The Australian Government has announced the first projects to be funded under Catalyst, the new $12 million national arts and culture fund created late last year.
Catalyst funding is available in three streams: partnerships and collaborations; innovation and participation; and international and cultural diplomacy.
The first three successful projects were fast-tracked to allow these organisations to take up unexpected opportunities, as provided for under the Catalyst guidelines.
The three recipients are:
The Hush Foundation based in Victoria produces music and theatre to improve the environment of hospitals and health-care settings.
Suzanne O'Connell Gallery and Associates in Queensland, in partnership with Girringun Aboriginal Corporation will showcase the traditional and contemporary work of Indigenous artists in Northern Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands to 500,000 European visitors.
The Last Great Hunt Inc in Western Australia will perform a new Australian work tackling the issues of Alzheimers and dementia in a key international arts market.