Positioning Canberra as Australia’s Arts Capital

Positioning Canberra as Australia’s Arts Capital Main Image

✅ Secured an approximate ~10% funding increase for ACT arts organisations, representing $3.070 million over four years including $720,000 indexed and ongoing from 2025-26

✅ Commenced work on key aspects of the Statement of Ambition for the Arts:

  • Delivered a new ACT Arts, Culture and Creative Policy in partnership with the ACT arts community
  • Delivered a new ACT Arts Organisation Investment Program Framework with the ACT arts community
  • Announced funding outcomes under the ACT Arts Organisation Investment Program, including three new Emerging Arts Organisations

✅ Secured over $28 million to progress the Canberra Theatre Redevelopment (CTR) Project to develop the planning and preliminary design of the new Canberra Theatre Centre.

✅ Released a Statement of Ambition for the Arts for Canberra to become recognised as Australia’s Arts Capital, including over $13 million in extra one-off funding for artists, arts organisations and facilities.

✅ Upgraded and remediated the Former Transport Depot in Kingston, home of the Old Bus Depot Markets.

✅ In response to the pandemic, delivered over $1.2 million to ACT live entertainment venues over two rounds of the Amp It Up! program and $350,000 for a third round of HOMEFRONT funding to support 68 ACT artists.

✅ Delivered the $711,000 Creative Recovery and Resilience program designed to focus on employment and economic stimulus for the creative sector in ACT.

✅ Secured the filming of scenes in the ACT for international screen production Blacklight, which provided employment opportunities for the local screen industry and significant economic uplift for the ACT.

I’m working on:

✅ Delivering a public artwork commemorating The Hon. Susan Ryan AO, as committed in the 2021-22 Budget.

✅ Delivering the Kingston Arts Precinct, which will house 6 leading ACT arts organisations and a new space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

✅ Investing $8 million in major heritage restorations and building upgrades at Gorman House Arts Centre, bolstered by a $5 million commitment from Federal Labor.

✅ Progressing planning and design work for the expansion and redevelopment of Canberra Theatre Centre.

✅ Completing the ACT Creative Industries Assessment in partnership with University of Canberra.

✅ Continue working with Screen Canberra to attract big screen productions to the ACT, including through the pilot Canberra Screen Attraction Fund.