The Contemporary Art Centre of SA (CACSA) and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF) are in talks to merge into one entity following this year’s dramatic Australia Council cuts to arts funding.
It was decided in a joint meeting of the CACSA and AEAF boards in June that each would work toward a joint amalgamation with the goal of establishing a new entity aiming to support and represent South Australia’s contemporary visual arts scene. “While there are many hurdles to clear in the next year we are confident that the sense of optimism and collaboration evident in our discussions will realise a shared vision for a dynamic, responsive and sustainable new entity that will build on the illustrious histories of AEAF & CACSA,” a joint statement from Ted Snell and Jim Moss, chairs of AEAF and CACSA boards, said today. AEAF Director Steve Eland and CACSA Executive Director Liz Nowell worked together to create a timeline for the merger, aiming to be operational as a single entity by July 2017. Along the way, the groups will make joint submissions to the Australia Council and Arts South Australia for further funding in this context. “We appreciate the input we have received from our Memberships and supporters, and look forward to a robust and exciting future,” said Snell and Moss. aeaf.org.au cacsa.org.au