Encouraging innovation and building strong creative foundations is exactly what Blacktown Council has done.
This month, the council helped 20 local artists and community organisations by awarding them with grants of up to $3000.
“The Creative Arts Fund is an initiative by Blacktown Council, where $40,000 worth of grants are awarded annually to local individuals and organisations to encourage artistic endeavours in Blacktown,” mayor Stephen Bali said.
The talents being supported include singing, web narratives, film making, weaving, ball gown design, the creation of artistic books and video performance pieces.
“We recognise that creativity plays an essential role in building a united, dynamic and sustainable community, and the creation of opportunities for local artists is one of the main priorities of Council’s Cultural Plan,” Councillor Bali said.
The recipients of this year’s Creative Arts Fund grants will use the money to create new artwork, make original music and develop their creative skills.
Recipients include Vonne Patiag of Minchinbury, Daisy Montalvo of Hebersham, Sydney Sonata Singers of Marayong, Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation and PIMDAN (Pacific Island Mount Druitt Action Network) of Blackett, Rosalind Stanley, George Tillianakis and Melissa Chaney of Blacktown, Kealoana Stevenson of Mount Druitt, Angela Paikea-Crombie of Doonside and Michelle Vernot from Toongabbie.
Ms Stanley, who received highly commended awards in last year’s Blacktown City Art Prize, will develop a series of large-scale mixed media works on canvas and paper. In her work, she will examine the diverse culture of Blacktown, and human interconnectedness.
We recognise that creativity plays an essential role in building a united, dynamic and sustainable community...Stephen Bali
Jenny Bisset, Blacktown Council’s manager of Arts and Cultural Development said the Creative Arts Fund provides local artists with a unique opportunity for professional development.
“It gives developing artists the opportunity to explore creative connections with communities and experiment with new art forms,” she said.
“This is how we like to make art in Blacktown: we build connections, encourage innovation and nurture local talent.”