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Creative Victoria announces new VicArts recipients

Creative Victoria, formerly known as Arts Victoria, has announced the latest round of VicArts Grants recipients.

The program will provide $1.3 million in funding for 71 creative projects by independent artists and arts organisations in Victoria.

Literary organisations receiving grants are:

  • The Lifted Brow, funded $34,408 for four issues of the literary journal, which ‘showcases Victoria’s and Australia’s most interesting writers and artists, both emerging and established’.
  • The Rereaders Podcast, funded $17,900 to record 22 episodes of The Rereaders Podcast, ‘a fortnightly Australian literary and culture podcast’, and eight to 10 episodes of ‘a new sister podcast Girls Gone Rereaders, that focuses on critical discussions of cultural works by women’.
  • Asialink Arts, University of Melbourne on behalf of Fran Edmonds, funded $15,000 for the development of ‘a digital storytelling app made with Aboriginal young people (15-19 years) from the Korin Gamadji Institute in collaboration with Aboriginal artist Maree Clarke and filmmaker Tim Church’.
  • Writers Victoria on behalf of May Hu, funded $24,650 for ‘presentation of the 2016 Chinese-Australian Writers’ Festival (August), a bilingual festival featuring local and international speakers’.


Writers receiving grants are:

  • Cassandra Atherton, funded $9000 for ‘international research and development of “Pikadon: Post Atomic Alice”, a graphic verse novel collaboration between poets Alyson Miller and Cassandra Atherton with artist Phil Day, that reflects on the anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.
  • Elizabeth Bryer, funded $12,000 for the development of ‘Down the Elephant Path’, ‘a mystery novella manuscript that draws on the surrealist tradition’.
  • Jessica Friedmann, funded $16,000 for development of ‘Things That Helped’, ‘a debut memoir in essays, exploring postpartum depression and touching upon issues of class, race, gender and sexuality as well as motherhood, creativity and mental illness’.
  • Justin Heazlewood, funded $19,250 for development of ‘Get Up Mum’, ‘a memoir exploring the author’s childhood in a regional town as an only child with a mother who suffered schizophrenia’, which will be ‘accompanied by a multimedia show comprising of readings, characterisations, songs and images’.
  • Ross Onley-Zerkel, funded $11,500 for development of  ‘You Lost Your Voice?’, a debut autobiographical novel by emerging deaf writer Onley-Zerkel ‘working with mentors Sam Twyford-Moore and Fiona Tuomy and publishing mentor Robert Watkins’.
  • Terence Jaensch, funded $10,000 for development of ‘If Memory Serves’, ‘a collection of twelve literary nonfiction short stories documenting personal histories of life in an orphanage in Ballarat in the 1970s’.


View the full list of recipients here.


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