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NSW Government Targets Support for 80 Country Arts Projects

Artists and arts and cultural organisations across regional NSW will share in more than $245,000 as part of a State Government funding program of short-term, locally initiated arts projects.

The Country Arts Support Program bolsters community spirit throughout the state by encouraging people to create and experience local art projects.

Arts NSW Executive Director Michael Brealey said the projects include circus and dance workshops, young filmmaker mentorships, an aged care residents choir, photography classes, Aboriginal cultural showcases and an outdoor opera.

“The variety and quality of the proposed works clearly demonstrates the incredible wealth of artistic talent that resides in regional NSW,” said Mr Brealey.

“Supporting arts and culture in regional NSW is a priority under the Government’s Create in NSW 10-year policy framework, which guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector.”

The Country Arts Support Program is administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Arts NSW. CEO, Elizabeth Rogers says, “We love the CASP as the local arts projects it funds includes all corners of the state. Small rural towns and villages can access this program.”

The funding provided under Arts NSW’s Arts and Cultural Development Program, which will provide more than $52 million to support artists and arts organisations across the state in 2016/17.



2 Rivers Pty Ltd: $1,600 to bring community members together to experience different craft activities in Ashford. Workshops will be held over six weeks and facilitated by experienced artists.

Albury High School Parents and Citizens Association: $2,000 for a series of artworks developed by Albury High School Alumni Emily Wood to interpret the 100 year history of Albury.

Albury West Public School P and C Inc: $3,700 for workshops tailored to teachers and students to create digital stories using mobile devices. Balranald Inc: $2,560 to deliver workshops to train community members on how to preserve historical documents, photographs, film and data relating to the community and its surrounds.

Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce: $2,100 to work with local Aboriginal artist, Noel Butler, and four local primary schools to develop street murals that highlight the cultural heritage of the local river, mountains and sea.

Bathurst Child and Family Network: $2,141 for workshops led by local Wiradjuri artists. Children participating in the workshops will produce artworks illustrating the story of the platypus. Artworks will then be developed into electronic posters to be displayed throughout the community.

Bathurst Theatre Company Inc: $3,000 to develop a community based project to introduce theatre and performance to local children aged 2-6 years old. Interactive performances will include songs, stories and short plays.

Bermagui Youth Music: $3,000 to deliver a six week course, in conjunction with the Bega Valley Library, introducing disadvantaged and at risk young people to music technology, composition and instrumentation.

Bland Shire Council: $4,000 to commission an artist to develop large scale murals on the silos situated in the Weethalle community.

Broken Hill Potters Society Inc: $4,535 to teach members of the Society how to construct and fire a soda kiln and learn the many different aspects of the clay, glazing and firing.

Broken Hill Repertory Society Inc: $5,000 to engage facilitators from the Short and Sweet Festival to come to Broken Hill and conduct two weekends of workshops. The sessions will cover play writing, directing and acting with a series of plays produced and performed based as a result of the workshops.

Burren Junction Public School P&C Association: $4,839 for circus and dance workshops for the children of Burren Junction and surrounding schools, culminating in a school and community production in 2017.

Byron Youth Theatre: $5,000 to create an original performance and workshop focusing on the complex issues of suicide through research, consultation, training and interviews. The production will be toured to local high schools in the region and public performances provided for the community.

Cessnock City Library and Kurri Kurri Branch Library: $3,500 to bring young adult fiction author, Jack Heath, to the Cessnock area to speak to local schools. The project will engage students in reading and include creative writing workshops.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Inc: $3,500 to create an art installation at Cessnock Regional Gallery. Digital animations and acrylic screens will be used to explore the ideas of Quantum Physics.

Cobar Arts Council: $1,400 to present a classical piano recital by Roman Rudnytsky. Roman will also present an interactive performance of classical and modern music for the students of Cobar High School.

Cobar Shire Council: $5,000 to deliver a series of afternoon craft, art and creative workshops for the Cobar community. Led by local artists, the workshops will include leatherwork, calligraphy, painting, drawing and music.

Coffs Harbour Arts Council Inc: $3,000 for an Afrekete Afro-Cuban Summer Dance & Music Camp celebrating Cuban culture through song, dance and music workshops in January 2017.

Coonamble Arts Alive Society Inc: $820 for an overnight workshop to learn about night photography, painting with light, star trails, sunrise and sunset camera settings.

Cootamundra Creative Arts Inc: $4,600 to deliver a series of technical workshops on performing arts productions, event management and special effects.

Deniliquin Club Ltd Ukulele Committee: $3,000 to bring a highly experienced ukulele act to Deniliquin Uke Muster Festival 2017.

Deniliquin Creative Writers Inc: $1,000 to deliver writing workshops with Gwen Potter. The workshops will support local writers develop skills in the editing process and writing stories to a professional standard.

Dungog Arts Foundation: $2,960 for Dungog Festival screen writing workshops. The workshops will encourage adults and young adults to develop storytelling skills and create a short script that could be developed for the screen.

Edward River Art Society: $3,670 for sculpture workshops led by Lucy McEachern in Deniliquin. Participants will have the opportunity to master the art of wax based clay sculpting.

