Funding is available for national collecting institutions to help them develop and tour their collections nationally and internationally. Funding recipients for 2017-18 are listed.

26 June 2017

Australian National Maritime Museum

The Art of Science: Baudin's voyagers 1800–1804

This collaborative exhibition, led by the Australian National Maritime Museum and National Museum of Australia, will present paintings and drawings created by French artists Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit during Nicolas Baudin's expedition to Australia in 1800–1804.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

Touring funding: $167,355

Bundanon Trust

The Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and the Unicorn exhibition showcases 25 prints by Arthur Boyd born from the creative collaboration between the artist and Australian-born poet Peter Porter. It includes extracts from Porter's 20 poems on the theme and explores Boyd's approach to printmaking and its place in his artistic career.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to four inner regional venues in New South Wales and Queensland in 2017-18.

Touring funding: $17, 390

Arthur Boyd: The Shoalhaven Years

Arthur Boyd: The Shoalhaven Years will concentrate on a little known part of one of Australia’s most famous artists, his 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 development of the exhibition, which will tour to venues across Australia.

Development funding: $67, 864

Museum of Australian Democracy

Behind the Lines 2016 and 2017

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 2016 exhibition to regional venues in South Australia, New South Wales, and Victoria, and development of the 2017 exhibition.

Development and touring funding: $82, 225

National Portrait Gallery of Australia

Awesome Achievers: Stories of Australians of the Year

This exhibition will showcase 39 works and audio visual materials showcasing 28 recipients of the Australian of Year Award. It explores concepts of national identity and celebrates an extraordinary array of talent and achievement.

Funding will support the tour of this exhibition to regional New South Wales in 2017-18.

Touring funding: $14,420

Starstruck: Portraits from the Movies

This exhibition is a major collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive which 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 development of the exhibition, which will tour to venues in all states and territories.

Development funding: $28,000

Bare: Degrees of undress

This exhibition showcases 50 portraits across a range of media exploring the degrees of nakedness and includes engaging multimedia elements including a documentary and game.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to four venues in regional New South Wales.

Touring funding: $19,074

National Photographic Portrait Prize (2017 and 2018)

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 2017 exhibition and development of the 2018 National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition. The 2017 exhibition will tour to five venues in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

Development and touring funding: $28,454

National Archives of Australia

Secret: Spies and Espionage in Australia

This exhibition will explore the history and contemporary role of espionage in Australia by looking at the popular culture presentation of spies versus the reality of the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) business and how technology has impacted on ASIO work.

The proposed funding will enable the continued development of this exhibition that will tour to every state and territory.

Development funding: $78,535

National Gallery of Australia

Abstract Woman: Australian women abstraction artists

This exhibition reveals the vital contribution Australian women artists have made to abstract art and includes painting, sculpture, printmaking and applied arts. Drawn entirely from the Gallery's Australian art collection, 90 works in a range of media including painting, sculpture, printmaking and applied arts will take audiences on a journey from the early 20th century through to the present day.

Funding will support touring the exhibition to four venues in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in 2017-18.

Touring funding: $23,641

The National Picture

This collaborative exhibition with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery will focus on portrayals of Tasmanian Aboriginal people from the declaration of martial law in Tasmania in 1828 through until 1851. The works of Benjamin Duterrau, colonial Tasmanian artist, is central to the exhibition.

Funding will support the development of this exhibition with touring planned for the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.

Development funding: $100,000

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: $12,250

National Museum of Australia

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years!

This exhibition celebrates Play School as the longest running children's series on Australian television. Appealing to 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 Queensland and New South Wales for 2017–18.

Touring funding: $121,900

Midawarr – Harvest: wild food and art in an Arnhem Land flood plain.

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 development of the exhibition, with future touring to New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Development funding: $37,935

National Film and Sound Archive

Starstruck: Portraits from the Movies

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 development of the exhibition, which will tour to venues in all states and territories.

Development funding: $28,000

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