British Columbia

B.C. arts groups take shows on the road with new government funding

Vancouver-based Ballet B.C. will receive the lion's share of a new fund dedicated to help artists tour their work, both nationally and internationally.

18 projects to receive grants to aid national and international tours

Vancouver-based company Ballet B.C. is one of 18 arts organizations to be given provincial funding to support national and international tours. (Chris Randle)

Vancouver-based Ballet B.C. will receive the lion's share of a new fund dedicated to help artists tour their work, both nationally and internationally.

Culture minister Peter Fassbender announced Thursday that $237,574 will be split between 18 different arts groups under the International Presence pilot project, part of the province's broader Creative Economy Strategy.

Ballet B.C. receives $100,000 towards a tour that includes headlining the International Dance Festival in Birmingham, England, as well as performances in New York and Ottawa.

It's a large boost for the dance company that, just eight years ago, was on the brink of receivership.

Other recipients include Kidd Pivot and Electric Company ($16,250), for an international tour of their critically acclaimed work, Betroffenheit, the Contemporary Art Gallery ($12,000), for shows of artist Liz Magor's work in France, Italy and Germany and $50,000 (the second largest award), to the National Gallery of Canada to support Geoffrey Farmer's show at the 2017 Venice Biennale.