2015 Country Arts Support Program

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CASP 2015: 9 new arts projects funded across the Central West.

The NSW government has announced $19,405 in small projects funding to the NSW Central West region through CASP, the Country Arts Support Program.

  • Summary of 2015 projects
  • Arts OutWest finds funds for four additional projects (scroll down)
  • Full list and details of 2015 funded projects (scroll down)

Across the Central West there was a huge demand for the annual small grants program in the 2015 round, with the largest ever total ask – 27 different community organisations requesting $67,062 in funds. Almost half of these proposals came from first time applicants to CASP.

Nine applications from the Central West region were successful in the 2015 round, with projects spread across the region. Applicants could apply for up to $3000 with any not-for-profit group eligible.

CASP is a key regional arts funding program for NSW which provides support to employ artists in locally initiated arts and cultural projects. The aim is to provide access to arts activities for regional communities, to encourage communities to work together on cultural projects, to foster cultural diversity in the region and to ensure that regional and rural areas have an artistic voice.

Comic creator Marcelo Baez with student at the 2014 Central West Comics Fest in Parkes

Comic creator Marcelo Baez with student at the 2014 Central West Comics Fest in Parkes

Projects to be funded by CASP in 2015 include:

  • support for Central West Comics Fest and the next stage of the Somewhere down the Lachlan Amazing project
  • training for Grenfell Art Gallery volunteers in customer service and visitor experience
  • a professional artist working with students from the Trundle Central School to paint murals and make a public art area around the main street of Trundle

Plus a host of hands-on community workshops:

  • Aboriginal arts and culture workshops in Lithgow
  • a recycled textile workshop in Tottenham
  • a four-day knitting and crochet workshop to create a large spider’s web for the flag poles at the front of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery
  • a welding workshop in Oberon for women with local sculptor Harrie Fasher
  • and choir workshops for primary school students from the Forbes and Parkes region, leading to performances for Forbes River Arts Festival.
Harrie Fasher teaches welding to Celia Ravesi at a womens welding workshop in Oberon in 2013. Photo: Arts OutWest.

Harrie Fasher teaches welding to Celia Ravesi at a womens welding workshop in Oberon in 2013. Photo: Arts OutWest.

“These nine projects offer exciting opportunities to communities, arts makers and audiences in the region. They also provide employment opportunities to local artists and arts workers,” Arts OutWest Executive Officer Tracey Callinan said.

Bringing these nine funded projects to life will be 70 local volunteers contributing more than 1300 volunteer hours. The projects will also make use of around $8500 of in-kind goods and services from local councils, businesses and community groups. It’s estimated that for the $19,405 CASP investment in the region this year an additional $36,000 of in-kind support will be attached to these projects as donated goods, services or volunteer hours.

“Whilst demand continues to be high, CASP is still an accessible funding source for regional communities. This is a program we really encourage people to consider for the future,” Ms Callinan said.

Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program is a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local regional arts organisations on behalf of the NSW Government. Applications are assessed locally by a panel.

Applications for the 2016 round of CASP will close in October 2015. Details…

Arts OutWest ‘tops up’ CASP funding:  5 additional projects funded

With such a large number of quality Country Arts Support Program (CASP) applications, Arts OutWest has found an additional $7000 from other funding sources to support a further four local projects this year.

“Our region is a high performer: we consistently have a high demand, from high quality projects, for small arts grants,” Arts OutWest Executive Officer Tracey Callinan said.

“CASP is a wonderful program but it does leave a shortfall. We thought it was valuable and important to support these additional projects and add to the depth of arts-based work happening across our region this year. I wish we could support even more of them,” Ms Callinan said.

Money has been pooled from Arts OutWest’s existing Arts NSW funding. The five additional local projects, drawn from the 2015 CASP applications, were also of an extremely high standard and would have received CASP funding if there had been enough to go around.

These additionally funded projects will be announced mid January.

