Relief for Local Artists

Published: Wednesday, 6 May 2020 at 4:43:32 PM

Local artists and creatives who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are being offered grants of up to $10,000 from the City of Vincent to create inspiring public art.

Artists can now apply for funding to produce public artwork that reflects the experience of living through a life-altering global pandemic.

All art forms are welcome – from visual arts, photography and filmmaking to music, literature, performance and new media.

The City is able to provide the relief grants for its artists by drawing on $500,000 of reserve arts funding collected through the Percent for Art policy cash-in-lieu contributions.

The grant money represents the contributions of a significant number of developers who recognised the need for public art in the community.

The Percent for Art developer contributions are held in reserve by the City to spend on public art for the benefit of the community.

“The arts community plays a huge part in making Vincent the unique, inspiring and connected place that we love to call home or visit,” said Mayor Emma Cole.

“Artists have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with physical distancing leading to event and project cancellations, loss of income and loss of job security.

“We are in the fortunate position of having a reserve arts budget to draw on to provide some relief for our local artists during this really tough time.

“We’re keen for artists to consider the social impact of the pandemic through the theme

‘Individual and Community Experiences of COVID-19’.

“The pieces that are produced will provide artistic reflection for the wider community while documenting this time of COVID-19 for years to come.”

The City is also developing further opportunities for larger public art commissions for its town centres, the details of which will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information or to submit an expression of interest, click below.

Arts Relief Funding | EOI

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