Australian Council funds NBN art projects

Up to $300,000 available for artists to demonstrate opportunities offered by the NBN

Artists have a chance to show in different mediums what benefits they think the National Broadband Network (NBN) will bring following the Australia Council’s Broadband Arts Initiative.

Groups will be able to draw from a pool of $300,000, with funding of up to $100,000 available for individual projects. The aim of the initiative is to provide grants for artistic teams to demonstrate the opportunities opened up by the NBN for Australian culture.

Australian Council chief executive, Kathy Keele, said in a statement that the funding builds on the Council’s recent NBN Geeks in Residence in which artistic ‘geeks’ act as consultants to the local arts communities, assisting artists and organisations in their first interactions with the NBN.

“We’re encouraging ambitious arts proposals that are truly dependent on broadband infrastructure, particularly with its high-capacity bandwidth and ability to connect artists and audiences across regional, remote and metropolitan centre,” she said.

The art projects must be completed by June 2013 in time for a public exhibition in Sydney. Expressions of interest are due by 15 February 2012 and funded projects will start from 1 May.

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