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VicArts grant recipients announced

Arts Victoria has announced its latest round of VicArts grant recipients.

The program will provide $1.4 million in funding for 88 new creative projects by independent professional artists and arts organisations in Victoria.

Literary organisations receiving grants are:

  • First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN), funded $49,600 for ‘presentation of the first Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival to be held in Melbourne in 2015’.
  • Going Down Swinging, funded $30,000 for ‘a twelve month artistic program including the publication of a 300-page anthology of fiction, poetry, visual art and essay’. In September 2013 the literary journal launched a crowdfunding campaign to avoid closing.
  • Sleepers Publishing, funded $19,000 for the ‘presentation of the tenth anniversary publication of the Sleepers Almanac—Project X’.
  • Right Now Inc, funded $14,000 for ‘publication of twelve long-form literary nonfiction works about human rights issues, written by both established and emerging Australian writers’.


Writers among the recipients are:

  • Sharon Huebner, funded $16,000 for ‘development of a manuscript focusing on the story of an Aboriginal woman sent to Victoria from a mission in Western Australia in the 1800s’. Huebner previously won a Creative Fellowship from the State Library of Victoria in July.
  • John Bailey, funded $16,000 for ‘creative development of a graphic novel based on real events in which an Australian theatre company visited a Japanese tsunami-devastated town to work with local children’.
  • Sam Twyford-Moore, funded $14,000 for the ‘presentation of fortnightly literary and culture podcasts featuring book, film, music and exhibition reviews’.
  • Amanda Ma, funded $14,316 for ‘development of a performance work that explores the history of the author’s Chinese ancestors’.
  • Jennifer Green, funded $12,000 for ‘development of a crime fiction manuscript’.
  • Rebecca Harkins-Cross, funded $12,000 for ‘final development of a manuscript that examines key moments in Australian cinema ranging from the industry’s inception to today’.
  • Lynne Kelly, funded $12,000 for ‘development of a literary nonfiction manuscript demonstrating the memory techniques used by non-literate societies to store and share knowledge of their culture’.
  • Bronwyn Lovell, funded $12,000 for the ‘development of a new science fiction novel’.
  • Barry Lee Thompson, funded $12,000 for ‘creative development of a collection of twelve short stories’.


View the full list of recipients here



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