Creative Victoria releases First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries

The Victorian Government has announced a new action plan to support First Peoples’ culture, cultural expression and creative practice. The First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries 2018-2020, developed in consultation with Victoria’s first peoples, includes 21 actions to improve equity and cultural recognition. It forms part of the government’s Creative State strategy which commits to strengthening and growing Victoria’s creative industries. Further details on the action plan are available at:

Mergers, Creative Arts and the Art City that never happened

The changes brought by Minister John Dawkins refashioned Australian higher education and its institutions. Over the course of a few years, the government ended free education and introduced HECS, turned an elite education system into mass education, made vice-chancellors into CEOs, and turned higher education teachers into both teachers and researchers.

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New Creator Fund for Victorian artistic researchers/practitioners

The Victorian Government has announced a new ‘Creators Fund’ specifically focused on the R & D stage of practice and which will provide between $20 - 50k to support Victorian creators to find time for the early intensive stages of their work.  The call for Expressions of Interest is expected to open on 17 Augustand will close on 7 September 2017.  Further details will be available shortly on the Creative Victoria site:

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Writers Victoria announce new travel fund

Writers Victoria has launched a new travel fund to support writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers and other literary professionals. The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund will provide grants of between $2,000-$10,000  to support travel that will contribute to personal career development or the broader Australian literary sector. The inaugural funding round will open Monday 24 July and close on Monday 21 August 2017.

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Arts Wellbeing Collective Launched

The Arts Centre Melbourne, in partnership with Entertainment Assist has launched a pilot initiative for performing arts workers to support mental health and wellbeing.  Including workshops, training and a dedicated web site, the service offers a range of tools developed by psychologists to promote mental wellbeing and resilience for the sector.  Further details are available at:

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