The coming months see ASOC for the first time in a formal relationship with the ACT Government Heritage Grants Program, following the financial award of $6,265 for the project “Recording the Heritage Sites of the Region in Fine-Art”.
This means that Artists can work towards the goal of creating a Re-
gional Heritage Art Exhibition during the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival, which has a wide ranging calendar that operates from 14 – 29 April 2018.
The ASOC/ACT Catchment Group’s Exhibition is scheduled for 14 – 20th April, 2018 at the Fitter’s Workshop in Kingston, with bump-in and bump-out days set on 13 and 21 April. We would have liked to have extended over the weekend of 21/22 April, but unfortunately the premises were booked for another Sunday event.
An important condition of the Heritage Grant concerns definitions of ACT Heritage as presented in the Heritage Act 2004.
“Recent amendments to the Heritage Act 2004 have reduced the duplication between heritage and nature conservation legislation. In particular, the Heritage Council is no longer able to register a place only for natural heritage significance where a declaration may be in force under the Nature Conservation Act 1980.
.As such, a number of the places nominated for natural values are in the process of being removed from the ACT Heritage Register as they are protected under the Nature Conservation Act.
Artists are therefore asked to note that their work should focus on information contained in the current ACT Heritage Register and the select registered places and objects designated with – Status 3.
In reality the Register is a fantastic guide to what is available as subject material for artists, The Register can be found at:
You may be surprised by some of the listings, for example, the Swinger Hill Cluster Housing Project (1970’s) and Gus’ Café in Civic
The Molonglo, Southern ACT, and Ginninderra Catchment groups, and ACT Historic Places (part of the Cultural Facilities Corporation) also have a plethora of knowledge on possible subject matter for artists to consider.
The Project Staffing team nominated in the Heritage Grant application comprises: Dr Karen Williams, Chair, Molonglo Catchment Group; Ms Miranda Gardner, Chair of the Southern ACT Catchment Group;
Ms Tricia Wheatstone, ASOC; and myself (AJJ) as Chair of the project. The Government’s Deed of Grant signed on 24 October has a number of Reporting requirements that we must meet over the course of the
next twelve months as the project proceeds. In the interim, I am also in the process of applying for additional continued support from our main sponsor for this event Icon Water.