The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund will provide $408,395 to support 18 new projects in regional NSW in 2021.
This includes four projects for the Central West region (details below).
The RANSW CEO, Elizabeth Rogers, commented:
“Once again, the calibre of these projects supported by the Regional Arts Fund in NSW showcases the creativity of our regional arts organisations from across the state, with exciting projects from Lismore to Bourke and Narrandera to Bega Valley. It’s wonderful to see a number of new applicants supported in this round and the interesting work that has been developed in response to the isolation experienced by COVID‑19 restrictions and last summer’s bushfires. The continuing success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applications for this program is to be celebrated.”
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said that it was positive to see a diverse range of projects across NSW receiving funding.
“Through the Regional Arts Fund we are providing opportunities for communities across regional NSW to share their stories and connect with one another,” Minister Fletcher said.
“We recognise the challenges regional and remote communities have faced throughout 2020, and we are committed to supporting the work of artists and organisations, especially as they are recovering from the impacts of COVID-19 and last summer’s bushfires.
“We are supporting these organisations and individuals to develop important works and performances and engage with their local communities, which in turn provides long-term cultural, economic and social benefits.”
Projects funded in the NSW Central West are:
Amala Groom: Embodied Performance
Embodied Performance is a 12-month self-directed professional development program that seeks to expand Groom’s embodied performative practice through online mentorships and critiques with artists/curators/dramaturgs across Australasia throughout 2021 and will act as research and development in the lead up to the presentation of a new solo commission with Liveworks Festival (Performance Space), Sydney in 2022.
Bathurst Regional Council: Kangaroo
Kangaroo is a new work written by Miranda Gott. It tells the story of three people in a small regional community. The work is dark, it explores the themes of solitude, isolation and death, all universal themes, making the work relevant beyond the regions. Kangaroo will premiere in Bathurst and then be presented at The Joan in Penrith and at Cowra Civic Theatre.
Nicole L Welch: AS ABOVE SO BELOW, new site-specific work in the Central West of NSW whilst in isolation
Artist Nicole Welch will record in photography and moving image her reconnection to the natural world in response to ongoing isolation imposed by COVID 19. She will develop new techniques through the exploration of macro (astrophotography) and micro (miniature) photography to make new installations and performances for her LAND & BODY series of work, across sites at the Macquarie and the Lachlan Rivers. The outcomes of AS ABOVE, SO BELOW will be exhibited at the Orange Regional Gallery and MAY SPACE Sydney.
Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation: Condo SkyFest 2021
SkyFest 2021 is a celebration of Wiradjuri culture, including astronomy and skylore, in the small inland town of Condobolin where people experienced the full intergenerational impacts of colonisation, dispossession and racist government policies in the 19th and 20th centuries. SkyFest 2021 is a way for the Wiradjuri community to recover, reclaim and revitalise their cultural heritage, pass it on to young people, and share it with the broader community in entertaining and engaging ways. SkyFest 2021 will also introduces new ideas into the community and creates new opportunities for cultural, social and economic development.