More than $1 million in arts and culture funding for regional Australia

17 October 2014

I am today announcing funding of over $1 million for 80 exciting regional arts and cultural projects through the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund.

At the Regional Arts Australia Summit in Kalgoorlie I am currently attending, I have been impressed by the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of the regional arts community. Quality arts and cultural activities are not only the domain of the capital cities—communities and artists in the regions are an integral part of Australia's vibrant arts sector.

The Regional Arts Fund is one way the Australian Government supports regional artists and arts organisations to develop their artistic practice and produce works and experiences to benefit their local communities.

From a group of 140 musicians in the mineral mining town of Mount Isa, Queensland to a creative arts installation project in the Eurobodalla region of New South Wales these arts and culture projects will create long lasting benefits for local artists and communities.

These regional projects draw on a mix of visual art, theatrical performances, music, film and the delivery and sharing of skills and knowledge.

The Regional Arts Fund is administered on behalf of the Australia Government by Regional Arts Australia and its member organisations.

Some of the projects supported through the latest round of the Regional Arts Fund include:

Mt Isa, QUEENSLAND: Mount Isa School of the Air: Mount Isa Community Orchestra Project—$25,000

The skills of 140 orchestral musicians will be honed by a world class artist who will lead a series of instrumental, orchestral technique workshops and master classes in Mount Isa. Two concert performances by this newly formed Mount Isa Community Ensemble will play to audiences of up to 1600, as part of the 2015 Queensland Music Festival in July 2015.

Moruya, NEW SOUTH WALES: South East Arts: Waterways Museum—$23,300

South East Arts will partner with Erth Visual & Physical Inc. to work with local artists and community members to develop and deliver a creative installation as part of the Eurobodalla River of Arts Festival 2015. The Waterways Museum will be a stunning visual experience, bringing to life the region's landscape and history through interactive installations, animation and imagined artefacts created by the community.

Coober Pedy, SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Ananguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal Corporation: Coober Pedy Centenary Arts Project—$20,000

Senior artists from the Hermannsburg School of Painting will mentor local Indigenous artists in a two week landscape painting workshop culminating in an exhibition presented by Ananguku Arts and the Coober Pedy District Council celebrating the 2015 Centenary of Coober Pedy.

St Helens, TASMANIA: Break O'Day Council: Break O'Day Youth Film Project—$4,800

The Break O'Day Youth Film Project in St Helens, located on the north east coast of Tasmania, will support young people aged 12 to 25 years to develop a narrative then film, edit and produce short films. The films will be shown at the Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival.

Castlemaine, VICTORIA: The Village Festival of New Performance (Inc.): Stories of Castlemaine—$14,200

A local history project Stories of Castlemaine is an inter-generational community development project and a multi-arts community festival. Personal stories about Castlemaine will be collected from the town elders. These stories will then be interpreted by local youth and other community members under the guidance of experienced artists. Artforms used include visual art, fire art, theatrical performance and music. All these elements will come together in a community fire lighting ritual that forms the centrepiece of the 2015 Castlemaine Village Winter Festival.

Peel, WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre Peel Creative Residency Program—$40,000

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will relocate the Creative Residency Program to the Peel region in 2015–16. The program will include delivery of skills-development workshops and creative residencies by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre artists in the development of two new works.

The full list of grant recipients is attached.

For more information about regional arts visit www.arts.gov.au/regional.