85 REGIONAL CULTURAL PROJECTS TO BENEFIT FROM $1,231,217 IN FUNDING
Minister for the Arts, Senator the Honourable Mitch Fifield, has awarded funds totaling $1,231,217 through the August 2015 round of the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund Program.
85 projects from the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have been supported, fostering the arts and cultural development in regional, remote and very remote communities.
Regional Arts Australia President Kate Fielding reflected on the important role of the Regional Arts Fund:
‘The Regional Arts Fund program is an investment in the creative individuals and organisations living and working beyond the capital cities. The program supports artist’s professional development, community capacity building and creative partnerships within and across artforms’ said Ms Fielding
In the current round projects in music, theatre, dance, drama, writing, visual arts, crafts, digital and screen media and community cultural development all received funding for projects commencing early 2016.
‘The Regional Arts Fund’s success is based on the active management of the Program through the network of regional arts organisations that make up Regional Arts Australia. These organisations have an in depth knowledge of the creative needs and aspirations of regional communities, ensuring that the benefits of the Program reach out to the broadest range of people and projects’, added Ms Fielding.
The 85 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: Emu Dreaming: Through a series of workshops with renowned dance artist Michael Leslie, young people from Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Laverton will work to contemporise a significant traditional cultural dance and song, for performance as part of the 2016 NAIDOC celebrations in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. This performance will join with the Punu Tjanpi Palyani (wood carving & basket weaving) people of the spinifex region of Tjuntjuntjarra. The local community will also have the opportunity to engage and participate in the creative workshops.
Qld: New Writers in the Region is a project that sees a skilled coordinator engage 30 isolated aspiring writers in a series of six developmental workshops led by industry professionals to raise their skills and confidence in publishing. Participants from Cardwell to the Torres Strait will join with the region’s writing community through the launch of their book and participation in the 2016 Cairns Tropical Writers Festival program.
TAS: "The Horse" is an installation and performance work for solo saxophone, violin, cello and electronics, incorporating sound theatre, musical sculpture and an online component. The project will be presented as part of the Next Wave Festival in Melbourne 2016.
VIC: Fabulous Beasts aims to investigate local lost and disappearing creatures, create an awareness of their existence, real or disputed, and explore the stories surrounding them. Using stop motion technique, silhouette, and a giant puppet created by local community members in partnership with regional artists, a series of virtual images will tantalize passing audiences with a brief sighting; a flash of tiger stripes through the trees, a bounding rare marsupial. A towering Ozenkadnook tiger will stalk the alleyways of Horsham.
NT: The Red Dirt Poetry Festival (RDPF) is a biennial three-day spoken word and poetry celebration in the heart of Australia. Bringing in poets from around the Territory with visiting Interstate poets, RDPF provides a platform for people to share their stories and learn new skills. The festival provides skills development opportunities as well as networking opportunities and the ability to perform at a festival level in Alice Springs.
SA: Maralinga Music: Yalata Community Band and community members will collaborate with singer/songwriter Johnny Lovett to create new songs for the Yalata Band and to translate to Pitjantjatjara language, the song "Maralinga" written by Johnny Lovett over 40 years ago.
NSW: 'Raconteurs' is a disability-inclusive skills development project traversing interdisciplinary art forms in the Northern Rivers region. It provides access to interactive workshops, new dance, theatre writing skills, devising physical theatre and performance. ‘Raconteurs’ is designed by Dance Integrated Australia for local youth, early career/ established artists and non-stereotyped performers from diverse cultural backgrounds.
To download the RAF Round 2 2015 Recipient List click here (PDF)
Media Contact: John Oster, Executive Director, Regional Arts Australia. firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 8959 6015 / 0408 302 873.
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. The Regional Arts Fund is administered on behalf of the Australian Government by Regional Arts Australia and its member organisations.
The funding targets activities that will have long term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities through the development of partnerships and cultural networks, by providing artists with professional development and employment opportunities, and by supporting arts and community development projects that provide local communities with the opportunity to participate in, and access cultural activities.