Regional Arts Fund Supports 13 New Projects Across NSW in 201819.12.2017
The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund will provide $316,550 to support 13 new projects in regional, rural and remote New South Wales in 2018. The list of successful projects encompasses a broad spectrum of art forms including music, theatre, screen, circus, visual arts and ephemeral, digital and public art. Communities across the state including Bathurst, Lismore, Coonamble, Tamworth, Walcha, Armidale, Manning Valley, Albury, the Mid North Coast, Bega and Coonabarabran will benefit from this funding.
“The demand for the RAF continues to be very high in NSW and there are so many great projects that are unable to be funded” Elizabeth Rogers, CEO of Regional Arts NSW said. “This round received 50 applications and was very competitive due to the extremely high standard of the applications. It was great to see such a diverse range of projects from regional communities from all parts of the state,” she added.
Examples of projects funded include:
- Four Echoes of the Heartbeat – Stonewave Taiko and Djaadjawan Dance Group Collaboration
Four Echoes of the Heartbeat is a collaborative artistic development between two ancient, yet contemporary, art forms; the Taiko drumming of Stonewave Taiko and the Indigenous dance of the Djaadjawan Dance Group. Through a partnership of sharing story, culture, country and spirit, powerful rhythms and evocative music will meet entrancing enigmatic movement to create a unique experience in Bega.
- The Climbing Tree – Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
The Climbing Tree is a play about young people across the centuries in Bathurst, and how the ghosts of the past remain present. While the things that young people worry about today may be vastly different from settlement days, in many ways, things remain the same. This project has been in three years of development with playwright Rachael Coopes and composer Guy Webster in collaboration with Australian Theatre for Young People and extensive work with young people in Bathurst. This funding will support the final creative development, rehearsals and public performances of the play.
- NORPA Makers Hub – Northern Rivers Performing Arts Inc.
This project is a two year program to nurture and extend the skills and understanding of dance and physical practice for theatre practitioners in the Northern Rivers. The program will explore the intersection of dance and theatre. Through a partnership with Critical Path, NORPA can develop as a regional Makers Hub, attracting national and international practitioners that develop, inform and challenge NORPA and local artists’ practice. Through fostering innovation and artistic practice the project will build on the vibrancy of creative development, grow the local artistic pool and provide opportunities for employment and new work.
- Living Arts & Culture – Outback Arts Inc.
Living Arts & Culture engages the talent of Aboriginal photographer Mervyn Bishop as he captures the portraits of Elders and artists in Far West NSW. Professional archivist Shari Letts will work with Mervyn to record the contemporary life of the participants, telling their stories, their art-making practice, and their struggles and triumphs as contemporary Aboriginal people keeping culture alive in outback NSW. The project will produce an exhibition and publication that records the stories of regional Aboriginal Elders and artists living in the Far West communities of Cobar, Bourke, Warren, Coonamble, Walgett and Lightning Ridge.
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program administered by Regional Arts Australia and Regional Arts NSW that supports sustainable, cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. The funding is targeted at activities that will have long term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and the community through the development of partnerships and cultural networks, by providing artists with professional development and employment opportunities, and by supporting arts and community development.
Read the full list of recipients here.