Rescinded funding results in a far from Immaculate reception

The war of words between artist Casey Jenkins and the Australia Council has escalated, with high profile artists coming into bat for Jenkins.

In what has been described as an ‘extraordinary intervention’, the Australia Council for the Arts has rescinded a $25,000 grant for performance artist Casey Jenkins’ artwork IMMACULATE, citing ‘the potential legal risk [the project] presents’.

IMMACULATE – which has been misrepresented in some quarters as an attempt to have a child in the name of art – is described by Jenkins as a documentation of their attempt to conceive via self-insemination.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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