3 news from the sector
Craft South funding cut by the Australia Council
Craft South part of the ACDC ( Australian Craft and Design Centres) network has only been offered funding to the end of 2012 by the Australia Council in it's recent key organisation funding announcement. Craft South had previously been offered triennial funding which has been reduced to a one year allocation of $55, 670. Craft South was established in 1966 and has over the past 45 years provided opportunities, collaborations with creative institutions, businesses and the broader community to promote the craft and design community of South Australia. South Australia has been hit quite badly in the recent cuts with ANAT and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation' triennial funds also reduced to a one year allocation.
See the OZCO's funding announcement .
Australasian Craft Network Established
The Australasian Craft Network (ACN) has been established as a bridge with the World Craft Council. The World Craft Council is the umbrella organisation of five regional associations (Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America), within which are various sub-regions. Historically, Australia and New Zealand have been in the South Pacific sub-region of the Asia Pacific (http://www.wccapr.org) region. The WCC General Assembly meets every four years. Regional groups meet annually. The ACN coordinators are Dr Kevin Murray, vice-president, World Craft Council Asia Pacific Region and Lindy Joubert (http://www.abp.unimelb.edu.au/unesco/personnel.html) Director of the inaugural UNESCO Observatory Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts. To be part of this network and receive emails of World Craft Council activities, including upcoming workshops and forums and contribute to shaping events in the Australasian region that connect with the international craft world. You can submit your details online .
Australian Network for Art and Technology faces funding cuts
The Australian Network for Art and Technology, which has played a vital role in supporting Australian artists working with emerging technologies for 23 years, has been informed by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council that their funding will only be renewed for one year. Arts South Australia have also announced they will cease ANAT 's organisational funding beyond 2012. These funding cuts to ANAT will further impact on available support and funding available to craft and design practitioners many of whom have received promotion, residencies and grants through ANAT. In light of these funding cuts to organisations the Australia Council has announced a four year National Media Arts Strategic Initiative of $340,000 to run for a period of four years only. This is a significant reduction to funds allocated to Media Arts. dLux Media Arts in NSW was also defunded in the recent allocations of key organisation funding.
ANATs announcement .
Australia Council exempted from increase in efficiency dividend
The Australia Council has been exempted from the boosted efficiency dividend increased from 1.25% to 2.5 %. The 1.25% efficiency dividend has already been applied to administration, grants and programs and the result of these cuts are being felt across the sector. Other cultural institutions exempted from the additional cuts include the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and National Library of Australia. For further details of exempt institutions .