Why did this multi-arts organisation lose its federal arts funding?

Brisbane staple Metro Arts was unsuccessful in securing four-year funding from Creative Australia, impacting the lives of many artists.
Metro Arts in West End Village, recently lost its federal arts funding.

In December, Creative Australia announced the results of its Four Year Investment for Organisations (FYIO) program, the backbone of federal arts funding for organisations nationwide. Metro Arts in Brisbane was unsuccessful in its bid for funding beyond 2025, a decision that has caused significant professional grief and anxiety for the many artists that have come to rely on the organisation.

Metro Arts’ roots in the Queensland cultural landscape are historical and deep. Notable alumni include Wesley Enoch AM, Vernon Ah Kee, Gemma Smith, Robert Andrew, Liesel Zink, The Farm, Dead Puppets Society, Dan Evans and more. The organisation supports emerging and early-career work across theatre, visual arts, and contemporary and interdisciplinary practices. 

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David Burton is a writer from Meanjin, Brisbane. David also works as a playwright, director and author. He is the playwright of over 30 professionally produced plays. He holds a Doctorate in the Creative Industries.