Regional Arts Development Central West NSW


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NOW CLOSED. Closes 22 August 2022 at 5pm. For artists and arts and cultural organisations to tour their work across regional NSW as part of Create NSW’s Regional Arts Touring Program.

Regional Arts Touring funding supports projects that provide access to arts and culture for audiences living in regional NSW. Funding is available for tours of all artforms, including performing arts, music, visual arts, literature, history, museums and multi-arts. Applicants should demonstrate strong audience development and engagement strategies.

Create NSW Interim Chief Executive Annette Pitman said Regional Arts Touring will deliver significant benefits for regional communities.

“We want our regional communities to be able to experience exceptional arts and culture, and this funding is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring the arts are accessible for everyone, no matter where you live,” Ms Pitman said.

“As well as ensuring regional audiences have access to quality productions, performances and exhibitions, the Program supports the careers of artists and strengthens the small to medium sector by developing new markets and audiences.”

Previous rounds of the Program have supported a diverse range of events including Sydney Youth Orchestra’s The Big West Tour, Performing Lines tour of TWO by Raghav Handa, and a 17-venue tour of Monkey Baa’s Possum Magic.

Executive Director of Monkey Baa, Kevin du Preez said the Regional Arts Touring funding enabled the theatre to present meaningful, uplifting arts experiences to new audiences across regional NSW.

“With this funding support, we continued to strengthen our relationships with regional partners and audiences – taking not just performances, but also our teaching artist workshop program into schools ahead of the tour to connect young people with creative arts learning experiences,” Mr du Preez said.

Regional Arts Touring (round 1) is part of the NSW Government’s $68 million Arts and Cultural Funding Program.

Applications are now open with funding available for tours of all art forms. For more information, including details on how to apply, visit

What can I apply for?

Funding is available for a wide range of touring activity which may include but is not limited to:

  • a Sydney-based dance company touring to three regional NSW destinations and delivering workshops with young people
  • a regional NSW theatre organisation touring a performance to one Western Sydney and two regional NSW locations
  • an artist/curator from Western Sydney touring an exhibition to multiple regional NSW galleries
  • a band touring regional NSW to support an album release.

Funding is not available under this program for filmmaking and screen production, mainstream animation and film festivals (see for funding opportunities in this area).

Round one

Applications open: 25 July 2022
Applications close: 22 August 2022 at 5pm (AEST).

Round two

Applications open: 13 March 2023
Applications close: 10 April 2023 at 5pm (AEST

Regional Arts Touring – Create NSW

IMAGE: Teniola Komolafe, Callan Colley, Angela Nica Sullen, Gabriela van Wyk and Mariama Whitton in Orange Thrower, Griffin Theatre Company. Image: Brett Boardman.