Following the successful selection of MAD.LAB studio, a fourth year Bachelor of Design Research Project run at UNSW Art & Design, for an Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant in 2016, the program is now open for new applications in 2017.
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.
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.
Further 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.
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.
Applications for the 2017 round of the ACDGP close at 2pm AEST on 12th April 2017.