A large number of arts projects will be funded through the Country Art Support Program in 2016.
“It’s remarkable to see so many successful applicants,” said Derek Motion, Western Riverina Arts’ Development Officer. “There are seven projects being funded and that’s almost twice the four that were successful last round.”
“It’s great to see so much activity planned for the year, and it’s also a good outcome as Western Riverina Arts has grown. This means there are more people able to apply for the funding directed to our region.”
“Our local region is full of artistic talent and I’m chuffed the NSW Government is supporting our community to develop new skills and reach new audiences.”
The projects demonstrate a broad range of activities throughout the local government areas of Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera and Murrumbidgee shires.
In Griffith Pioneer Park Museum will host a video projection workshop and presentation over the June long weekend.
The Coleambally Town Life Committee will host painting workshops with Linda MacAuley, including acrylics, watercolours and more. The final workshop will involve an exhibition at the local festival.
Waddi Housing will provide an avenue for emerging Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander artists to promote their artwork within the Murrumbidgee Shire. The project will culminate in an exhibition.
In Narrandera the John O’Brien Bush Festival will bring The Drop Bears to town for the Festival, as well as workshops in poetry and music at local schools. The project will expose children to bush verse to grow future audiences and educate on traditional culture with an emphasis on local contribution to history.
The Leeton Art Society will run three artist workshops at the Leeton Multipurpose Centre between February and August 2016.
Parkview Public School P&C Association will host artist Christina Read to explore drawing and lino cut print making techniques. Work will be presented at an informal exhibition at the school.
Riverina Singing Group will host a weekend workshop conducted by ‘a capella’ group conductor Tony Backhouse. To bring members of the community together to sing and perform for a local retirement village at the end of the workshop.
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government is focused on ensuring art and culture thrives throughout regional NSW. “Local art projects help build community spirit and I’m proud the NSW Government is ensuring everyone can enjoy quality arts and cultural experiences, no matter where they live,” Mr Grant said.
“Supporting art and culture in regional NSW is a priority under the Government’s new Create in NSW 10-year policy framework built on the ambitions of excellence, access and strength.”
The funding will be provided through the Country Arts Support Program, administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Arts NSW.