RAF Announcements


Funds totalling $850,934.00 for arts and cultural projects through the latest round of the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund have been announced today. The program supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia.

A total of 53 projects across rural, regional and remote Australia have been supported in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.  The projects will commence from 1 July 2017.

A particular strength of the fund is that it supports regional artists to produce work in and with their local communities and encourages partnerships and collaborations.  In this round there are a number of interesting cross-sector collaborations with health and science institutions, universities, local clubs and community events collaborating with artists to build arts components into their activities.

Visual Arts continues to be the frontrunner art form for projects, with twenty-five of the fifty-three projects having a visual arts focus. Within these projects there is a noticeable trend of First Nations artists and arts centres providing mentoring and career development through arts projects both within their communities and at larger festivals and events.

Regional Arts Australia President Kate Fielding highlighted important trends:

“The main thrust of this round is high quality art-making producing original works in the regions. The majority of funds will go towards arts projects where the outcome is to develop, produce, perform or exhibit work from regional Australia. This creation and presentation of high quality arts product in and for regional Australia is the strength of this fund and contributes significantly to the nation’s cultural identity.

Regional artists and arts workers embedded in communities to gather content for artistic output is a popular practice in these projects. This practice encourages content that is relevant to the community as well as a high quality arts outcome. It’s great to see artists and arts workers up-skilling local community members while producing a meaningful and relevant project with the community”.

The Fund continues to provide regional communities with activities that broaden engagement with the arts, and in this round we see a substantial 47% of the funding going towards projects where the general community is the main beneficiary, either as audience or active participants. First Nations artists and communities are also important beneficiaries of 20% of the funding announced.

For a full list of funded projects see 17_1 RAF Recipient List

Some outstanding examples of projects include:

KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns, Qld


Art and Dementia Program

Funding will support the implementation of an art and dementia program at KickArts Contemporary Arts.  The model for this project is a regional outreach version of the successful National Gallery of Australia program. The project will target people living with dementia in Cairns aged care facilities, providing support for their social inclusion and community participation through specifically designed gallery tours.


Gener8 Theatre, Mount Gambier, SA


Cold As Ice

Created by Gener8 Theatre, Cold as Ice is a new form of immersive storytelling incorporating Virtual Reality technology to explore the social issues around the use of methamphetamines.  This is the third stage of the work, which will see 11 artists coming together in an extensive creative development.


Coorong Suicide Prevention Network, Tailem Bend, SA


Long Story Short

With a focus on regional men, Arts Facilitator Mark Tompson will lead artists to create contemporary narratives that tell the region’s stories through site specific artworks, signage and digital pathways along the Mallee, Princess and Dukes Highways.


Constance ARI, Hobart, Tas


Welcome to the Anthropocene

Welcome to the Anthropocene is an exciting new collaboration between ARI Constance, The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Hobart, Tasmania. Three experimental artists will work with three leading scientists to explore themes relating to our changing planet. These explorations will conclude in a public discussion day and an exhibition of large-scale installation artworks at IMAS, Hobart in December 2017.


G.R.A.I.N. Inc. (Growing Rural Art in Nathalia), Nathalia, Vic.


WILD Flowers – Growing Regional Arts in Nathalia

WILD Flowers will be a broad ranging series of community development arts workshops, led by community artist Eliza-Jane Gilchrist who will engage with, mentor and learn from Nathalia Wildflower Group and local artists during an artist residency in Nathalia. The project will promote education about conservation through creative sculptural interpretation of local flora using recycled materials and will also enhance community engagement capacities of local artists and organisations.


Shire of Manjimup, Manjimup, WA


I'm a South West Exhibitionist

The Shire of Manjimup will provide local South West artists with a ten-month professional development project to provide practical tools and tangible promotion opportunities. The project aims to increase the income potential of the region’s artists and support sustainable and diverse creative career pathways. Paula Silbert will be engaged to run an intensive two-day workshop specifically tailored to up-skilling emerging, mid-career and established regional visual artists and craft practitioners. Participants work collaboratively with each other and a project mentor to build upon the skills learned by developing a series of exhibitions and pop-up installations showcasing their work.

For media comment please contact: Mary Jane Warfield, RAF Manager, Regional Arts Australia rafmanager@regionalarts.com.au      mob. 0419 557 721/ office. 08 8959 6016


Regional Arts Australia acknowledges the traditional Custodians of land throughout Australia and we pay our respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.