State fund­ing gives ‘stable base’ for the­atre

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BARK­ING Gecko The­atre Com­pany is set to re­ceive a slice of $29 mil­lion in arts fund­ing an­nounced by the State Gov­ern­ment late last month.

Thirty-five or­gan­i­sa­tions in vis­ual arts, the­atre, dance and mu­sic were al­lo­cated fund­ing over three years.

Cul­ture and Arts Min­is­ter John Day said a new fund­ing model was in­tro­duced last year.

“The Or­gan­i­sa­tions In­vest­ment Pro­gram is de­signed to make the fund­ing process more open, trans­par­ent and ac­ces­si­ble for arts and cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tions,” Mr Day said.

“This has en­abled six new arts or­gan­i­sa­tions, Co3, Lost & Found Opera Inc, Mar­rugeku Inc, Perth Cen­tre for Pho­tog­ra­phy, Sym­bi­otic and The Last Great Hunt, to re­ceive re­cur­rent gov­ern­ment fund­ing for the first time.”

Bark­ing Gecko chief ex­ec­u­tive He­len Hristof­ski said the three-year com­mit­ment from the Depart­ment of Cul­ture and the Arts was fan­tas­tic and it gave the com­pany a stable base to work from.

“Perth is a fan­tas­tic place to make the­atre and fund­ing pro­grams like this means it will con­tinue to grow,” she said.

Ms Hristof­ski said gov­ern­ment fund­ing made up around 35 per cent of Bark­ing Gecko’s an­nual turnover, with the rest from ticket sales, cor­po­rate giv­ing and phi­lan­thropy pro­grams.

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