Backing creative talent by creating more opportunities to produce and present great work.
The Taskforce recommends a suite of initiatives that will grow and nurture creative excellence across the creative industries by supporting emerging and established talent and major new work at a scale not currently supported and that will have lasting impact. Additional targeted support is recommended for creative practitioners at different stages of their development through training, mentoring, professional development or partnership opportunities. The stimulation of greater levels of collaboration across the local community and between local and global talent is also proposed.
In particular, the Taskforce recommends:
Establishing a “Creators Fund” – a program that provides artists and creative practitioners with fellowships of significant value to sustain their careers at key points in their careers, to develop their practice and their capacity to connect with organisations and opportunities overseas. Grants could support both established and emerging practitioners of any age from anywhere in the State.
Establishing a Commissioning Fund – to fund or commission specific Victorian landmark works from across a broad range of disciplines, for example, music, theatre, sculpture, dance, writing, visual arts, which are intended for public performance, exhibition or distribution, including in regional locations. This could be designed, like previous successful models, to support the specific work as well as the organisation hosting it.
In both cases, partnerships with the philanthropic sector or others, such as local government, should be pursued.
Supporting the work and career development of emerging and established creative talent through access to training, mentoring, professional development or partnership opportunities. This initiative should pay particular, but not exclusive, attention to those who are under-represented, such as practitioners with a disability and Indigenous and multicultural practitioners.
Supporting more residencies for creative practitioners to give them time out in a range of settings to create work. Residencies provide creative practitioners with time and different settings for a range of reasons: at times to undertake research and experiment with new directions, at others to try new collaborations. They frequently entail renewal and experimentation. These should operate in both metropolitan and regional areas and could make use of existing centres of activity, for example at Collingwood arts precinct and through municipal councils.
Linking local and global talent through a VESKI-style model to broker and fund fellowships to undertake substantial collaborations with local practitioners within and across disciplines. Fellowships would be awarded to world-leading practitioners who may be based in Victoria, ex-pats brought back to Victoria or international visitors.