More about CASP at: www.regionalartsnsw.com.au/grants/casp.html

Full list of projects funded in 2015 through the Country Arts Support Program: NSW Central West region

Grenfell Art Gallery
Local government area: Weddin
Project: Art Gallery Volunteer Development Workshops
Project description: Four hour workshop for Art Gallery volunteers to develop skills in customer service and to build confidence and knowledge to support visitor experience of gallery exhibitions. Workshop to be followed by a one day excursion to a regional art gallery.
Location: Grenfell
CASP Funding: $360

Cowra Art Group Inc.
Local government area: Cowra
Project: Yarn a Web
Project description: Series of community workshops over four days to knit, crochet and/or knot a large spider’s web to be displayed on the large flag poles at the front of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. Opportunities will be to learn or use a skill, meet neighbours and increase social interaction.
Location: Cowra
CASP Funding: $920

Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival Inc
Local government area: Forbes
Project: River Song
Project description: River Song will include choir workshops for primary school students from the Forbes/Parkes region, leading to performances for Forbes River Arts Festival October 29/31 2015. Workshops will be held at the Forbes Town Hall, giving students the opportunity to work with a professional accompanist and conductor.
Location: Forbes
CASP Funding: $1900

Friends of Oberon Library (FOOLS)
Local government area: Oberon
Project: Women of Steel
Project description: Building on the success of last year’s Women Welders of the West Workshop, Friends of Oberon Library will host a welding workshop for women with local artist and sculptor Harrie Fasher in May 2015. The project will strengthen and develop design and welding skills and create a collaborative communal public art work to be donated to the Oberon community.
Location: Oberon
CASP Funding: $2175

Tottenham Welfare Council Inc.
Local government area: Lachlan
Project: Refashioning Waste Clothing for Second Life
Project description: Jane Milburn will run a textile workshop in March 2015, at Tottenham NSW, with an emphasis on the creative upcycling of reject clothing in a sustainable, ethical and fashionable way. Focussing on the reuse of natural fibres, participants will learn to think creatively while fostering the reuse of pre-loved textiles.
Location: Tottenham
CASP Funding: $2550

Parkes Shire Library
Local government area: Parkes
Project: Central West Comics Fest
Project description: The Central West Comic Fest will celebrate this unique genre of literature using pictures and words on the same page. It will bring comic illustrators and authors to the Central West, satisfying the needs of fans who find it hard to access this contemporary art form.
Location: Parkes
CASP Funding: $2700

Lithgow Community Projects
Local government area: Lithgow
Project: Migay Ngaruu, Welcoming Legacy
Project description: A series of workshops will be held in Lithgow to bring together Aboriginal clients of LCP to create an artwork that will serve as a legacy of the Migay Ngaruu and Yawarra aboriginal projects. The artwork that is created through the workshops will be reprinted and presented to local services to hang in their premises and assist in creating a welcoming environment for all Aboriginal people.
Location: Lithgow
CASP Funding: $2800

Trundle & District Progress Association
Local government area: Parkes
Project: Trundle Public Art Space Unlimited
Project description: Working in collaboration with a professional artist, students from the Trundle Central School will paint murals in public areas adjoining the Trundle Mens Shed, Trundle Memorial Hall and Trundle Central School as part of a coordinated plan to create public art spaces surrounding the Trundle Main Street.
Location: Trundle
CASP Funding: $3000

Forbes Arts Society / Platypus Gallery
Local government area: Forbes
Project: Somewhere down the Lachlan Sculpture (SDLS) Amazing Project
Project description: The ‘amazing project’ is the title for a monumental community designed and fabricated 3D word sculpture that will be the first public installation erected as part of Somewhere down the Lachlan Sculpture, a permanent sculpture trail commencing in the CBD of Forbes, continuing around the lake and extending along the Lachlan River towards Condobolin NSW (via Utes in the Paddock).
Location: Forbes council area through to Lachlan council
CASP Funding: $3000

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