venues including small, medium and community spaces as well as state and international galleries.

Australia Council for the Arts CEO Adrian Collette said Australia has a rich array of talented and dedicated visual arts and crafts artists.

“Through this investment, we are sure the art, which tackles significant issues including place, memory and identity, will spark conversations, provoke thought and positively impact many thousands of lives.”

Amongst those presenting on the world stage is First Nations artist Richard Bell whose work will be showcased in the TATE Modern’s Turbine Hall gallery in London. 

Applications were peer assessed by a panel of industry experts with applications assessed on quality, viability, and innovation of the newly created works.