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Spotlight on regional galleries funding

With Museums and Galleries NSW

Here at Regional Arts NSW we think the work of regional galleries in NSW is pretty awesome, so we are thrilled to be supporting two regional galleries through our grants program in 2016.

Regional Arts NSW offers devolved funding through a series of grants to individuals and organisations. The CASP (Country Arts Support Program), is a pillar of community development and arts funding in the bush, and it was one of these CASP grants that New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) in Armidale has secured for 2016.

They will host a short residency for ACT-based letterpress artist Caren Florance at the Museum of Printing, a partner organisation to the art museum. Located underneath the gallery space at NERAM, the Museum of Printing is home to the Wimble &Co Collection and features printing presses, a Linotype machine, and wooden and metal moveable type dating back to the 1850s.

In this age of digital technologies, traditional printing processes are enjoying a renaissance with renewed interest in the handmade and the bespoke. With new uses for old technology drawing interest from near and far, the residency offers a letterpress workshop in partnership with the New England Writers Centre. There’ll also be a free illustrated talk on trends in international letterpress and printing museums, and a professional development activity for NERAM staff and volunteers. The program is due to kick off in April, keep an eye on the NERAM website for more details as they become available.

The second regional gallery that has shared in the Regional Arts funding spotlight is the Tamworth Regional Gallery. Also situated in the New England region, the gallery was awarded a Regional Arts Fund (RAF) grant for their Changing face of the Peel project.

This is an exhibition which will open in time for the 2017 country music festival, a big event in the region and one which attracts significant numbers of cultural tourists annually. Using augmented reality the artistic interpretation of six artists will be projected in exhibition spaces, online and at selected locations along the Peel River to illustrate how use of the river has changed over time and endures as part of the community’s shared identity.

It’s a good illustration of how integrated approaches to arts funding can result in unique programs in regional areas which appeal to wide audiences.  We were so excited about these great projects we shared the news with our office buddies Museums and Galleries NSW.  You can find out more about the galleries and cultural spaces of the New England North West, including current exhibitions, arts trails and events on the MGNSW Website.

The New England North West region of NSW is serviced by the Arts North West Regional Arts Board.  Arts North West supports the development of arts and culture regionally and is involved in the development of regional projects and initiatives.  Their vision is for a rich, diverse cultural landscape.

The Country Arts Support Program is a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts Boards on behalf of the NSW Government.

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional, remote and very remote Australia.