Here you can find details of previously successful recipients to the Regional Arts Fund:
(it’s no) Drama LTD
Production of Wild Wood public performance
(it’s no) drama will develop a new production, WILD WOODS for public performance in the Leongatha Memorial Hall in June 2023. The funding will cover creative development, artistic collaboration, productions costs and support for disabled artists.
D&M Art Projects
Site specific contemporary art and ritual pilgrimage
(D&M) will develop and present an epic-scale, accessible, site-specific contemporary pilgrimage of both art and ritual. Collaborating with Gunaikurnai elders, community and locals this inaugural immersive art-walk travels from dusk. Fire, sound, light, performance and installations lead participants along the Boolarra rail trail to ‘The Meadows’ where community celebrate around a bonfire with music, ceremony and dance.
Expanding Fields of Practice
The Expanding Fields of Practice professional development and mentoring program for regional musicians, composers and curators has been developed by Punctum and Australian Art Orchestra (AAO). This regionally based professional pathway will partner with local industry support for emerging practitioners and be mentored by regional industry professionals. It has been co-designed in close collaboration and consultation with central Victorian emerging and experienced musicians, composers, and creators whose practice, career and current circumstances are informed by growing up and/or living in regional Victoria.
KINnected – On-Country Seasonal Cultural Arts Program
KINnected is an intergenerational, seasonal cultural arts program re-connecting, revitalising, strengthening and healing Aboriginal community living in and around Shepparton, through gathering, sharing knowledge, language and art-making together on Yorta Yorta country. KINnected will reclaim power and embed cultural protocols in creative practice. Being on-country and practicing culture together in a series of seven bush trips led by Elders and senior artists, will be the inspiration to create a new body of work for exhibition at Kaiela Arts in November 2023.
Pearl Park Music Festival Committee
Pearl Park Music Festival 2023
A whole-of-community cultural street festival featuring musicians and artists from South Gippsland. The Festival will showcase stalls of local cuisine, be supported by community organisations and, importantly, host First Nations story-tellers. Situated in the small rural town of Foster in the centre of Prom Country during peak tourist season, the Festival is free and accessible for visitors and the local community.
TRUCK will premiere as a headline act for the 2022 Nati Frinj Biennale. TRUCK is a multimedia, cross artform work using story-telling to showcase a tale of unsung heroes and an ode to the industry itself – a rich, working-class, sub-culture that is the backbone of Australian commerce. This work incorporates music, fashion and theatre.
Know Your Roots (kyr) Incorporated
Winyarr’s Weaving Circle Project
The Winyarrs’ (meaning ‘women’s’ in Yorta Yorta) Weaving Circle is a new project initiated by local Yorta Yorta artist Tammy-Lee Atkinson with her artist mother, Suzanne Atkinson, at POD Studio in Mooroopna. Winyarrs’ Weaving Circle revives important Aboriginal cultural creating an intergenerational, culturally safe space for women of all cultural backgrounds to gather, yarn, learn the ancient art of weaving, and build connections with First Nations arts, culture and community. Over 18 months women will create coils, baskets, experimental new designs, decorative pieces and yarning mats.
Fish Creek Carnival
Fish Creek Summer Carnival
The Fish Creek New Year’s Carnival will be a week-long celebration of arts and community in the small South Gippsland town of Fish Creek. The Carnival will present children’s circus shows, adult cabarets, circus workshops and a community parade.
Cassie Leatham’s First Nations Art Residency at La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo
The project celebrates the inaugural iteration of a First Nations residency program at La Trobe Art Institute (LAI) Bendigo, delivered in partnership with the Indigenous not-for-profit organisation Agency, featuring Taungurung/Dja Dja Wurrung artist Cassie Leatham.
Onemda – With Loving Care
Supporting Georgia MacGuire present Onemda – With Loving Care, their first large solo exhibition at a public art gallery, The Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Invited Residency opportunity at Varuna, The Writers House
The author, Christie Nieman, will take up an Invited Residency and mentorship opportunity at Varuna,
Residency at Varuna Writers Centre to complete manuscript of The Colour of People
To support Görkem Acaroğlu undertake a week-long residency at Varuna,
AmericanaFest UK Industry Showcase
To support Nigel Wearne to perform an Official Showcase at AmericanaFest UK as part of UK Americana Music Week in January 2023.
To support Caroline Esbenshade showing a large series of instant film photographs alongside two paintings in a solo show at Brunswick Street Gallery in January 2023.
Ida: Searching For The Jazz Baby
To support Frank Prem present at the Charles Sturt University’s Creative Practice Circle’s Stories from Crevice Communities Symposium in Wagga from 7/8 December 2022.
The Regional Art Fund will support the development of Daina Sgarioto’s first solo exhibition in December 2022 with Craft Victoria.
