On Friday 7 May Castlemaine Art Museum was announced as a recipient of $267,750 in funding to support the development of two major exhibitions and a projection-art program over a two-year period.
This funding is part of the Federal Government’s $25 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund, targeted at getting Australia’s creative sector to bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19.
The ‘Future Beacon’ project will include seven artist’s commissions of projections onto the exterior facade of the building, an exhibition of contemporary indigenous art, and an exhibition of prominent artist David Rosetzky.
The funding will also support the employment of a part-time curator, a public programs coordinator, and an indigenous curatorial role.
Naomi Cass, CAM Director said "We are thrilled to receive support from the Federal Government to RISE to community expectations! This grant will enable CAM to deliver a suite of exciting commissions, working with First Nations artists and mid-career artist David Rosetzky, bringing CAM's significant historical building and streetscape to life, for the pleasure of the local community as well as visitors to the region".
Craig Mutton, CAM Chair said "Rise funding not only enables CAM to bounce back in an ambitious and relevant manner as a 'Future Beacon' in Central Victoria but also gives tangible confidence in the strategic and artistic vision of the organisation."
Projects will commence in September 2021.