RAF Announcements

68 REGIONAL AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL PROJECTS TO BENEFIT FROM $746,000 IN FUNDING

Minister for the Arts, the Honorable Senator George Brandis QC, has awarded funds totaling $746,637.53 through the March 2015 round of the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund Program.

68 projects from the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia have been supported through the Fund, fostering arts and culture in regional, remote and very remote communities.

Regional Arts Australia President Kate Fielding reflected on the important role of the Regional Arts Fund:

‘Regional artists show great imagination, flexibility and creativity in coming up with wonderful projects that generate community involvement through the arts. The projects funded in this round truly reflect this spirit of regional creative enterprise’, said Ms Fielding.

The Regional Arts Fund supports applications across all artforms, regions and ages. In the current round projects in music, theatre, dance, drama, writing, visual arts, crafts, digital and screen media and community cultural development have all received funding.

‘A key reason for the Regional Arts Fund’s success is that it is delivered through the network of regional arts organisations that make up Regional Arts Australia. These organisations have a strong understanding of their regional communities, ensuring that the benefits of the Program reach out to the broadest range of people and projects’, added Ms Fielding.

The 68 projects supported in this funding round are typical of the quality and diversity of creative activities emanating from regional Australia. Some of the funded projects highlighting the quality of applications to the Fund include:

WA: Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation will partner with TURA New Music to conduct a Residency Program featuring renowned musician and instrument maker Mark Cain, involving the communities of One Arm Point, Beagle Bay, and Broome.

Qld: Chasing the shoals - yindilgal balkanya! A North Stradbroke Island community based production of four short films, capturing the stories and history of the North Stradbroke Island Aboriginal fishing families. The films will be incorporated into the first act of a multi-media stage show and will also form part of an educational program to be developed for Queensland’s schools by the island's elders.

Tas: David Pattman’s Pastoral – BOOMER BAY is a project to create an illuminated 'spiritual path' around Tasmania by curating a series of sound and lighting installations in rural roadside churches.

Vic: Monkey Heads West – Castlemaine. This retelling of the 1980s cult Japanese TV series Monkey consists of a theatrical production created by The Castlemaine Theatre Company in collaboration with a number of community groups. Through the classic journeys of Monkey, this story celebrates the multicultural history of Castlemaine and the Chinese community in Central Victoria during the Gold Rush.

 NT: Artists from Hermannsburg Potters, an Aboriginal owned and operated art centre based in Central Australia, will participate in a 6-month long cultural program alongside their exhibitions from September 2015 – February 2016 at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

SA: Instep Dance Inc’s innovative project will forge an intra-state partnership between Instep Dance, DanCeduna and the Australian Dance Theatre, through skills development workshops, collaborative choreography and creative exchange via social media and online technology.

To download the RAF Round 1 2015-16 Recipient List - FINAL click here (PDF).

Note that New South Wales is not included in this release as Regional Arts New South Wales only operates one RAF round per annum in the second half of 2015.

Regional Arts Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Australia and pays its respect to their Elders past and present.