Watershed Studios Artists Residency, Galway, Ireland
To support Bonny Cassidy undertake a residency at the Watershed Studios, Galway, Ireland in November and December 2022.
Goulburn Valley Pride Inc.
Transmansplaining theatre performance
“‘Transmansplaining’ is an original one-man stage show based on the experiences of Ben MacEllen.
To support Adam John Cullen in an artist residency at Yellow Brick Studio, Nea Ionia, Athens, Greece.
the apology I was never given, and the one I never made
Support for skills development in projection mapping for artist Sam Burke to enable her to develop a large-scale public outcome to be exhibited at the Nati Frinj 2022.
Bones and Jones
Bones and Jones BIGSOUND
To fund travel and accommodation for Bones and Jones upcoming showcase at national music summit BigSound.
The Pattern Maker
The Pattern Maker is a cross-arts performance work that explores the work of a young woman employed at a Natimuk garment factory in the 1950s.
To present the project development as a performance at Hill Scene Live Arts Festival
Agave Print Studio: from Trentham to Sydney.
This project is a professional development opportunity, to participate in the 2022 Sydney Contemporary PAPER art fair.
Artist-in-Residence at Emporium Creative Hub and new work development
To support Justin Balmain in a 3-month Creative Residency at Emporium Creative Hub in Bendigo with a focus on research and development of a new video project commissioned by Gertrude Contemporary.
Dance Track – a dance projection project in conjunction with Testing Grounds and Melbourne Fringe Festival
‘Dance Track’ is the collaboration between regional artists Samara Cunningham and Kate Russel and will focus on the development of a new video projection for Melbourne Fringe, and feature dance and the landscape along the Great Southern Rail Trail. Following Melbourne Fringe, ‘Dance Track’ will return to Gippsland for presentation in local venues.
Tracing threads and weaving stories: creative dialogues in the Italian diaspora professional development
To support Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo participate in in-person invitations from Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, Stony Brook University and Calandra Italian American Institute to facilitate in-person collaborative performances, lectures and public programs.
Are We Invisible?: Am I Invisible?
Louise Cooper will develop an augmented reality, geolocated, autobiographical, animated art game about her life on the autism spectrum to be part of Melbourne Fringe Festival. The art game will be played across Melbourne CBD developing new audiences for the rural artist.
Wood and Fire: an introduction to woodfired ceramics
To support ten artists to work together for a week at Laura’s South Gippsland studio. This project is an opportunity to collaborate, share knowledge, learn new methods and techniques, and experiment with taking work in new directions.
Gippsland Art Gallery
Fragile Earth: Extinction in Conversation
In a weekend-long symposium the Gippsland Art Gallery presents Fragile Earth: Extinction in conversation, bringing together artists, advocates, academics and authors.
Local Giants Regional Producers Platform
Rebekah Gibbs has been selected to participate in the new capacity building program, The Local Giants Regional Producers Platform. The program is a multi-tiered skills development program led by Performing Lines that takes participants through a practical, industry-led capacity-building program in producing, culminating in an in-person gathering at APAX 2022.
Horsham City Brass Band
Big Band Bash with Wilbur WildeIn 2022 the Band celebrates 150 years of service to the community. As a part of the celebration a professional musician has been invited and a Community Concert is being planned. Working with a local Choir from Murtoa, and the young people in the ‘Junior’ Band, the Concert is to be held in the Horsham Town Hall.
The Ginkgo Tree Creative Studio
Funding to support artists in the development of the Hidden Lanes project, a slow travel art and culture self-guided tour in Ballarat as a part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival in May 2022.
Be the Mountain – inspiring and connecting through sound, song and imagination
Be the Mountain is a suite of new compositions by Tenzin Choegyal, blending traditional Tibetan sounds with contemporary music styles. The Be the Mountain concert tour includes performance, community workshops and mentoring.
Bellarine Landcare Group
Journey on Wadawurrung Country
To support The Bellarine Landcare Group to exhibit the works from Journey on Wadawurrung Country, presenting important stories and perspectives from Wadawurrung Traditional Owners in an accessible and creative visual and audio installation.
$1,800.00Learning Printmaking and Web Sales from Bridget Farmer.
Supporting Olivia O’Connor with mentoring with established, regional artist Bridget Farmer. The artists will explore designing for prints/etchings and setting up a successful online business of art sales.
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Samuel Eder Ukraine Photography Exhibition
Funding to support the solo exhibition of Ballarat-based artist Samuel Eder, who has worked as a photojournalist in the Ukraine war zone for the past three years.
Live Showcase Video
To support Nigel Wearne to create a live performance video to showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference 2022.
Fish Creek Memorial Hall
To support community workshops and a live community performance in collaboration with the 2022 Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival.