Federation Council: $5,000 to produce a large movable indoor/outdoor art exhibition with young people aged 14-16 years old in Corowa.

Footprint Theatre Inc: $3,000 to coordinate a mentored film shoot with industry professionals in the Bega Valley. The project will support young filmmakers in the next stage of their career.

Forbes Town and District Band: $3,000 to commission composer Tim Ferrier to write a song for the Band based on an event or person in Forbes’ history. The song will be premiered at the 2017 Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival.

Friends of the Western Plains Cultural Centre Inc: $2,141 to deliver the Artist Encounters program with the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo. The program encourages interaction between the audience, the artist’s studio and exhibition space as artworks are created.

Gloucester Arts & Cultural Council Inc: $2,650 to present a series of visual arts workshops facilitated by local artists in Gloucester art venues. GoCo Community Care – Gunnedah Shire Council: $2,000 to support a disability inclusive group to participate in a four week pottery workshop series.

Goulburn Liedertafel Inc: $4,150 for a collaboration between the Lieder Theatre Company and local Goulburn Aboriginal community to develop a theatre work to be presented September 2017.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council-Goulburn Leisure Link: $3,051 for a choir featuring people with disability to work with a music therapist and develop a performance for the 2017 International Day of People with Disability.

Greater Hume Shire Council: $1,540 to provide members of the Greater Hume Shire community with the opportunity to partake in two creative eco-friendly workshops – Bonsai Trees and Jewellery Making at the Henty Library. The project will be held in partnership with Henty Active Arts.

Griffith Pioneer Park Museum: $1,431 for Griffith Pioneer Park Museum’s Action Day, an arts program that delivers a variety of workshops and activities to assist beginners in print, photography and sand sculpting.

Heart and Soul Foundation: $3,000 for a ten week arts program offered to women who have been through trauma, violence or are suffering from mental health issues.

integratedliving Limited: $3,000 for St Joseph High School Students and people with disability to participate in a week long African drumming workshop culminating in a concert.

Kempsey District Silver Band: $3,000 to provide a place for people to buy, swap or sell musical instruments, hear local musicians and bands and attend a variety of music workshops.

Kyogle and District Arts Council Inc: $2,141 to run workshops in knitting and crochet alongside sessions in writing and poetry. Knitted works will be installed in the Kyogle Main Street.

Lakeside Festival Incorporated: $3,000 for a festival that showcases local musicians, artists, food and produce in Tuncurry.

Lanterns on the Lagoon: $2,000 for a two day workshop that will create an outdoor live, audio-visual video projection performance as a part of the Lanterns on the Lagoon Festival in Tumut in September 2017.

Larnangurag Aboriginal Corporation: $3,400 for Aboriginal women in Deniliquin to run ‘Connection to Country’ workshops. The sessions aim to strengthen cultural well-being through practicing traditional Wemba- Wemba songs in language, campfire cooking with bush tucker, traditional stories, poetry, art, basket weaving and sharing of local Aboriginal history.

Lutheran Aged Care: $1,900 for a music project with the residents of Lutheran Aged Care, students from Albury West School and clients of Murray Valley Centre. The participants will form an all abilities/intergenerational choir, performing across all three facilities at end of the year.

Marra Creek Recreation Reserve Trust: $5,000 to deliver a three day millinery course led by Waltraud Reiner. The hat making course will be open to all community members of the Marra with an option to attend part or all of the sessions.

Massive Music: $3,000 for partnership between Music NSW and Massive Music’s Lust for Live in Dubbo to provide facilitated digital marketing skills workshops for regional musicians. Musicians will then apply these skills to promote, coordinate and deliver an out of-town show in Mudgee.

Mehi Gallery and Studio, Moree: $3,000 to design, develop and compile a Kamilaroi inspired colouring book with the Aboriginal community. Emerging Aboriginal artists will design, produce and select a range of culturally significant designs to be featured in the colouring book.

Millthorpe Arts Collective: $3,000 to engage artists from the local Millthorpe community and surrounding villages in a range of creative workshops about the future of the region.

Milton Follies Inc: $4,500 for a workshop with National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) for young people. The focus of this workshop would be acting, character development and auditions. The workshop is planned for the 2017 January school holidays and is to be hosted locally in Milton.

Mudgee Men’s Shed: $3,000 to run workshops that assist group members to broaden their knowledge and capability in photography.

Mudgee Readers’ Festival Inc: $3,000 to deliver a series of workshops aimed at high school students creating their own magazine. The workshop will feature local artists from the Orana Region and beyond.

Murray River Council: $3,500 to engage an artist to work with the community to paint a mural in the Moama Community Garden. The project will see garden users, including children and people with disability; work with the artist to help paint the mural.

Murrurundi Public School Parents and Citizens Association Inc: $1,900 to engage visiting artists from Young Australia Workshop to deliver three separate programs throughout 2017 including the science of sound, hip hop and puppet theatre.

Narooma High School P and C: $3,000 to deliver a series of drama workshops for school children focusing on acting skills and ensemble building. A performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be held in the Tilba Hall in early 2017.

