Arts Queensland is inviting applications for the Spaces and Places Activation program 2020.
Spaces and Places Activation is designed to provide immediate support to the development of innovative projects of scale which have established a solid business case for the activity, and that attract visitation to regional Queensland.
Spaces and Places Activation supports three distinct strands of activity:
- commissioning vibrant, high-quality new works for presentation at regional festivals and events, across all art forms
- public art installations and initiatives that activate spaces in, and between, regional places
- performing arts and live music touring that create destination events in regional Queensland
Through Spaces and Places Activation, funding will support innovative projects that aim to drive cultural and economic outcomes for regional Queensland, including:
- the creation of significant new art works and experiences presented across regional Queensland
- attracting visitation to regional Queensland destinations, events and festivals
- promoting Queensland artists and creative businesses, and increasing paid employment and capacity building opportunities
- facilitating opportunities for audiences to access arts and culture in their local communities and build community confidence towards recovery.
Spaces and Places Activation provides funding of up to $250,000 which can be used to cover the cost of creative development and delivery of innovative arts and cultural activations.
- Individual artists, arts workers, producers and promoters
- Festivals, events, and arts and cultural organisations
- Local government
- Private sector entities
- To be eligible, all applicants must:
- be an individual, business or organisation that is based in Queensland, or be an individual, business or organisation with a Queensland-based delivery partner.
- have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) that is in the name of the applicant.
- be over 18 years of age or have the Expression of Interest co-signed by their legal guardian confirming they will take responsibility for managing any funding that may be offered to the applicant.
- have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland funding.
Expressions of Interests will be deemed ineligible if:
- they are submitted after the published Expression of Interest closing date.
- they are incomplete or do not contain all compulsory support material.
- the activities occur before 1 November 2020.
- more than one Expression of Interest is submitted for the same project. Projects that deliver across more than one Spaces and Places Activation funding stream should make one submission only.
- the applicant is a current Arts Queensland employee or previous employee who ceased employment less than six months prior to the Expression of Interest closing date.
- the applicant is an employee of an Arts Statutory Body or the Department of Environment and Science, unless the Expression of Interest includes a covering letter from the applicant’s employee detailing the applicant’s role and employment details, a statement that the Expression of Interest does not relate to carrying out duties of their role and how any potential conflict of interest will be addressed.
- the applicant is an educational institution (excluding Tertiary education institutions who may be considered for funding by providing a statement from an authorising officer of the institution confirming that the activity is outside of core business and does not receive direct financial support from the institution).
- the applicant is a state government agency.
- The applicant includes a request for purchase of capital or equipment.
- Applicants who are recipients of core and/or administered funding through Arts Queensland must demonstrate how the activity differs from what the organisation is currently funded to deliver. These applicants should not include the administration costs in their Expressions of Interest.
- Applicants who have received funding from other Government sources must evidence these within their budget.
- The proposed activities are the responsibility of a different specialist funding body or government agency.
- Artistic merit and innovation of the proposed arts and cultural activation, as evidenced in the material provided.
- The proposed approach is appropriate to deliver a significant arts and cultural activation that provides short-term and long-term outcomes for regional communities and the arts and creative industries sectors.
- Demonstrated track record in delivery of unique arts experiences.
- Evidence that the activation will increase local and visitor audience accessibility to distinctive and engaging arts and cultural experiences.
- Evidence of meaningful community engagement and consultation with relevant regional Queensland communities, including culturally appropriate consultation with First Nations Elders and communities, resulting in an approach that responds to local community and contributes to sense of place and regional identity.
- Evidence of effective partnership with the relevant Regional Tourism Organisation, local council/s and/or Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) Provider, to showcase and promote the activation throughout the region and more widely.
- Evidence that the project maximises opportunities for employment, training and development of regional Queensland’s arts and cultural sector, and supports local supply chain.
- Suitability of approach to ensuring that the arts and cultural activation will have significant cultural value that strengthens Queensland’s reputation as an arts and cultural tourism destination and attracts visitation.
- Creates new partnerships between commercial and private sector, local government and the arts sector.
- Evidence that the project contributes to local economies through supporting a Queensland-based supply chain for the production of public artworks, where applicable.
- Demonstrates project readiness and confirmed local council approvals.
- Evidence of cash or in-kind support from relevant local councils and Regional Tourism Organisations.
- A viable, value-for-money budget that is realistic for scale and proposed impact.
- Proven capacity to manage and deliver a project of scale of proposal, in partnership with local stakeholders.
- Suitability of approach and project plan to achieve the stated outcomes.
For more information, visit https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/aq-funding/spaces-and-places