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The 2015 Regional Arts Fund (RAF) for applications for arts projects that will be taking place next year is closing Thursday, 14 August. 

In 2014, Heaps Decent was successful in gaining RAF funding for the True West project to continue working with students from Broken Hill High School, Menindee Central and St Therese Community School in Wilcannia in a creative development partnership exploring music and digital visual media.

Two more sessions with the schools are scheduled, but the project is already a hit with students and creating work that just might be a hit as well.

Heaps Decent manager, Nerida Wood reports on the project’s progress.

Outback outback where the dirt is red

Slide down the mud in the riverbed

Heaps Decent is halfway through the True West Sessions project being undertaken with children and young people at schools in Menindee, Broken Hill and Wilcannia. To date two week-long visits have been made by the artist team, undertaking a loop of more than 600km through the Central Darling Shire and desert surrounds to work with over 100 students aged from five to 15.

In project activities young people are exploring their relationship with their local environments and life in their communities through electronic music and visual mediums. The resulting material is an incredibly eclectic mix: songs that reflect young people’s unique perspectives and experiences in the outer west of NSW, and vivid images in drawing, collage and photography full of local colour. Putting pen to paper, there has been no stopping these storytellers, who have written an impressive collection of 22 songs already. Together they are a unique snapshot of daily life, drawing on themes that range from the endless skies and dry heat, to the drudgery of long days at school and the favourite hours before dark swimming in the local river, fishing, riding bikes and hanging at the park:

Chilling with friends is what life’s about

The songs are full of humour, but there are several epic tracks dedicated to the intense local footy comp and respective skills of the Wilcannia Boomers, Menindee Yabbies and Broken Hill Saints:

Boomers in the game, Boomers on the beat

On the field and track we’re bringing the heat

At half time we’re winning the league

Yabbies on the menu, it’s time to feed

If you’re an Eagle watch your step

Cause it’s a fact, Boomers are the best!

We’re looking forward to two more trips scheduled for 2014 next month and in December and engaging the creativity of  participants as they build further skills and confidence in making their own music, recording, exploring visual media and sharing more windows on their world.

Regional Arts Fund Details

Assistance available for this category will be from a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $30,000. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on 14 August 2014.

Applications for funding for projects from the Regional Arts Fund close on August 14. With one in three Australians living in rural and remote parts of Australia the fund supports sustainable cultural development in these communities.

Funding is targeted at activities that will have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities by:

Last year, 20 projects were successfully funded by the RAF, with $381,291 going to projects throughout the state. One in three Australians live in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia, and the RAF supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in NSW.

To assist you with your application, please read the Regional Arts NSW Grant Writing Guide –


Applications Close: Thursday 14 August 2014

All necessary information, including guidelines and criteria, is included in the application pack. For more information, or to download the application pack, go to

To discuss your application, call Ben Sibson, Funding Manager, on 9270 2502, or email