$160,000 announced for regional artists and communities in Victoria

Posted in Communities on 25/Jun/2018 23:15

Fourteen projects in Victoria have received $160,000 in funding through the Australian Government’s highly competitive Regional Arts Fund, delivered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

Director of Partnerships at Regional Arts Victoria, Liz Zito, said that the projects would contribute greatly to the creative activity occurring across the state throughout the year. 

“Here is a broad spectrum of artistic practice, including Indigenous storytelling, sound art, weaving, theatre making and visual arts. Mentorships and residencies, as well as creative new works, feature heavily within this Regional Arts Fund round”, Ms Zito said.

“Regional Arts Victoria is proud to partner with the Australian Government on this program, and we thank the applicants, as well as our independent panel, for their commitment to this vital fund”.

Successful applicants in Round 1, 2018 include:

South Gippsland Shire Council – Leongatha
It's no drama is an emerging inclusive theatre group for people with disabilities. This project will involve the creation of a new original work by the ensemble, with mentorship by Rawcus, and a new partnership with local film production house, Drift Media. It aims to further engage the community in original theatre, with the added dimension of film. Drift Media will mentor ensemble members to produce a short film about the process.

Wurinbeena – Lakes Entrance
Secrets of Bung Yarnda aims to document the lives of the older residents of Bung Yarnda (Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust) and the surrounding Lakes area on film. Elders hold stories of an era past: bush births, removal of children, “life on the mish” and picking beans for Italians. The project will integrate film training for locals into the process, building the next generation of artists through engagement with Vincent Lamberti of Fringe Dweller Films. The created films will be screened locally in community celebration, be made available via the web, and be part of the Public Records Office of Victoria state collection.

Falls Creek Resort Management – Falls Creek
Mountains of Memories, Falls Creek community stories in sculpture and art will engage the women of Falls Creek in weaving workshops with renowned Yorta Yorta possum skin cloak maker, printmaker, sculptor, weaver and painter Dr Treahna Hamm. The project will allow the community, and its 700,000 annual visitors, to consider Falls Creek’s significant ancient past and contemplate issues of climate change and what we might learn from an Indigenous perspective about our connection to the land.

The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia. The fund meets the strategic priorities of supporting participation in and access to the arts and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts. The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia. In Victoria, the Regional Arts Fund is administered by Regional Arts Victoria according to the objectives and general eligibility determined by the Australian Government.

Applications for Community Grants are now closed and will re-open in January 2019. Visit www.rav.net.au/funding-opportunities/regional-arts-fund for further details.

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Image: Outside Walk as part of Rose Ertler's 'Insultations', a Regional Arts Funded project. Photo by Theresa Harrison. 

Fourteen projects in Victoria have received $160,000 in funding through the Australian Government’s highly competitive Regional Arts Fund, delivered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

Rose Ertler's Insultations photo by Theresa Harrison