State funding gives ‘stable base’ for theatre
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.