July 9, 2015

Footscray Artists Win Grants To Showcase Talent In Asia

Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson MP today welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement that Footscray based Snuff Puppets and the Click Clack project are two of 12 Victorian organisations who will share in $356,500 in grants to tour Victorian creative works to Asia or undertake cultural exchanges.

Ms Thomson said she was delighted to see art projects in Footscray get the attention they deserve.

“Snuff Puppets and the Click Clack project are both great examples of our local creative community,” Ms Thomson said.

“It’s wonderful to see them supported by the government to engage in these exciting international projects.”

Giant puppet company Snuff Puppets have been granted $35,000 to conduct a two-week collaborative community workshop with local artists and community members in Penang, Malaysia. They will create a giant puppet performance to be presented as part of Penang’s George Town Festival in August 2015.

The Click Clack Project has won a grant of $8,000 for the Amplified Elephants, an ensemble of sound artists with an intellectual disability. The ensemble will undertake three days of collaborative recording sessions, mixing and mastering in Tokyo with Japan-based sound artists Cal Lyall and Pardon Kimura.

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting a range of Victorian arts organisations to showcase their skills and share their talents with artists and audiences across Asia through the latest round of grants from Creative Victoria.
Other recipients include Indigenous music and theatre company Black Arm Band; dance company Chunky Move; and Malthouse Theatre. Recipients will take Victorian creativity to locations including Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia and India.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said the Andrews Labor Government is committed to building links between Victoria and Asia, and creative and cultural activity is a key part of that.

“We are proud to support a range of creative organisations, of all sizes and across a range of art forms that are doing incredible work on an international scale and demonstrating the significant impact Victorian creativity has beyond our borders,” Minister Foley said.

A full list of supported projects is attached. Images are available on request.