Regional Arts Victoria announces Regional Arts Fund Project and Fellowship Recipients


Nine Project Grants and one Fellowship Grant in Victoria have received $200,000 in funding through the Australian Government’s highly competitive Regional Arts Fund, delivered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cites and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the project grants would support sustainable economic, social and cultural development throughout Victoria.

“I congratulate the ten recipients of the Regional Arts Fund Project Grants in Victoria, who have each demonstrated how their unique projects will raise the profile of regional arts and broaden community engagement with the cultural sector,” Minister Fletcher said.

“This investment of $200,000 will support these artists and organisations to develop new networks and diverse works and is part of the Morrison Government’s $3.6 million annual investment in the Regional Arts Fund across Australia.”

Director of Partnerships at Regional Arts Victoria Liz Zito said that the projects in this round were of a high quality and offered a wide range of diverse activities.

“Regional Arts Victoria is proud to deliver this Australian Government funding program in Victoria. This highly competitive round has seen support for projects including the Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial through to providing masterclasses in electronic sound for young people in Warrnambool, as well as presenting Deaf storytellers bringing people into a Deaf Cultural experience in Wodonga. Regional Arts Victoria also wishes to thank the members of the independent assessment panel for their time and commitment in supporting exceptional arts practice in regional Victoria.”

Successful applicants this round include:

  • Ms Elise Cakebread 2021 Fellowship Recipient – Gordon
    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.

  • South West Local Learning and Employment Network – Warrnambool
    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 – North Wonthaggi
    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.

    Full list and description of all recipients here

    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.


Information regarding upcoming rounds will be made available via Regional Arts Victoria (

Image: 2020, Fish Creek Community Circus & Cabaret Carnival, Oliver Porter teaching juggling skills. RAF Quick Response Grant Recipient. Photo by Fish Creek Community Circus & Cabaret Carnival.