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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 26 October 2017) . . Page.. 4470 ..

MS CHEYNE: Can the minister please advise the Assembly about what other funding rounds are still to come this year?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Cheyne for her supplementary question. Yes, there is more to come. Applications are now open for the ACT Screen Arts Fund grants for 2018. These grants support local screen artists with projects that will take their career development to the next level. The fund supports all narrative screen art forms, including film, television, documentary, short film, games, apps and digital media. There is currently $90,000 in this funding round pool. Applications close at 5 pm on Monday, 6 November. More information on that can be found on the Screen Canberra website.

We also offer small out-of-round grants of between $500 and $2,000 to support individual ACT artists to undertake significant interstate or overseas arts opportunities, for example to help with travel or accommodation and registration costs to participate in prestigious residencies or to attend global conventions. One recent example is a grant to support Canberra photographer Lori Cicchini to take up an invitation to exhibit her work at the Venice Biennale in May this year. In Lori’s words, the opportunity “provided me so much inspiration to further my arts practice. It not only gave me further confidence as an artist, but has also given the opportunity to meet and speak with many international artists at the forefront of their practice.”

The total available budget for out-of-round funding for the 2017-18 financial year is $25,000. These are just some of the ways the ACT government is supporting the arts and artists in Canberra, helping to ensure that we have a local arts scene that is both inspiring and inspired.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Answers to questions on notice

Questions 604 and 619

MR RATTENBURY: As I touched on briefly in Question Time today, on Tuesday Mrs Dunne asked me about two outstanding questions on notice. I can advise Mrs Dunne that question on notice No 619 arrived in my office today. It was submitted to the Clerk just before Question Time, during the lunch break. The reason for the delay on that one was that the directorate was seeking additional information. I think I explained the answer to question 604 in my earlier response to Mrs Dunne today. That one will be replied to as soon as possible.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Wall) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mrs Jones for this sitting due to family reasons.

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