Vitals Receives Four Year Federal Investment

Vitalstatistix’s board is thrilled to announce that the organisation has been funded through Creative Australia’s Four Year Investment for Organisations (FYIO) program for 2025–2028.

Creative Australia (formerly the Australia Council) made the announcement of its investment into 159 small-to-medium arts organisations on Wednesday. Further details can be viewed HERE.

Provided through the Emerging and Experimental Art section of Creative Australia, the multi-year funding recognises and supports Vitalstatistix’s championing of contemporary arts practice, public dialogue, and progressive change through culture.

“Vitalstatistix is extremely pleased to secure this four year investment in what represents a significant achievement for the organisation, and an acknowledgment of the important national role we play. We welcome the stability, focus and opportunity that this funding affords us – our team, our partners and most importantly, the artists we work with,” said Vitalstatistix’s Chair, Angela Flynn.

“We are also buoyed by the overall acknowledgement of the emerging and experimental arts sector in this funding round, confirming the value of a strong and thriving arts ecology at all levels. We look forward to continuing to collaborate closely with our brilliant peers and partners, right across the country.”

Vitalstatistix’s Artistic Director/Co-CEO, Emma Webb OAM, said “This support will make a transformative difference to Vitals and the artistic, cultural and social practices we support. It enables us to plan ahead and include more artists and publics in our programs of performances, residencies, laboratories, events, collaborative projects, and professional development opportunities for artists.”

Vitalstatistix’s Executive Director/Co-CEO, Cassie Magin, said “In 2024, we will celebrate our 40th anniversary. This new funding will mean we can celebrate this milestone, knowing we are then entering our fifth decade in 2025 with stable support for our work with artists and our commitment to elevating experimental, progressive art and culture.”

Vitalstatistix’s 2024 artistic program is focused on feminist and queer performance practices that have been at the foundation of the organisation for four decades. We begin with the world premiere of I Hide in Bathrooms, by Astrid Pill and Collaborators, with Adelaide Festival and Insite Arts.

2024 is also the 15th anniversary of our experimental art lab Adhocracy and will include a bumper addition of this national initiative. Our full program will be announced in February 2024 with all events presented from our home, Waterside Workers Hall, Yartapuulti, Port Adelaide.

“In 2024 we also begin development on a range of new works and projects which will feature across our Four Year Investment for Organisations-funded programs from 2025. We are working with artists and artist-run collectives to support experimental and social practice-based art and culture, including artworks that speak directly to the intersectional feminism, labour rights, climate change and mutual aid, decolonisation and demilitarisation, and, of course, the public value of expansive, experimental art making to contemporary culture and community life,” said Webb.