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CASP 2020: Interview with the Spiral Gallery Co-Operative Limited (Bega)

The Country Arts and Support Program (CASP) is an annual small grants program administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW, to support community arts and cultural development in regional NSW.

As we approach the opening date for CASP 2020 applications, we talk to previous CASP recipients to see how these small grants benefited their projects and communities at large.

Applications for CASP 2020 open at 12pm on Friday 24 May. Prospective applicants must get in touch with their RADO before applying.


Spiral Gallery Co-Operative Limited (CASP 2018, $3,000)

Please provide a brief bio for Spiral Gallery Co-Operative Limited

Spiral Gallery Co-operative Limited is a not for profit artists-run cooperative established in 1997. The Gallery caters to a broad range of artists including painters, sculptors, glass artists, gold and silversmiths, textile artist, printers, photographers, mixed media and installation artists living within the Bega Valley and beyond. The gallery offers the chance to use and share a professional exhibition space as well as to connect, exchange artistic dialogue and informal mentoring.

​Spiral Gallery plays a major role in the community by promoting and supporting arts practice in the Bega Valley region; offering opportunities for both established and emerging artists to exhibit and sell their work. The gallery promotes contemporary and innovative art practice through its frequently changing exhibition program.  The gallery hosts solo shows, community group shows and exhibitions by the spiral artists themselves.

Tell us more about the project for which you received CASP funding.

Identity – Place will explore responses to the Tarraganda, Vimy Ridge, Tathra wild fires and the surrounding country, as they now begin to recover.  Local artists will explore their stories about the March fires, and their sense of place and identity. The project offers artists an opportunity to explore: the central importance of home, the fragility of the environment, the hidden strengths within a community, the efforts to re-build a home and a township, and to restore the landscape after such a devastating event. Workshops will be run June- September with an exhibition held in November.

How did receiving CASP funding benefit you/your project? Were there any longer term benefits?

It is a chance to work collaboratively with local artists and community members.

Any advice for future applicants?

Our advice is start with a clear creative idea – make sure it work collaboratively with other organisations to make your community a vibrant and exciting place to live and be creative.

For guidelines and more info, visit our CASP page.