Narrabri & District Community Aid Service Inc: $1,481 to run print making and mixed media workshops to engage the Narrabri community in the visual arts.

Narrandera Arts & Creative Network Inc: $3,000 for a project with artist Kelly Milton, Aboriginal students from Narrandera High School and their teachers to develop a visual art work which will be located in the school grounds.

Narrandera Arts & Creative Network Inc: $2,000 for a two day creative writing workshop suitable for all writing skill levels and conducted by Ron Pretty, an experienced teacher and author.

Narrandera Arts & Creative Network Inc: $1,300 for writing workshops led by children’s author Caroline Touhey.

New England Bach Festival Inc: $3,000 for a one day community art festival in Armidale combining music, visual arts and theatre.

New England Writers’ Centre Inc: $2,950 for a weekend of crime writing in Armidale which will include library talks and writing workshops and the official launch of the fifth annual Thunderbolt Crime Writing Award.

Northern Rivers Community Gallery: $5,000 for a visual arts program engaging people living in aged care facilities that come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The program will be facilitated by practicing artists within the Gallery environment providing participants with an opportunity to socialise, develop skills and an appreciation of arts and culture.

Port Stephens Council: $4,000 to commission a mural to form part of an art walk from the Nelson Bay CBD to the waterfront.

Public Act Theatre: $5,000 to develop a series of workshops and a play devised by a diverse group of people who have experienced social disadvantage. The play will be performed at the Byron Community Centre for the general public alongside a forum about social issues in the community.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council: $4,960 for Queanbeyan students to create a symbol depicting a future free from violence. The design will be workshopped into a public art mosaic.

Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten: $3,000 for artist Madelynne Cornish to introduce preschool children to new ways of engaging with the environment through soundscape exploration.

Rotary Club of Great Lakes: $3,000 for Opera by the Lake featuring Voci Stupendi and String Musicians Australia. The opera will take place Wallis Lake at John Wright Park, Tuncurry on the 4 March 2017.

Savernake School of Arts Reserve Trust: $3,000 for The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez which brings together international performers for a stage production at the Savernake School of Arts Hall on 9 August 2017. The stage event will be based on the historical performances of burlesque dancer Lola Montez.

Singleton Library: $1,200 for Catapult Dance to conduct four dance workshops for people with an intellectual disability at the Singleton Library during 2017, with an end of year performance.

Stonewave Taiko: $3,000 for a four day instruction and training intensive in taiko drumming in Bega for group members. The intensive will also include two beginner workshops for the general public and a public showing.

Stuart Town Advancement Association Incorporated: $3,000 for the annual Man from Ironbark Festival on Easter Saturday 2017. Funds will support the festival to engage a professional poet, street performers and musicians.

Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council: $1,700 for an Aboriginal Artist-in-Residence at the 2017 Aboriginal Cultural Showcase; a five-day program of Aboriginal arts and cultural activities that runs annually as part of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

The Cad Factory: $3,000 for an exhibition featuring the work of 23 female Riverina artists curated by Julie Montgarrett (Charles Sturt University) and Sarah McEwan (The Cad Factory). Each artist will develop new work, which will be exhibited at the HR Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga and the Narrandera Arts Centre.

The Rock Town Hall and Museum: $4,500 for the development of a soundscape artwork which aims to capture the essence of life at The Rock. This is a collaborative community project which involves a short term residency by sound artist Vic McEwan of the CAD Factory.

The Rotary Club of Parkes Inc: $3,000 to construct a new peace precinct and art installation. The installation will consist of a carved sculpture by Aboriginal artists Scott Towney and Scott Turnbull. Local artist Sean Cassidy will coordinate the installation.

Upper Hunter Community Services Inc: $2,431 to engage a local Aboriginal artist to work with a Vacation Care group and create a mural. Cultural experiences will be shared over a three day event with a BBQ celebration at the completion of the mural.

Upper Hunter Youth Council: $3,000 to deliver a two day workshop engaging young people in the visual arts, with participation from a wide range of schools across the region.

Weddin Shire Council: $3,000 for visual arts and literature workshops over two days in Grenfell to celebrate Henry Lawson’s 150th birthday. Westhaven Association: $3,000 for an art project about the individual lives of people with disabilities.

White Cliffs Music Festival Inc: $4,975 to engage a five piece bluegrass band who will conduct workshops at the White Cliffs Music Festival in 2017. The workshops will engage with various instruments including mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo and upright bass.

Wollondilly Shire Council: $4980 to support the creation of new works by Aboriginal Artists from the Dharawal Nation. The project will feature eight workshops led by renowned Aboriginal artist Garry Jones to be held in Picton in early 2017.

Young Theatre Company : $2,041 for a partnership with The Street Theatre Canberra to deliver directing, theatre-making and theatre workshops for adults and children in Young.

Youth for Global Peace Inc: $3,000 for an African Music & Culture day in Cooma in February 2017. The aim is to address cultural understanding, reduce racist attitudes of rural communities and encourage new arrivals, including refugees, to settle in the region.