$1.3 million for new arts projects in regional Australia

19 November 2013

Audiences and artists in regional Australia will have more opportunities to participate in the arts thanks to more than $1.3 million in funding for 84 arts projects, announced today by Minister for the Arts George Brandis.

The projects are funded under the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund Community Grants Program.

“The Regional Arts Fund is one way the Australian Government works to give all Australians the opportunity to experience, create and participate in arts and culture,” Senator Brandis said.

“I want to ensure our arts and cultural sector is sustainable, accessible and valued. In regional Australia this means supporting artists and community-based arts organisations to pursue creative excellence in our regional and rural centres.

“Through this round of the Regional Arts Fund alone, more than 1,000 artists will be employed in new arts projects, 4,700 people will participate in hands-on arts activities and more than 200,000 people will experience these projects in their communities.”

The 84 projects funded include:

  • a series of workshops with conductor Angus Christie for the 64 members of the newly formed Limestone Coast Symphony Orchestra in South Australia
  • Propelled, a new work from Cairns-based Just Us Theatre Company about a local man with muscular dystrophy
  • a series of playwriting and directing workshops with playwrights Alex Broun and Mari Lourey and directors Kate Gaul and Adam Deuisen for communities in the Central West of NSW
  • a series of community-based initiatives from the Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Association in Borroloola to facilitate inter-generational cultural learning through dance, song, costume and instrument-making across four local language groups
  • Toowoomba Waterways Project featuring installations from 10 local artists as part of the 2014 Carnival of Flowers.

The Regional Arts Fund is administered by Regional Arts Australia and its member network of regional arts organisations in states and territories. The full list of funded projects is available at www.regionalarts.com.au