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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Micro Grant Stories: Bathurst Seymour Centre

With a small grant Bathurst Seymour Centre brought in photographer Bill Deeley to share share skills with their clients remotely during Covid-19.

Bathurst Seymour Centre was successful in gaining a grant of $800 from Arts OutWest’s Micro Grant program.

What did you do with the funds?

The information about how to take good photographs was developed in several formats as follows:

  • The artist was digitally filmed providing instructions and this has been put on our Facebook page and website (will occur this week)
  • Written materials about how to take good photographs for people in our target group who do not have access to technology such as Facebook or website access has been developed and it is available for anyone who requires a printed copy.

This project will help to meet the needs of people who are currently isolated due to COVID-19 and it is sustainable, so it can be used later when we return to normal circumstances.

What were the benefits gained from your Arts OutWest Micro Grant and how did it help during the COVID-19 crisis?

The funds provided enabled us to engage a local artist for this project. We have been able to provide digital footage which covers useful information about how to take good photographs. This includes: Introduction, Landscape and portrait photographs, close up photographs, cameras, camera modes, camera sensors, focusing, lighting, composition, software processing. This information is also available in printed format.

Benefits include the ability for aspiring photographers to learn to take ‘good’ photos during this time of isolation.

This is an extremely worthwhile activity which will bring a lot of joy to people who are currently isolated and we sincerely thank Arts OutWest for their support. We plan to hold a small exhibition of some of the photographs taken by participants towards to end of 2020 to recognise the skills of participants and to give them something to look forward to.

About Bathurst Seymour Centre

Bathurst Seymour Centre provides social support, respite, community participation, meals, transport and outreach programs for people who are seniors, frail aged, have dementia/ cognitive decline, have a disability and carers.

We have been established for 40 years and we try to be as flexible and innovative as we can. We have a fantastic team of staff and volunteers and often we are supported by students from our local community.