Regional Arts funding

27 July 2015

The Australian Government has announced more than $745,000 for 68 arts and cultural projects across regional Australia, through the Regional Arts Fund.

The projects will animate community spaces, provide opportunities for participation and increased understanding of artists with disability, assist in the preservation and transmission of Indigenous culture and provide opportunities for local artists to build and share their professional practice.

Our regional artists and arts organisations are some of Australia’s most innovative and exciting cultural producers and this support will enable them to continue to create projects that inspire, engage and reflect local communities.

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

Vancouver Arts Centre, Western Australia: $5,970 for The Big Draw: Drawing Matters a touring exhibition that will engage all ages and abilities in contemporary drawing practices and develop new audiences for the visual arts.

Warrnambool City Council, Victoria: $10,000 for the Memory in Motion project which will reinvigorate the lost art of Christmas window displays by supporting local artists to develop and install contemporary window artworks throughout the central business district of Warrnambool.

Beaudesert and District Community Arts Project, Queensland: $16,950 for the Lake Wyralong Sculpture Festival, a 16-day public art event. Seven sculptures will be created under the mentorship of Indigenous and local art students.

Interweave Arts, Tasmania: $7,500 for a partnership between artists and Access Arts Link participants living with disability to transform mobility assistive devices into wearable art.

Instep Dance, South Australia: $15,988 will support an intra-state partnership between Instep Dance, DanCeduna and the Australian Dance Theatre resulting in skills development and workshops, collaborative choreography and creative exchange.

Miriam Rose Foundation, Northern Territory: $19,100 to bring together Elders and youth from six Aboriginal communities for Wake’emUp’. This series of cultural activities will encourage the intergenerational transmission of traditional cultural expression through dance and music.

The Regional Arts Fund is funded by the Australian Government and administered by Regional Arts Australia. The fund supports arts and cultural development projects in regional, remote and isolated communities and is delivered nationally by Regional Arts Australia through its member organisations. Projects in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales were not included in this funding round.

Find out more about the Regional Arts Fund at the Regional Arts Australia website.