Produced, filmed and edited by Ian and Eleanor McPhee. The HONK footage seen here is a work in progress.


What are the kinds of projects that Culture Bank members choose to support?

Our first round of support went out in August 2013. After heaps of lively discussion and debate, members opted to support art tours offered by Studio 19, SPATE 13 and a special project curated by the Austinmer Dance Theatre.

Our next round supported local film screenings, a local record label launch and the major expansion of a writer’s fest.

We then backed a cultural exposition called the Village Variety Revue, and a musical explosion on the streets in the form of HONK! Oz.

Then we assisted Mel Wishart in attending HONK! (activist street-music) festivals in Somerville, Boston (10th Anniversary and birthplace of HONK!); Providence & New York AND thus bringing back the knowledge and experience to help us develop our very own HONK Festivals.
– Jam and Bread (community music and food celebrations) to fund three performances by musicians from culturally diverse backgrounds.
– Providing funds to kick off a crowd funding campaign to make the feature film ‘Jobs for Women’ – about the true story of women who campaigned and won jobs at the Port Kembla Steelworks.
– Wollongong Writers Festival (WWF) 2015 who asked us for funding to pay artists Australian Society of Author-endorsed pay rates and to help make WWF sustainable long-term + plus pay a sound person for the event.

In August 2015 we gave money to‬ support a special presentation/performance of a cult surf film with the soundtrack reworked and performed live onstage by local musician Russell W. @Yours and Owls Music and Arts Festival, Stuart Park Wollongong.

‪‎We gave a grant to help pitch a project to the Port Kembla (and wider Wollongong) community and to then produce ‘Where Lies Beauty, an oral history project about the past and present of Wentworth Street, Port Kembla.

‪Funding‬ to help create film based street installations bridging a relationship between art, running/fitness and the local environment.

BUT there are other cultural and creative projects not mentioned here!!

We continue to support our community, and most recently we funded two new projects being ‘Omni'(poetry) and ‘Queer & Now’. Keep your eyes posted for updates on these gems.

So far we’ve given away over $50,000 +++ to these and many more innovative projects and we’re eager to do more! You can make that happen by joining us today or getting others to sign up!

We look forward to supporting more great ideas that enhance the local cultural landscape of our community. Stay tuned for more to come!