ACT Government updates

Canberra artists funded to undertake new activities

June 01, 2020

The Canberra community will benefit from the funding of 17 local artists who have been successful through the ACT Government’s latest Arts Activities funding round to undertake new and inspiring arts activities.

Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events Gordon Ramsay has today announced the successful applicants who were assessed by a panel of their peers to receive funding for their arts projects.

“I congratulate all of the recipients of the Arts Activities funding and thank them for their valued contribution to our local arts community,” said Minister Ramsay.

“We are lucky to have such a diverse range of artists, groups and arts organisations in the Canberra region and I’m really pleased to continue our support for the arts, to keep artists in work during the pandemic.”

The Arts Activities funding is available to artists based in the Canberra region at all stages of their careers and to organisations providing the Canberra community with opportunities to engage in the arts.

This was first of two 2020 rounds of Arts Activities funding where artists and arts organisations could seek $5K - $50K in funding for their arts activities. A total of $320,000 will be invested in artists and their work through this round.

“All of the recipients have unique projects that will benefit their arts practice and the arts community,” said Minister Ramsay.

“Krystal Hurst is creating a body of work that responds to the symbology of Aboriginal sovereign jewels and British sovereign jewels, for solo exhibition.

“Poet Melinda Smith has received funding to research and draft a poetry manuscript on memory loss titled 'Coming Unmothered'. The project sees her documenting her mother's memory loss over time in a new series of poems.

“And local Triple J Unearthed artists Slow Turismo will receive funding to record and produce their debut rock album and film clips.”

A full list of funding recipients is available on the artsACT website at:

The next Arts Activities $5-50k round has opened today. For more information, visit: