2021 Regional Assembly Program


Regional Assembly is artist led, informed by practice, unique in process (co-designed) and relevant to the future creative sector.

The assembly is designed to build artistic communities across geographic distances when living and working remotely is coupled with a desire to nurture and develop international connections. In addition to the three co-design artists, seven mid career artists who live in regional Australia, South Pacific and South Asia will be selected through an open EOI process.

The Program

Regional Arts Australia’s guiding principle is that place is central to creative practice and provides profound practical and emotional links between the economies and synergies of artistic and cultural practice. Themes around place-based adaptive approaches and local knowledge, growing stronger connections and dialogue about creative practice from *here* have been discussed in the various planning conversations.

As we all move more into online spaces the assembly will consider the 'internet space’ as a means for locating-practices. Peer-to-peer support is vital as we continue to navigate recovery from Covid-19, and what were once considered alternate delivery models are now accepted practice. Harnessing the digital space allows RAA to demonstrate best practice, embracing a more sustained, grounded and technologically adept way of working nationally and internationally with a radically lower carbon footprint.

This nationally significant project presents the opportunity to connect professionally with peers from a wide range of arts practices. RAA is committed to broadening our regional horizon across the Asia-Pacific region.

We are looking to support one artist from each state and territory, plus practitioners from NZ, South Pacific and South Asia. The cohort will be made up of artists, writers and makers from a wide diversity of fields, working at the crossroads of philosophy, art, and activism.

Artists will be contracted for a one year program.

Timing

Opening date: 9.00am (AEDT) Monday 1st February 2021

Closing date: 5.00pm (AEDT) Monday 8th March 2021

Regional Assembly: May 2021 - May 2022

All acquittals must be completed by 30 June 2022.

Program Guidelines

It is essential that all applicants read and understand the Program Guidelines. This document contains information on eligibility and further details about the program please download the guidelines document.

Information Sessions

Regional Arts Australia will run online information sessions for the National Regional Arts Fellowship and the Regional Assembly on the following dates/ times:

Thursday 11th February 11.30am AEDT - Please register here.

Tuesday 23rd February 5.30pm AEDT - Please register here.

Private appointments

Individuals can make an appointment to speak with the Regional Arts Fund Manager between 16th-18th February 2021, using an online booking system: https://regionalartsaustralia.youcanbook.me

Appointments will be limited to 30 minutes, over the phone.

Applicants seeking an appointment should ensure they have read the Program Guidelines before making an appointment.

How to apply

All applications are to be submitted online using the SmartyGrants system. Applicants who require support to access the online application process should contact the Regional Arts Fund Manager (contact details below).


The Regional Assembly program is part of the 2021 Strategic Program supported through the Regional Arts Fund.

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government Program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia.

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