$97,925 Announced for regional artists and communities in Victoria

Posted in Creative Communities on 21/Oct/2014 00:22

Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, has announced a total of $97,925 of funding for grants projects in regional and rural communities across Victoria. Nine projects have been funded through the Australian Government’s highly competitive Regional Arts Fund, delivered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

Director of Regional Arts Victoria, Esther Anatolitis said, “I’m delighted to see such inspiring and inventive new work supported by this latest Regional Arts Fund, reflecting the depth and the diversity of artistic practice throughout Victoria. This Regional Arts Fund round supports new work across performance poetry, drama, installation, textile, public spaces and more.  From the collaborative Weaving Stories of the Murray, to the transformative Great Southern Sculpture Garden in Foster, this Regional Arts Fund round will support a great deal of important new work. Regional Arts Victoria is proud to partner with the Australian Government on this vital program. We thank all the applicants as well as our independent panel for their commitment to this Fund.”

Successful applicants in Round 2, 2014 include:

  • Weaving Stories  - Mildura
    A collaborative project initiated by the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale and the Mildura Dreamtime Weavers. Mentored by Maree Clarke and Yhonnie Scarce the project aims to provide opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to collaborate in weaving the stories of the Murray into a major multi-media installation. 

  • St Arnaud Street Museum – St Arnaud
    The community will work together with world-class artists to bring life to the shop fronts and wall spaces to make up a series of installations, conceived as one overall artwork. Four artists will reside in St Arnaud for a month each to create a changing exhibition throughout 2015.

  • Slam Fest – Mount Beauty
    Provides local Mount Beauty Secondary College students with an opportunity to explore the contemporary art form of slam poetry in a supportive environment.  World class Slam Poet, Emilie Zoey Baker will engage students in a three day workshop on the fundamentals of Slam Poetry.  These workshops will culminate in performances as part of the annual Mount Beauty Music Festival, as well as a special one off performance with Alpine Health Aged Care Residents.

  • Click here to read a full list of recipients.

The Regional Arts Fund is the Australian Government program that aims to provide all Australians in regional and remote areas with better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund supports sustainable cultural development in communities across regional, remote and very remote Australia. Funding is targeted at activities that will have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities through the development of partnerships and cultural networks. It provides artists with professional development and employment opportunities, and supports arts and community development projects that provide regional communities with the opportunity to access and participate in cultural activities. The Regional Arts Fund has an emphasis on building capacity in youth, disadvantaged, very remote or Indigenous communities.

There are two funding rounds per year. Applications for Round 1, 2015 close on Monday 16 March.

Visit http://www.rav.net.au/funding-opportunities/regional-arts-fund/ for further details.

Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, has announced a total of $97,925 of funding for grants projects in regional and rural communities across Victoria. Nine projects have been funded through the Australian Government’s highly competitive Regional Arts Fund, delivered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.