Regional Arts Australia has announced the seven National RAA Award winners for 2012, including Forbes writer and cultural development practitioner Merrill Findlay, who has won the award for New South Wales. Merrill Findlay conceived and developed the inaugural 2011 Kalari-Lachlan Arts Festival held in Forbes. She was nominated for this award by her community, who praised her for her hard work, vision, creativity, inclusiveness and community spirit. The recipients of the seven state awards will be presented at the RAA National Conference Kumuwuki / Big Wave in Goolwa South Australia on Sunday 21 October 2012. To find out more, click here. Read more
NSW Minister for the Arts the Hon Simon Crean yesterday (1 August) announced a new institution to drum up more private support for the arts would launch by July 2013. The Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and Australia Council’s Artsupport Australia program will merge to create the new institution promoting philanthropy. Both the Australia Council and media agency owner and philanthropist Harold Mitchell in recent reviews have recommended a single body be established to drive private giving. Crean said: “It will join the dots between facilitating private giving and philanthropy, encouraging sponsorship and corporate giving, building partnerships between artists, business and private donors, and recognising the contribution of philanthropists and the business sector in supporting the arts.” Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer AM and AbaF Chair Terry Campbell AO will form part of a steering committee establishing the new body over the next 11 months. Campbell will continue as AbaF chair until 30 June, 2013. In the 2012–13 budget the Government allocated $3.2 million over two years supporting the continuation of AbaF and its amalgamation with the Australia Council’s Artsupport program. Further details available here. Read more
Applications for the 2013 round of Regional Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program (CASP) are now open. The CASP provides small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional NSW for short term, locally initiated arts projects. Grants of up to $3,000 are available to groups and organisations based in regional NSW for projects occurring between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013. The outcome of applications will be advised on 30 November 2012. The Country Arts Support Program is devolved to Regional Arts NSW by the NSW Government through Arts NSW. Visit the CASP page on our website for further details about the grant. Read more
Regional Arts NSW is pleased to announce seven new projects funded in the January to March 2012 quarter of the Quick Response grant program. The Quick Response Grants once again assisted regional artists and cultural workers to develop invaluable skills for their work in regional communities through engagement in various professional development opportunities. Artforms represented this quarter included dance, craft, music, performance and visual arts. Funds assisted artists across the state from Bega in the south to Byron Bay in the north. The Quick Response Grants program provides assistance for regional NSW artists, arts organisations and communities to take advantage of professional and project development opportunities that present themselves at short notice. The funds are provided through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund which is administered by Regional Arts NSW in New South Wales. Read the full list of recipients here. Read more
Congratulations to all our RABs that received federal funding for Indigenous arts, culture, and language programs in 2012–13 from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport:
South East Arts received $30,000 to celebrate the Aboriginal history of the Moruya region and engage the broader community.
Arts North West received $60,000 to employ an Aboriginal Officer to address the cultural and artistic needs of Aboriginal artists in the North West region of NSW.
Outback Arts received $30,000 to engage an Indigenous Art and Culture Development Officer to conduct art and culture activities in Walgett; $5,400 to improve the Outback Arts Indigenous website to better promote local heritage and culture, and assist artists in promoting their art; and $70,000 to employ five Regional Indigenous Cultural Development Officers to promote and support Aboriginal art and culture in western NSW.
West Darling Arts received $30,000 to maintain a sustainable arts and culture group that provides opportunities and support to Indigenous people in Wilcannia NSW.
Arts Northern Rivers received $88,000 to employ an Indigenous Arts Officer to develop a vibrant Indigenous visual arts and crafts industry in the Northern Rivers region of NSW; and $30,500 to carry out the Bundjalung project for research into traditional mark-making and symbols relevant to Indigenous visual arts in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
Arts Out West received $79,900 to support and strengthen the Indigenous visual art and crafts industry in the Central West and Orana regions of NSW. Read more
Regional Arts NSW Funding Manager, Ben Sibson, in May visited Southern Tablelands Arts, South West Arts, Arts North West, Eastern Riverina Arts, Arts Mid-North Coast and Murray Arts to deliver arts funding workshops. Read more01.07.2012
Dates for the Regional Arts Fund for 2013 have been delayed due to negotiations with the federal Office For the Arts regarding the new four year agreement to deliver the funding program. Read more01.06.2012
This May NSWs 14 Regional Arts Boards each secured a $7,000 grant to develop local artistic and culture programs. The grants were part of a $98,000 funding boost from the Minister for the Arts George Souris MP. Read more