July 12, 2016


Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard MP, and Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight MP were thrilled to see three Ballarat arts and cultural organisations awarded Victorian Government funding of more than $1.65 million over the next four years in recognition of the vital role they play in the region and in Victoria’s cultural landscape.

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.) are among 90 organisations state-wide to receive funding through Creative Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program.

The program recognises the important social, economic and cultural contribution these organisations make to the state. The funding will help underpin their operations, enabling  them to deliver high quality, innovative programs, attract cultural tourism and connect with diverse audiences.

M.A.D.E is one of seven new organisations to be supported through the highly competitive program – and the first new museum supported in more than a decade. It will receive $340,000 over the next four years.

The Sovereign Hill Museums Association will receive more than $1 million over the next four years, while the Ballarat International Foto Biennale has been awarded $300,000, a $35,000-a-year increase on its previous funding level.

The funding comes hot on the heels of the Government’s announcement that Ballarat will be first Australian location outside of Melbourne to host a White Night all-night cultural celebration.

It also complements the $21.5 million capital investment in State Library Victoria’s new collections storage facility at Federation University Australia’s Mount Helen campus.

The Organisations Investment Program is a key pillar of support for the arts and cultural sector and received a boost this year as part of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy.

The overall portfolio of organisations supported spans the state and reaches a broad cross-section of the community, including children and youth, people with a disability, and Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse artists and audiences.

Applications were assessed by eight panels of independent experts across the visual and performing arts, theatre, literature, festivals, dance, music, community cultural development and heritage, based on artistic merit, quality of services and contribution, and organisational capacity.

For the full list of Organisations Investment Program recipients for the 2017-2020 cycle, visit creative.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard MP

“Ballarat is one of Australia’s art and culture hotspots with enviable museums, galleries and cultural events.”

“I was pleased to see M.A.D.E. join our other two successful organisations in the Creative Victoria funding.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight MP

“The arts are thriving in Ballarat and we are getting behind our arts organisations with funding to continue delivering the best possible experiences for locals and visitors alike.”

“I look forward to their continued contribution to our creative sector and local economy.”