$100,838 announced for regional artists and communities in Victoria

Posted in Funding on 01/Dec/2015 10:50

Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, has announced a total of $100,838 of funding for grants projects in regional and rural communities across Victoria. Eight 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, “This is an impressive range of projects that reflect the depth and the diversity of artistic practice throughout Victoria. This Regional Arts Fund round supports new work across film, sculpture, song, theatre and beyond. From Indigenous stories to encouraging young artists, this Regional Arts Fund round supports contemporary practice as well as artist-led developments in unexpected places. 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, 2015 include:
  • The Marruk Project 2016: Commonground – Seymour
Led by Taungurung Elder Uncle Larry Walsh and Wadi Wadi Elder Aunty Debra Chaplin, a series of creative and cultural development residencies will see a group of nine emerging leaders from the Marruk Project in Swan Hill work with young people from Taungurung Country to create a new work for the 2016 Commonground Festival.
  • Artist in Residence Train Project – Shepparton
The train residency is a three week practice-based arts project that creates a transient space for the artist(s) to document the shifting terrain of private narratives within larger social spaces. They will explore social and cultural conditions of place through their chosen medium.
  • “ENDOREIC” The Lake Lascelles Short Film Festival – Hopetoun
The Yarriambiack Creek wends its way northward through the shire, ending at Lake Lascelles. This project will find and share local stories that may appear unassuming, but when explored through film, become powerful and reflective. Young people will work with a filmmaker and learn interview, editing, and production skills. The short films created will be screened at the outdoor cinema at Lake Lascelles.
  • Please see below for a full list and description of all 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, 2016 close on Tuesday 15 March 2016. Visit www.rav.net.au/funding-opportunities/regional-arts-fund for further details.

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ROUND 2, 2015 SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS
 
Yarriambiack Youth Action Council (Yarriambiack Shire Council)
$13,150                 
“ENDOREIC” The Lake Lascelles Short Film Festival
The Yarriambiack Creek wends its way northward through the shire, ending at Lake Lascelles. This project will find and share local stories that may appear unassuming, but when explored through film, become powerful and reflective. Young people will work with a filmmaker and learn interview, editing, and production skills. The short films created will be screened at the outdoor cinema at Lake Lascelles.
 
Shepparton Arts Festival Inc.
$12,680                 
Artist in Residence Train Project
The train residency is a three week practice-based arts residency project that creates a transient space for the artist(s) to document the shifting terrain of private narratives within larger social spaces. They will explore social and cultural conditions of place through their chosen medium.
 
Darnum Progress Association Inc.
$11,808
Darnum Looking Back Looking Forward
Darnum Progress Association will work with a local artist to create a relevant, enduring sculptural landmark designed for a highly visible position on Main Street. The sculpture will reflect Darnum's history, acknowledge their current residents, and optimistically look to the future.
 
Mary French
$12,200
Fabulous Beasts
Fabulous Beasts will investigate local lost and disappearing creatures. Local community members, in partnership with regional artists, will use stop motion technique, silhouette, and a giant puppet. A series of virtual images will tantalize passing audiences with a brief sighting; a flash of tiger stripes through the trees, a bounding rare marsupial.
 
Terry White
$15,000
Singing From Country
The project will link songwriters and community to Aboriginal knowledge-holders, naturalists and ecologists through workshops and a celebratory concert. From this will come songs that help reconnect people to place.
Recordings will provide a resource for choirs and a video will document the project, which is a pilot for a state-wide project.
 
Theatre 451
$6,000
ELEVATE & ELEVATE YOUTH
This project follows a series of rehearsed readings of new one-act plays submitted by Australian writers. Six plays will be selected by a panel of readers to form ELEVATE, four will be selected to form ELEVATE YOUTH. Ten rehearsed readings will then be held. Two works will then be fully workshopped and produced.
 
Gallery Kaiela Incorporated
$15,000
Buyuma (Bunma) Yapenyepuk  - Making Together Artists Residency  Project
Buyuma Yapenyepuk is a twelve-month pilot project designed to explore the benefits of Aboriginal Artists working in residence in a mainstream health organisation. Four artists will work in tandem with staff and clients at Goulburn Valley Health Facility in Shepparton. The works created during the residency will be permanently installed on the walls of the facility.
 
Mallee District Aboriginal Services
$15,000
The Marruk Project 2016: Commonground
Led by Taungurung Elder Uncle Larry Walsh and Wadi Wadi Elder Aunty Debra Chaplin, a series of creative and cultural development residencies will see a group of nine emerging leaders from the Marruk Project in Swan Hill work with young people from Taungurung Country to create a new work for the 2016 Commonground Festival. 

Image: Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited Summer School 2014. Photo by Joanne Watt

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