Regional Arts Fund Supports 18 New Projects Across NSW in 201913.12.2018
The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund (RAF) will provide $402,765.50 to support 18 new projects in regional, rural and remote New South Wales in 2019.
The list of successful projects encompasses a broad spectrum of artforms including performance, literature, music, theatre, dance, screen, digital arts and cross-artform initiatives. This round of the Regional Arts Fund also included the Small Regional Festivals Support stream, which saw three volunteer-run festivals (Byron Harmony Day, Akoostic Festival and the Kari-Lachlan River Arts Festival) awarded funds to employ a part-time arts worker to manage the festival. Communities across the state including Wallabadah, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Wingham, Bermagui, Bathurst, Narrandera will benefit from this funding.
“Regional NSW is a diverse creative landscape, and it is fantastic to see that the Regional Arts Fund continues to attract projects of excellence throughout the state”, Elizabeth Rogers, CEO of Regional Arts NSW said.
“This highly competitive round demonstrates the importance of the Regional Arts Fund to so many NSW communities, and I am particularly looking forward to seeing the Akoostic Festival, Byron Harmony Day and Kari-Lachlan River Arts Festivals build their capacity as sustainable regional events through the support of this year’s Small Regional Festivals Support stream”, she added.
Examples of projects funded include:
- Miyay Miyay: A Creative Collaboration – Arts North West
Miyay Miyay: A Creative Collaboration is a two-year project comprising of the development and tour of a performing arts piece based on the Gamilaroi version of ‘Miyay Miyay’, the ‘Seven Sisters’ songline, and is inspired by Country and the landscape of the New England North West. Central to the project will be an artistic collaboration between two key Gamilaroi artists – writer Cathy Craigie, and dancer Katie Leslie.
- Back in the Big Top – Flying Fruit Fly Circus
Back in the Big Top is a partnership between Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Albury City and Circus Oz. The project will culminate in an original contemporary circus work to celebrate 40 years of a uniquely maverick creative spirit, evoking the early days whilst looking to the future of contemporary circus in Australia. This new show will receive a premiere big top season in Albury during 2019, ensuring that this is a regional and community-based celebration while also garnering national interest. Back in the Big Top will be the first major work directed by the Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ new Artistic Director, Anni Davey.
- Halfway Print Fest – Salad Days
Halfway Print Fest, established by Salad Days in 2017, is a celebration of independent publishing held in Wagga Wagga. Following the success of the first event in 2018, Salad Days will work towards an expanded program for 2019. In the lead-up to Halfway Print Fest 2019, Salad Days will host a ‘Mobile DIY Lab’ with local organisations, with the aim to both introduce the accessible art of zine-making to the community, and invite local groups to share their stories. In addition to the ‘Mobile DIY Lab’, the festival day (March 9, 2019) will include stalls, demonstrations, workshops and forums led by local and visiting artists.
- Small Regional Festivals Support – Akoostic Festival
The funding will allow the Akoostic Festival Committee to appoint a professional arts worker to provide mentorship, relevant knowledge and key contacts to the current Volunteer Coordinator. The employment of an arts worker will enhance the festival’s capacity to create a wide impact, and ensure the longevity of the event for the benefit of the community and regional tourism. After 12 years of developing the event locally and regionally, a paid experienced arts worker will provide the Akoostic Festival with the opportunity for new future directions and a more sustainable future.
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.