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Catalyst Funding

National Motor Museum Birdwood has been funded to produce an interactive exhibition on motor culture and video gaming. Source: National Motor Museum.

Meredith Foley (CAMD Executive Officer), Catalyst Funding – successful applicants include GLAM sector, 2 April 2016

The Department of Communications and the Arts has released its first full list of successful applicants for the Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.  Funding has been awarded in three categories:

The majority of funds have been allocated to arts bodies (replacing, at least for exhibitions and projects, some of the funding reallocated from the Australia Council last year).

Digital Access to Collections

CAMD is also pleased to note that $111,000 has been awarded to the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) Peak Bodies (of which CAMD is a member) to assist with enhancing digital access to collections, large and small.

The funding will support the development of a sector-implemented national strategic framework and toolkit to support digital access to Australia’s cultural collections.

The members of the GLAM Peak Bodies group collaborating in the Digital Access to Collections project are the:

  • Australian Library and Information Association
  • Australian Society of Archives
  • Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities
  • Council of Australasian Museum Directors
  • Council of Australian Art Museum Directors
  • Council of Australian University Librarians
  • Federation of Australian Historical Societies
  • International Council of Museums – Australia
  • Museums Australia
  • National Research Collections Australia
  • National and State Libraries Australasia
  • State Library of NSW (auspicing body).

Three non-art museum bodies are listed as having been awarded Catalyst funding.  They are the:

  • History Trust of South Australia (History SA) – $125,000 – to develop ‘REVolution: where pixels meet motors – an interactive history of video gaming and motor culture’;
  • National Museum of Australia – $100,000 – for Stage 1: project plan and prospectus to develop a collaborative exhibition, The Story of Australia, for the Tokyo Olympics in August 2020; and $289,000 – to support the exhibition and tour to Japan from July – December 2016 of One Road, original artworks painted by a large number of Indigenous Australian artists, interspersed with photographs of the artists and country; and
  • The Jewish Museum of Australia – $75,500 – to support the exhibition of ‘Amy Winehouse: a family portrait’ – an exhibition curated by the Jewish Museum in London.

For further comment see:

Deborah Stone, Full Catalyst List announced, ArtsHub 2 May 2016

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