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RANSW | 2017 Regional Arts Fund Recipients Announced


A total of $434,050.30 will go towards supporting 22 new projects in regional, rural and remote New South Wales in 2017 through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.

CEO of Regional Arts NSW, Elizabeth Rogers said, “the quality and diversity of the applications clearly demonstrate a high level of creative and innovative arts practice in our regional communities with some terrific projects from Aboriginal organisations. Once again, there were far more applications than could be funded and I congratulate those who were successful.”

In NSW, the list of successful projects encompasses a broad spectrum of art forms including music, visual arts, dance and theatre. Communities across the state from Tibooburra and White Cliffs in the far west, to Coffs Harbour on the mid north coast and Goonengerry in northern NSW, will all benefit from this funding.

This year Regional Arts NSW introduced a new category to support small regional festivals to transition from a solely volunteer run event to a more professional footing.  Lanterns on the Lagoon and Sculptures in the Park, Tumut; Tamworth Aboriginal Cultural Showcase and Bellingen Music and Readers and Writers Festivals were all successful in this category.

RANSW looks forward to tracking this exciting journey of growth for each of the successful applicants in the 2017 Regional Arts Fund round.

Highlights from the funded projects include:

Bundjalung and Kunwinjku women’s cultural exchange and collaborative textile project – Wake Up Time Women, Wollongbar – This project facilitates the Wake up time Women (a regional Bundjalung women’s textile-arts collective), to participate in a cultural exchange and collaborative arts project with a group of Kunwinjku women textile artists, visiting from Injalak Arts, Oenpelli, NT.

Weereewa (the Meeting Place) – Mirramu residencies with Critical Path – Mirramu Creative Arts Centre – This two year program will support the development of connections between the local community around Lake George (Weereewa) and regional & international artists. Each year the partnership will undertake two residencies.

Activating Narrandera Arts Centre – Western Riverina Arts – Over 2017-18 Western Riverina Arts will contract eight skilled artists to curate high quality, diverse exhibitions at the newly opened Narrandera Arts Centre; activating the space and encouraging extended community engagement.  Artist talks and workshops will be conducted as a part of each exhibition, engaging local emerging artists and the broader community.

For media details please contact:

Prudence Tan
02 9270 2509

Click here for the full list of RAF recipients.