The establishment of an LGBTIQ+ Community TV online platform
The project will establish a free access online Queer community TV platform, so remote and regional Victorian LGBTIQ+ communities will share insights, feel connected and have a place of belonging. This project will build capacity LGBTIQ+ people in regional communities, in methods of producing content, editing techniques and video storytelling through a series of free community workshops. This project will also build a website for the specific purpose of broadcasting LGBTIQ+ community created programming.
Find Your Voice Collective Inc
True Faces: A Creative Activism Project
The True Faces of Creative Activism, Accessibility & Advocacy is a series of evocative audio-visual projects that aim to change the way the world is viewed, co-designed from start to finish by regional creatives who identify as d/Deaf and disabled. Steeped in a true model of self-advocacy, this project utilises creativity and storytelling to provoke insight into the lived experience of disability by producing short films that aim to impact society’s understanding and celebration of diversity while promoting each individual’s right to creative success.
Island is an audio theatre work that celebrates the vitality of the Pacific diaspora. Written by Kiribati writer Marita Davies, Island will feature an immersive soundscape that includes traditional Kiribati songs performed by members of the Victorian Kiribati Association as part of a Cultural Day in the Macedon Ranges. Through this innovative digital work, families across regional Victoria will be invited to experience the richness of Pacific culture and join together in a connected and embodied theatrical adventure that takes place in their own homes.
Creswick Theatre Company
The Ballad of Pirt Koorook
This project is a new work stimulated by the play Extinction by Hannie Rayson. The work is being developed in collaboration with the original playwright, and professional First Nations performers and Traditional Owners. This is a new show which will be a First Nations driven perspective of the environmental and ethical themes of the original script. The production will focus on ‘Country’ as the main protagonist. By shifting the lens from a Western one to a First Nations one, completely different ideas about ‘Extinction’ are revealed.
Lost in the Groove
Lost in the Groove is a free community music fiesta in East Gippsland the community. Attendees can participate in the fiesta choir, instrument-making and music-making, concerts, and jam sessions. Featuring Victorian artists, Andy Rigby, and Polly Christie, and their young daughter, Sylvie, alongside renowned East Gippsland musicians, Peter May and John Corby. This event is presented by Quasitrad Music and Crashendo!Bairnsdale
Ms Michelle Dunn
Picture Change Image Library
Picture Change Image Library will, in collaboration with diverse members of the community, create a vibrant suite of images that show diversity and challenge stereotypes and gender roles in regional Victoria.
Ms Eloise Wood
ELEVATE will be a new project of hope and connection which aims to engage communities and families across the Colac Otway Shire in large-scale puppetry making, stiltwalking, creative dance and storytelling workshops by WildHoney Performing Arts.
South West Local Learning and Employment Network
South West Mini MESS
South West Mini MESS will bring the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio’s collection of iconic synthesisers to the Fletcher Jones Factory site for a week-long masterclass in electronic sound in Warrnambool.
Miss Chelle Destefano
Presentation of Deaf Stories exhibition and public programs in regional Victoria
Chelle Destefano (Deaf, Regional artist) with Deaf Community and hearing collaborator Claire Bridge will launch and present ‘What I Wish I’d Told You’, a multi-channel projection and immersive installation exhibition which will centre Deaf voices, agency, identity and culture at Arts Space Wodonga.
Venous Return will be a performance work devised with an ensemble that includes people with disability, and will extend theatre practice by making use of visual arts installation aesthetics and augmented reality.
Golden Plains Shire Council
Living Sculptures Project
The Living Sculptures Project will involve the creation of a large scale ephemeral sculpture in Golden Plains Shire via an Artist in Residence Program, which will be created from rock installations and plantings.
Kyneton Contemporary Inc
Digital Communications and Marketing Mentorship/Skills Development for Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial
Kyneton Contemporary Inc. will employ regionally-based Paul Mylecharane from Public Office to provide skill development and mentoring for its volunteer committee in marketing, design and communication for the 2021 Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial.
Ms Caz Walsh
Circus Under the Stars
Caz Walsh will develop and present ‘Circus Under the Stars’, a contemporary circus project that will tour to the regional communities of Maryborough and Ararat.
Ms Verity Higgins
NatiFRIJ Ballarat-based artists’ collective, the Pitcha Making Fellas, will run a series of workshops in Natimuk with interested Natimuk community members, decorating 12‑16 old fridges with images of endangered plant species, which will be displayed as a trail around Natimuk for the NatiFrinj.
Ms Elise Cakebread
$20,000 Texture at Scale – Addressing Scope and Sustainability
This fellowship will address scale, scope and sustainability within Elise Cakebread’s textile based art practice, producing research that will create a framework for future community based projects that will expand her practice and audience.