With massive cuts in finding to the Australia Council thanks to our current federal government, and diversion of funds to projects that are only considered ‘commercially successful’, it’s heartening to see websites emerge that place supporting artists into the hands of people who actually care, you! 🙂
Being a Patron of the Arts is no longer restricted to people with a high income, and is now available to the average arts lover. I wrote previously about a site where you can sponsor the creation of Street Art (Collecting Street Art) as one-off projects. Patreon has made it possible to become a patron of the arts by supporting as many or as few artists as you like, for as little as a $1/month. Unlike We the Vandals, this is ongoing support each time a new work is created, with a fixed monthly maximum. Like We the Vandals, there are rewards depending on the levels of support, or just let patronage be a reward in itself.
Local street photographer Photon Vandal has set up a campaign to support his night photography. I’ve been following his exciting, influential work in various guises over the last few years. This is a great opportunity to see more of the work you like and know you had a part in creating it.