Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced local artists would receive $30,000 in Andrews Government funding to undertake creative projects, including research and development for art exhibitions and a presentation of a verbatim theatre.

Ms Symes said the Gallery Kaiela Incorporated in Shepparton would receive $20,000 in funding, Terence Jaensch of Castlemaine would receive $10,000 and Wandoon Aboriginal Estate Corporation would receive $5,000.

The Gallery Kaiela Incorporated will use its funding to research and development a visual art exhibition of new work by six emerging Aboriginal artists that responds to collections of the Koorie Heritage Trust and Bunjilaka Cultural Centre and Melbourne Museum.

Terence Jaensch will development ‘If Memory Service’, a collection of twelve literary non-fiction short stories documenting personal histories of life in an orphanage in Ballarat in the 1970’s.

Wandoon Aboriginal Estate Corporation will present “Coranderrk’, a verbatim theatre work that tells a definitive story from Australia’s neglected Indigenous history.

The projects are among 71 creative endeavours that have been supported in the latest round of the VicArts Grants program. The projects span visual arts, literature, dance, circus, music and theatre, and range from digital storytelling apps to new music compositions. Overall the round will involve more than 1,500 artists across the state.

“Arts, culture and creativity play a central role in our community – bringing people together, telling our stories, adding to liveability and contributing to our economy,” Ms Symes said.


“The Victorian Government is proud to invest in Victoria’s creative industries, which bring $23 billion into the state economy each year and help shape our vibrant creative culture.

“Congratulations to all VicArts grants recipients in my electorate – I look forward to the continued success of our local artistic talent.”

The VicArts Grants program provides grants of between $5,000 and $75,000 to Victorian independent artists and small organisations to create, develop, present and program new creative works. It is a highly competitive program and applications are assessed by an independent panel of industry experts.

The next round of the program, for projects commencing from 1 June 2016, will open for applications in January and close on 17 February. For more information, go to