Funding is available for national collecting institutions to help them develop and tour their collections nationally and internationally. Funding recipients for 2019–20 are listed.

2 August 2019

Bundanon Trust

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul will concentrate on a little known part of the life of one of Australia’s most famous artists, and the work inspired by the landscape of the Shoalhaven River surrounding Bundanon. The works included in this exhibition will convey the artist’s relationship with the landscape that became his home and now a major legacy for the Australian people.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to venues in Victoria and Queensland.

Touring funding: $76,652

Museum of Australian Democracy

Behind the Lines 2018

This annual exhibition showcases the best Australian political cartoons from the year, celebrating Australian's unique, vibrant and fearless tradition of political cartooning. Engaging, witty and always humorous, these images offer an astutely observed journey through twelve months in our political life.

Funding will support the touring of the 2018 exhibition in Queensland.

Touring funding: $17,000

Behind the Lines 2019

This annual exhibition showcases the best Australian political cartoons from the year, celebrating Australian's unique, vibrant and fearless tradition of political cartooning. Engaging, witty and always humorous, these images offer an astutely observed journey through twelve months in our political life.

Funding will support the development and touring of the 2019 exhibition to venues in New South Wales and Victoria.

Development and Touring funding: $88,000

National Film and Sound Archive

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

This exhibition is a major collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive that explores through portraiture the intriguing and compelling personal stories of individuals and groups working with the Australian feature film industry through its history.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to venues in New South Wales and Western Australia.

Touring funding: $78,227

Master the Archive Interactive Trivia Game

This interactive exhibition will present Australia’s history and culture through video, still images and audio clips presented in a trivia game format. Each game offers a sequence of trivia questions created from the National Film and Sound Archive’s collection centred around Australia’s history, culture and audio-visual heritage.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to aged care homes in New South Wales.

Development and Touring funding: $64,583

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition

This exhibition will feature costumes that appeared in the 2015 film ‘The Dressmaker’ starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving. In particular, the exhibition will celebrate the work of leading Australian female creatives such as Jocelyn Moorhouse (director), Sue Maslin AO (producer) and award-winning costume designer Marion Boyce.

Funding will support the development and touring of the exhibition, which will tour from 2020.

Development funding: $79,431

National Gallery of Australia

Body Language: Cultural Identity Expressed Through the Language of Body Art

This travelling exhibition has been created in response to the 2019 United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages and will explore Indigenous cultural identity through the language of body art.

Funding will support the development of the exhibition, which will tour to venues in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Development and Touring funding: $65,672

Defying Empire: 3rd Indigenous Art Triennial

Defying Empire: 3rd Indigenous Art Triennial brings the works of 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country into the national spotlight.

The exhibition will tour nationally with venues in Northern Territory, Queensland, regional New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

Touring funding: $94,017

National Library of Australia

George French Angas

This exhibition celebrates the work of George French Angas, a colonial artist and naturalist who made hundreds of watercolour drawings of the colonial frontiers of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa between 1844 and 1847.

Funding will support the final stages of development of the exhibition, which will be presented in South Australia.

Touring funding: $10,000

National Museum of Australia

Midawarr—Harvest: The Art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley

This exhibition will display a select suite of works by Mulkun Wirrpanda, senior female artist of the Dhudi-Djapu clan of north-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, alongside a commissioned landscape by artist John Wolseley to produce a watercolour tableau of the Garrangari and Garrangali floodplain of Yolngu country to explore Yolngu ecology.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to venues in New South Wales and Victoria.

Touring funding: $89,500

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years!

This exhibition celebrates Play School as the longest running children's series on Australian television. Appealing to several generations of Australians the exhibition will allow visitors to connect with the sets and props from this beloved show which holds a special place in Australia's cultural memory.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to regional venues in Victoria,       South Australia and Western Australia.

Touring funding: $142,000

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

This exhibition was on display at the National Museum of Australia from September 2017 to February 2018 and tells a celestial creation story of seven sisters journeying along ancestral routes as they are pursued by a sorcerer. This drama is played out in the night sky by the Orion and Pleiades star clusters and features an immersive six metre night sky digital dome.

Funding will support the development of the exhibition to make it suitable for national and international touring.

Development funding: $101,345

National Portrait Gallery of Australia

National Photographic Portrait Prize (2019 and 2020)

This annual exhibition promotes the best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers. It attracts entrants from all states and territories and reflects a national representation of contemporary Australian photographic portrait practice.

Funding will support the touring of the 2019 and 2020 exhibitions to venues in        New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Touring funding: $62,125

Starstruck: On Location

This exhibition is a condensed version of the Starstruck: Portraits from the movies collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive. Starstruck explores through portraiture, the intriguing and compelling personal stories of individuals and groups working within the Australian feature-film industry throughout history.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to Victoria.

Touring funding: $10,000

Style and Substance

This exhibition will feature approximately 50 portraiture works of high profile individuals such as athlete Anna Meares, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO and journalist Lee Li Chin, exploring their lives through digital portrait stories.

Funding will support the development and touring of this exhibition to venues across Australia.

Development and Touring funding: $41,600