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Regional Arts Fund Delivers 21 Major New Projects in NSW

Minister for the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield, has announced a total of $402,156 will go towards 21 new projects in regional, rural and remote New South Wales in 2016 through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.

The funding is part of $1.2 million allocated for 85 arts and cultural projects across regional and remote Australia through the fund.

Minister Fifield said the funding would provide opportunities for regional artists and arts workers to exercise and grow their creative practice through engagement with established and new local arts audiences.

‘The Australian Government is committed to providing access to high quality arts and cultural experiences for all Australians and through the Regional Arts Fund, these projects will provide local communities with an opportunity to participate in, and access arts and cultural activities across Australia,’ Minister Fifield said.

In NSW, the list of successful projects encompasses a broad spectrum of art forms including music, visual arts, circus skills, dance and theatre. Communities across the state from Bega Valley in the south and Hay in the west to Lismore in the north will all benefit from this funding.

CEO of Regional Arts NSW, Elizabeth Rogers said this year the organisation received a significant increase with 73 applications received and over $1.5 million requested as compared to 54 applications last year.

‘This round of the Regional Arts Fund was particularly competitive due to the extremely high standard of many applications,’ Ms Rogers said.

‘The increase in interest in the Regional Arts Fund illustrates the importance of the Regional Arts Fund to regional communities and the range and depth of arts and cultural projects and initiatives happening in regional NSW.

‘There were 21 successful applicants, four of which had applied to the fund for the first time. We’ve seen an interesting rise in digital and new media projects, a diverse mix of multimedia projects as well as a continued focus on Aboriginal projects.’

Included in the funded projects are:

A full list of the funded projects is available here.