Positioning Canberra as Australia’s Arts Capital

Positioning Canberra as Australia’s Arts Capital Main Image

✅ 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 $790,000 to 23 ACT live entertainment venues as part of the inaugural Amp It Up! program and $350,000 for a third round of HOMEFRONT funding to support 68 ACT artists

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

✅ Secured ACT as a location for the filming of international screen production Blacklight which provided employment opportunities for the local screen industry and significant economic uplift for the ACT


I’m working on:

✅ Commencing work on key aspects of the Statement of Ambition for the Arts, including:

  • Developing a new ACT Arts Policy in partnership with the ACT arts community
  • Developing a new ACT Arts Organisational Funding Model with the ACT arts community
  • And plenty more to come

✅ Delivering a public artwork for and by women and or non-binary individuals, 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

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

✅ Delivering a second round of Amp It UP! funding totalling $500,000 to continue supporting the ACT live entertainment sector through the pandemic in 2022

✅ 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