RAF Announcements

$604,352 in funding for 58 arts and culture projects in regional and remote communities

A total of 58 projects in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland have been supported to enhance the social, economic and cultural life of regional and remote Australia.   

Funds totalling $604,352 have been awarded for the March 2016 round of the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund. Projects will begin from 1 July 2016.

There is a strong focus in this round on supporting the professional career development of regional and remote artists. Over a quarter of the project funding in this round will go towards projects in which arts workers are the primary beneficiary.

Children and youth also feature prominently. A quarter of the projects have beneficiaries working with and on behalf of young people.

Regional Arts Australia Chair, Kate Fielding indicated her support for the significant role arts and culture play in attracting and retaining people in regional locations, and in building resilient and vibrant regional communities.

“I am delighted to see such a strong array of arts projects which demonstrate the vibrancy of the regional arts sector. In many ways these projects represent an investment in the future for people in our regional centres, our towns and our communities. They support the cultural development of our young people. They also support a cohort of professional artworkers who have committed their arts practice to work in regional Australia. These are important building blocks for sustainable communities”, said Ms Fielding.

Key projects include:

Qld: Illuminate Cairns Projection Festival

The Festival will provide new and innovative ways of displaying works of local visual artists by projecting the works onto buildings in the Cairns CBD. The Illumination Trail will be created to encourage the audience to explore the CBD, looking at the different sights while following a map that includes information on the artists and the history of the heritage buildings. The event will involve visually stimulating patterns, photography, live vision mixing, immersive projection spaces in alley ways and indoor locations.


WA: Micro Macro Country

Community arts initiatives Camera Story, The Ownership Project and printing professional Peter Hatzipavlis, from the Photographic Studies College will visit Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre to collaborate in a three-stage creative program. The program will develop and extend the technical skills and artistic ideas of Mowanjum artists and artsworkers in the areas of photography, inkjet printing and printmaking. The artists will see their work develop and transform through the different creative mediums, responding to the theme of microscopic and macroscopic interpretations of the Kimberley region.


SA: #youth

No Strings Attached and Riverland Youth Theatre will bring concepts of youth to light through an in depth creative process of discovery from which will emerge a bold and electric performance piece on #youth. Contributors to the project will be multi-generational, with and without a disability that will lead to a range of public performance outcomes.


Vic: Carnival Electro Live

This project will bring together emerging artists and young adult audiences from the Central Goldfields area to celebrate the diversity of sub-cultures in their region. Artists and athletes will be mentored by professional artists for the creation of two major interactive events combining live arts, digital arts, and sonics. The carnivalesque nights mix contemporary electronica with VJing, acrobatics, choreography, installations and live performance to build two public events based on the themes of Vertigo and Phobia.


Tas: Transition Youth Arts

This comprehensive program is designed to provide high quality performing arts and media opportunities to young people in the Clarence Plains region. This project will bring together Transistor Youth Arts, Rokeby High School, Rosny College, and the Clarence Youth Services to create a program that overcomes regional and cultural barriers to access and equity through the provision of workshops, performance opportunities and collaborations. 


A full list of recipients: 160627 RAF Round 1 2016 National Recipient List


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.