Bendigo and Chewton artists, Adam Ford, George Egerton-Warburton and David Chisholm, join a roll call of 62 artists and creative organisations to receive support through the Victorian Government’s latest round of VicArts grants.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP today announced a total of $148,041 to local recipients to support projects including a solo sculpture exhibition in Melbourne and internationally, a spoken word dance performance that will feature at the Castlemaine State Festival in 2019 and the 2018 &2019 Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM).

This round of VicArts grants totals $1,558,560 for projects that will provide employment opportunities for more than 1,500 Victorian artists and associated professionals across the state.

The supported projects reflect the diverse nature of Victoria’s dynamic creative community and include new exhibitions, theatre and dance works, books of poetry and literature, podcasts and more.

The next round of VicArts grants are now open for application. Grants of between $5000 and $60,000 are available for projects commencing from 1 January 2019. For information about the program and to see a full list of the latest recipients, go to

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP.

“Congratulations to the latest round of VicArts grant recipients from the Bendigo and Castlemaine region Adam Ford, George Egerton-Warburton and David Chisholm. This is a fantastic win for the entire Bendigo region as it strengthens our rich arts culture and attracts visitors to the region.”

 “Congratulations to two Bendigo West artists George Egerton-Warburton and David Chisholm – who each received funding for their respective projects.  George Egerton- Warburton’s kinetic sculpture solo exhibition will be exhibited in Australia and the USA and Bendigo composer David Chisholm will develop and present the 2018 and 2019 Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM).

“To find out more about the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM) visit

 “The VicArts grants program invests in the professional practice of all Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies – creative people contribute to the cultural diversity and liveability of our region and are the backbone of our creative state.”

“VicArts supports diverse, imaginative and exciting projects which in turn support jobs and new opportunities for both artists and the community.”

“I encourage our local creative community to see how this and other Creative Victoria programs can support their work and ideas.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP