Arts NSW funds local projects, programs

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Local arts and cultural facilities and local arts projects will benefit from state government arts funding in 2015.

The Central West Writers Centre will be refunded (after being officially closed this year) and will be renamed The Banjo Paterson Writers Centre; exciting new group United Fusion will run a multi-artform skills development program, under the auspice of Arts OutWest; there will be a project at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum engaging young people and Wiradjuri Elders in events for the Bathurst bicentenary. Funds will also support the ongoing programs of Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Orange Regional Museum

In more detail…

Two local projects will be funded through the Arts & Cultural Projects funding category. Projects in this category of funding may include: the creation and presentation of work, audience development and engagement, commissions, research, new partnerships (including with the non-arts sector), engagement with new technologies, community collaborations, activities aimed at engaging young people, work that extends artist and/or artforms/disciplines.

The Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) Arts & Cultural Projects category supports professional arts and cultural projects at any stage of the creative process across NSW. This category is open to individual artists and arts/cultural workers (auspiced), partnerships and groups (auspiced) and organisations. The funding aims to strengthen professional arts and cultural development for small and medium sized arts and cultural organisations as well as contribute to arts and cultural excellence and innovation.

The Arts & Cultural Projects category for 2015 received a high number of competitive applications across diverse artforms. 35 projects were funded from 136 applications received. $ 1,300,063 in projects were funded.

United fusion cowra Sepotember workshop

Image: From the United Fusion dance/ physical theatre workshop in Cowra in September.

Arts OutWest for United Fusion Incorporated Arts OutWest for United Fusion Incorporated for United Fusion Incorporated – $74,938
United Fusion Inc, will devise a multi artform skills development program that will lead to the creative development and public presentation of an original, site specific work in Cowra in 2016. ‘Exposure’ will target 5-18yr olds, addressing issues present in regional communities.
This project is auspiced by Arts OutWest, which means Arts OutWest will manage funds for United Fusion, leaving them free to manage the project and build their own track record of project delivery.

Bathurst Regional Council, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum – $45,000
Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum will work with young people and Wiradjuri Elders to develop and deliver a web-based module of Bathurst’s historical legacy as it celebrates its bicentenary. Read the ABC News story on this exciting interactive education project…

In the Annual Program funding category key regional programs will be supported:

Banjo Patterson Writers’ Centre (Orange City Council): $10,000
The Banjo Patterson Writers’ Centre’s program provides information and support to writers seeking publication and contact with other writers in the Central West. In 2015 the program will include workshops, festival participation, building partnerships, visiting authors, writing clinics and face to face meetings.

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (Bathurst Regional Council): $50,000
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre based in regional NSW will support a Creative Producer to deliver the development of new artistic work and the support of local and emerging performing artists in 2015.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery (Cowra Shire Council): $20,000
Cowra Regional Art Gallery‘s program includes touring exhibitions featuring contemporary art and craft practices, gallery initiated exhibitions, and outreach projects. These will be supported by public program events including openings with guest speakers and artist talks. The Gallery will also offer professional development opportunities for local artists and skills enhancing workshops.

Orange Regional Museum: $45,000
Orange Regional Museum’s 2015 program of collections and cultural heritage will research and interpret Aboriginal and migration history in the Orange region. This will underpin exhibitions in the new Orange Regional Museum, and commission education materials to engage young people in exploring the museum. The program will also continue
work on the award winning Sustainable Collections Program.

The Regional Capital funding program is one of a suite of Project categories of the new Arts & Cultural Development Program (ACDP) and is available to regional organisations for capital works and the purchase of equipment used for arts and cultural purposes. Within the ACDP, eligible items have been broadened to include moveable equipment and fittings. Capital works can include construction, alteration, renovation, completion or fitting out of building or facilities for arts and cultural use.

In this category funds will go to Bathurst Regional Council ($60,000) to replace Bathurst Regional Art Gallery’s lighting system with an energy-efficient LED system. The project is part of a larger project to bring the Gallery’s climate control and lighting systems up to the best industry standard. This will ensure conservation of the Gallery’s permanent collection and allow for a broader range of exhibitions.

See the full list of funding decisions at:

 Cover image: The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst.

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