The Australia Council for the Arts on Friday 13 May 2016 publicly announced the successful recipients of four-year organisational funding. Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) is a grateful recipient of $1.2M over four years.
Chair of the FCAC Board, Lyn Morgain says “Whilst the outcome for FCAC is incredibly positive, it is not without a deep sense of loss for the sector at large, the companies, artists, peers and colleagues who are now having to rapidly re-imagine their futures, projects and income strategies in an incredibly difficult time for the arts in Australia.”
“FCAC will continue to offer support to independent companies and artists through our Artists and Companies in Residence program, Call to Create and within our Creative and Cultural Program. We take very seriously, the struggles that some companies and artists will be facing in the coming years and are closely looking at ways we can further support the sector through this difficult time.”
FCAC has not received key organisation funding since 2013, however, has received investment of over $650 000 from the Australia Council for the Arts in projects and initiatives such as Emerging Cultural Leaders, West Writers, Creatively Ageing and Collaborate Asia. It is hoped that organisations that have not been successful in the latest round of funding will sustain their projects and activities in similar ways.
“FCAC sees its role as building pathways and capacity for artists and community and cultural development workers to have the greatest impact they can through their practice. It is a turbulent time, but the message is hopeful and clear – we are gathering to discuss ‘where to next” says Lyn Morgain.
The reduction in funding available this year is a direct result of the cuts made 12 months ago with the shift of $105M to Catalyst, and the 2015 budget has not rectified this shortfall.
FCAC is Australia’s leading community engaged contemporary arts organisation cultivating a dynamic and energising program with local, national and international artists. We operate in the context of a collaborative, generous and connected community of arts organisations in Melbourne’s west, Victoria and nationally.
We will continue to advocate for the return and increase of funds to the Australia Council, and a national cultural agenda that supports independent artists and organisations with a cohesive and long-term approach.
Chair, Lyn Morgain or Director and CEO, Jade Lillie are available for interview.
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Image: Call from the West: The continuing legacy of Mr William Cooper, 2016. Curated by Kimberley Moulton. Image by Sudeep Lingamneni