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Thursday, 5 November 2015


Castlemaine poet and writer, Terence Jaensch, is among a group of Victorian artists and independent arts organisations that will share in $1.3 million in the latest round

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said Mr Terence Jaensch has received a $10,000 grant for development of ‘If Memory Serves’, a collection of twelve literary non-fiction short stories documenting personal histories of life in an orphanage in Ballarat in the 1970's.

The project is among 71 creative endeavours that have been supported in the latest round of the VicArts Grants program. The projects span visual arts, literature, dance, circus, music and theatre, and range from digital storytelling apps to new music compositions. Overall the round will involve more than 1,500 artists across the state.

The VicArts Grants program provides grants of between $5,000 and $75,000 to Victorian independent artists and small organisations to create, develop, present and program new creative works.

It is a highly competitive program and applications are assessed by an independent panel of industry experts.

The next round of the program, for projects commencing from 1 June 2016, will open for applications in January and close on 17 February. For more information, go to

Quotes attributable to Maree Edwards MP, Member for Bendigo West

 “Arts, culture and creativity play a central role in our community – bringing people together, telling our stories, adding to liveability and contributing to our economy.”

 “The Victorian Government is proud to invest in Victoria’s creative industries, which bring $23 billion into the state economy each year and help shape our vibrant creative culture. Congratulations to all VicArts grants recipients – I look forward to the continued success of our local artistic talent.”

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