• Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran co-commission by Dhaka Art Summit and Artspace

    The Dhaka Art Summit is a research and exhibition platform for art, which in 2016 welcomed over 138,000 local and 800 international visitors.

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  • Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia

    Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia is an exhibition exploring the iconic didjeridu through sound, story, moving images & treasured objects.

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  • Milingimbi Art and Culture US travelling exhibition

    Milingimbi Art & Culture senior artists have secured a Melon Fellowship grant to research the Kluge Ruhe Collection at University of Virginia, USA.

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  • OzAsia Festival Singapore Focus and Engagement

    OzAsia Festival will present a Singapore-focused cultural engagement program that strengthens cultural ties with Singapore.

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Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience. These initiatives strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally.

Priority regions

The ACDGP focus is on activities that contribute to advancing Australia’s foreign and trade policy priorities and enhance understanding of Australia, particularly in the four priority regions (Asia; South Pacific; America’s and Western Europe; and the Middle East and Africa).

A priority is also to support targeted public diplomacy initiatives in the current year’s targeted Focus Country (Japan 2018, future years to be confirmed). Each year the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade delivers a targeted focus country public diplomacy program in a country of significance to Australia. The program’s objective is to raise Australia’s profile as an innovative, creative nation and build understanding of contemporary Australia beyond our landscape and lifestyle.

More information: Focus Country Program (FCP)

Cultural diplomacy outcomes

Projects supported by the ACDGP should engage audiences, establish ongoing networks and promote collaboration and exchange and align to cultural diplomacy outcomes:

  • Expand audiences and markets for Australian artistic work and creative products.
  • Promote Australian expertise in arts production and management.
  • Leverage public-private partnerships.
  • Recognise the role of cultural actors as authentic and accessible agents of social change.
  • Influence perceptions of Australia at home and abroad.

ACDGP objectives

The ACDGP will achieve DFAT’s cultural diplomacy outcomes by:

  • Supporting innovative collaboration and exchange.
  • Promoting our economic, artistic and cultural assets to an international audience.
  • Supporting cultural diplomacy initiatives in future Focus Country’s (Japan 2018, future years to be confirmed).
  • Fostering collaborative people-to-people links internationally.
  • Leveraging existing partnerships and fostering engagement with key stakeholders in line with our economic diplomacy objectives.

Next grants round

Applications for the next round of the ACDGP will open in early 2018.

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program 2017 Guidelines

The outcome of the 2017 round of the ACDGP was announced on 16 August 2017.

Media release: 2017 Cultural Diplomacy Grants

Current ACDGP grantees
Recipient Project Touring to Grant Amount
Artspace

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran co-commission by Dhaka Art Summit and Artspace

Two leading international contemporary art organisations, Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh) and Artspace (Australia) are collaborating to co-commission a new presentation of Australian artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran in South Asia at the Dhaka Art Summit in 2018 and Artspace in 2019.

Bangladesh $20,000 plus GST
National Museum of Australia

Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia

The Yidaki project is a world first exhibition exploring the iconic Australian instrument through sound, story, moving images and treasured objects. This project shares this ground-breaking story of Aboriginal music and culture with Japanese audiences.

Japan $60,000 plus GST
Milingimbi Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation

Milingimbi Art and Culture US travelling exhibition

Senior Milingimbi artists are travelling to teach at University of Virginia and engage with the Kluge Rhue collection on a Melon Fellowship grant, September 2017. The Art Centre will extend this with an exhibition at the Australian Embassy and Consulates.

United States of America $28,409.68 plus GST
OzAsia Festival

OzAsia Festival Singapore Focus and Engagement

OzAsia Festival will present a Singapore focused cultural engagement program that strengthens cultural ties with Singapore following the signing of the MOU on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture and the establishment of The Australia–Singapore Arts Group.

Australia, Singapore $50,000 plus GST
Canberra Glassworks Ltd

Touring of the Hindmarsh Prize 2018 exhibition to Toyama, Japan

Canberra Glassworks will present the Hindmarsh Prize 2018 exhibition, approximately 20 works by ACT and region glass artists, at Toyama Glass Museum from 26 Oct to 4 Nov 2018 and provide an artist talk and demonstration at Toyama Glass Studio.

Japan $4,000 FY17/18

 

$39,610 FY18/19

Plus GST

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Thomas Bock

Thomas Bock is an exhibition and public program that reinterprets the work of a convict artist from a contemporary perspective. Collaboratively curated by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Ikon Gallery, UK, it also involves four other institutions.

Australia, United Kingdom $57,500 plus GST
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

Women’s Wealth

‘Women’s Wealth’ is a major project for The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), highlighting the important role that women’s creative work plays in Indigenous communities in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands $60,000 plus GST
The SUBSTATION

The SUBSTATION and Cryptic Exchange Partnership

The SUBSTATION aims to build upon their relationship with Glasgow-based arts presenter Cryptic, to create a reciprocal artist exchange partnership for inclusion in The SUBSTATION’s and Cryptic’s programming, including Sonica Festival, Cove Park Residencies, major co-commissions, research and development opportunities.

Australia, United Kingdom

$10,000.00 FY17/18

 

$10,000 FY18/19

$5,000 FY19/20

Plus GST

Naomi Milgrom Foundation

MPavilion 2017 International Program

Leading-edge international design leaders present talks and undergo a program with local creatives/practitioners. A strategy for international media and online sharing supports the program, highlighting Australia's creative industries and showcasing Australia as a leader/facilitator of innovation in the architecture/design field.

Australia $60,000 plus GTS
University of Technology, Sydney, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

The Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism will open on September 1, 2017, in which work from the most prestigious architecture and urbanism courses around the world will be exhibited. The UTS School of Architecture is the only Australian participant.

Australia, Republic of Korea $28,050 plus GST
APRA AMCOS

2017 Australian Music Industry South American Trade Mission

Following the success of the inaugural Trade Mission, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA seeks to lead a return delegation, to build upon those foundations and cultivate key relationships. The 2017 Mission would extend to include Australian showcasing artists and both Colombia and Mexico.

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico $60,000 plus GST

Contact us

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program is administered through the Public Diplomacy Branch, Cultural Diplomacy Section. Email: cultural.diplomacy@dfat.gov.au

2016 Funding recipients

Read more about current grantees

Figures below state GST.

Last Updated: 17 August 2017

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