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CAPO grants to provide relief for Canberra’s creative community

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At a time when Canberra’s artists are struggling to attract audiences and financial support for their work, a decision by the Board of the Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO) to forge ahead with the 2020 grants program will come as a welcome relief to the city’s creative community.

Sadly, the annual auction and gala dinner will not go ahead in light of the pressures artists have experienced from all that 2020 has thrown at them so far.

However, an Awards Night will be held on 7 November, where a number of emerging artists will be recognised with grants and awards, including vital financial support.

CAPO President, Penny Jurkiewicz said, “The CAPO Board’s dedication to continuing our exciting and inclusive annual program—despite its different format this year—is inspired by the support of the community.”

Key dates for artists hoping to secure this valuable recognition and support include:

July 31 when grant round applications open, August 31 when COVID-19 Materials grant applications close, and 30 September 2020 when grant round applications close.

Some of the awards available include the Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award (sponsored by Bates and Pickering) with $4000 in prize money and both the Tall Foundation and Raine & Horne Commercial Awards which have $3000 each in prize money­.

The Robert Foster Memorial Award (sponsored by TSA) is for $2500 with the Craft ACT Outstanding Practice Award for $2000.

In light of the critical need to provide funding as soon as possible, these grants will be released to successful applicants as soon as funding decisions are made.

For a comprehensive list of awards and details on how the funding is being made available, please visit the CAPO website at capo.org.au/awards.

CAPO awards support all art forms and mediums. Past award winners include performing artists and companies, visual artists and arts organisations, musicians, contemporary craft artists, designer-makers, filmmakers, new media artists and writers.

Fundraising is key to the extent to which CAPO can continue to increase financial and professional development support for artists.

A volunteer non-profit organisation, CAPO supports the ACT region’s artists through an evolving annual arts program.

Since its establishment in 1983, CAPO has disbursed over $2.5 million in arts fellowships and awards funded by auction sales and sponsorship from arts and business communities in Canberra.

HerCanberra is a proud sponsor of the CAPO awards program.

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