NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


A recent report by A New Approach that arts and culture businesses had received more than $4billion in COVID support has been debunked by a recent article by Ben Eltham reported by ArtsHub. Apparently, it is all down to the fact that the ABS definition of “the cultural and creative

Congratulations to grant awardees announced in the recent ARC Discovery Indigenous grant scheme: Dr Ali Baker; Dr Simone Tur; Associate Professor Katerina Teaiwa; Mrs Faye Blanch; Dr Natalie Harkin; Dr Cindy Bennett; Dr Romaine Moreton  for project to develop an Indigenous Creative Arts Framework to reimagine and transform the Humanities

The Australian Government has released its National Indigenous Visual Arts Action Plan to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, organisations and businesses to 2025. The plan focuses on “building economic opportunities and safeguarding cultural practices in a modern digital environment” with specific actions around indigenous art spaces, digital infrastructure,

The Australia Council is inviting international publishers to apply for support from its Translation Fund for Literature towards the translation of Australian works of creative writing such as fiction and narrative non-fiction. Australian publishers may also apply to support Australian translators producing foreign language works for local publication. Applications close

The Australia Council has announced that it will provide approximately $5 million to the 2020 Resilience Fund to provide support for Australian artists experiencing negative effects of COVID 19. Funding, by application, is available in three streams: Survive: Small grants for individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup money lost

Expressions of interest are invited from the visual and performing arts and creative writing for the 2020 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship. The Fellowship, supported by the Australian Network for Art and Technology will enable the successful fellow to travel to Australian research stations on the Antarctic continent or on sub-Antarctic

The Australian Research Council has announced up to $12 million in funding for projects under a Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture. Funding of between $20,000 and $100,000 per annum for up to three years is available for research projects focused on Australian and Aboriginal and Torres

A new report produced by “A New Approach”, published by the Australian Academy for the Humanities, tracks the reduction in federal government funding on per capita basis over the past decade, showing that state and local government are stepping in to fund the shortfall. The report includes recommendations for all

Dance advocacy body Ausdance National has announced its closure after an unsuccessful search for alternative funding to compensate for the loss of federal funding in 2016. Ausdance was one of the bodies to lose operational funding when the then Minister for the Arts, Senator Brandis, reduced funding to the Australia

Pro Bono, the not-for-profit website, has just launched a grants site in collaboration with Strategic Grants. Although the site includes a range of disciplinary granting bodies, it does include schemes and philanthropic funding sources interested in arts and culture. The site can be accessed at: