Arts & Entertainment

Inner West Arts Grants

Courtesy Inner West Council, photo by Dan Kukec. Astride by Circusworks at The Fire Garden, produced by Tortuga Studios for EDGE Sydenham 2019.

Coronavirus has seen many restrictions come into place, which has cause entertainment across creative industries to either be cancelled or postponed indefinitely.

To alleviate the impact of these closures the Inner West Council has recently introduced a resilience grants program to support the creative and cultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Victoria Johnstone, Acting Living Arts Manager says “we’re looking for innovative ways to keep creatives collaborating and working during restrictions.

When asked about some of the examples of artist struggles and the hope for the grant Johnstone said, “There is one artist I know of who has lost all his work. He reached out to the world a couple of months ago when Italy was in its crisis as he makes commissions from doing self portraits of people around the world… It’ll be interesting to see what people come up with in response to the grant, as it’s not just handing out money. Instead it is to support them in meeting their aspirations and supporting the creative sector to do what they do best and that is to be creative.”

The grants are for projects to be delivered between July and Dec 31, 2020. With the last date to apply being May 17.

As the Inner West is home to a high percentage of creatives, this grant will be supporting creatives and artists to preserve creative spaces that nurture local culture and to devise systems to keep audience engagement to pre-COVID times.

To apply head to www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au

By Kirsta Cheung

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