Shoalhaven, NSW: On Wednesday 5 April the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP announced funding of $33 M for Bundanon.
Samuel Edwards Chair and Rachel Kent CEO comment that the 33 M funding will ensure Bundanon, one of the nine National Collecting Institutions, continues to grow and thrive as one of Australia’s most significant cultural organisations. It is particularly timely as this year Bundanon celebrates its 30th anniversary. Established in 1993, Bundanon was gifted to the Australian people by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd, representing one of the most significant acts of philanthropy in the history of the arts in Australia.
Bundanon Chief Executive Officer, Rachel Kent said: “We are delighted and heartened to receive this vital funding uplift by the Australian Government for Bundanon in its new public chapter. This valued and timely support for all the National Collecting Institutions demonstrates its recognition of the centrality of culture, creativity and the arts for Australia today. The new National Cultural Policy – Revive is an important milestone, and today’s funding announcement demonstrates that Government has listened closely, looked deeply, and understood clearly the pivotal role of creativity in strengthening and connecting our community and telling the Nation’s many diverse stories.
This funding will give Bundanon a sustainable future, allowing it to grow in the new infrastructure, reach new audiences, and build and deliver innovative exhibitions, live programs, multi-disciplinary residencies and learning opportunities for all ages within the landscape of the Shoalhaven, on south coast NSW.
As the only National Collecting Institution in regional Australia, Bundanon has an important role to play in shaping the nation’s cultural identity. Supporting land care, sustainability, and the careful stewardship of this ancient landscape, it fosters close, deep relationships with broad and diverse communities including, especially, our First Nations communities through the south coast and beyond.”