Regional Arts Fund supporting artists across NSW in 2019

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The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund (RAF) will provide $402,765.50 to support 18 new projects in regional, rural and remote New South Wales in 2019.

The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia.
In NSW, the Regional Arts Fund is administered by Regional Arts NSW according to the objectives and general eligibility determined by the Australian Government.

The list of successful projects encompasses a broad spectrum of artforms including performance, literature, music, theatre, dance, screen, digital arts and cross-artform initiatives. This round of the Regional Arts Fund also included the Small Regional Festivals Support stream, which saw three volunteer-run festivals (Byron Harmony Day, Akoostic Festival and the Kari-Lachlan River Arts Festival) awarded funds to employ a part-time arts worker to manage the festival. Communities across the state including Wallabadah, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Wingham, Bermagui, Bathurst, Narrandera will benefit from this funding.

“Regional NSW is a diverse creative landscape, and it is fantastic to see that the Regional Arts Fund continues to attract projects of excellence throughout the state”. Elizabeth Rogers, CEO of Regional Arts NSW.

The program provides funding for grants, including quick response and community grants for arts projects, professional development for artists and arts workers, and community capacity building projects. The program also provides funding for high priority strategic projects that address a need facing the arts in regional areas.

Congratulations to our Central West RAF recipients!

Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival: Poems Plays & Stories
Y1: $9,480.00
The Poems, Plays & Stories program will celebrate literature through poetry, play-making and storytelling by local regional artists, extending the reach of Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festivals’ program. The project will culminate in a poetry anthology by local poets to be launched at the festival, the development of two new plays written by local playwrights, and a storytelling project titled ‘Small WOMAN/country GIRL’.

OUTPOST: Expeditions
Y1: $20,000.00
Expeditions will see the development and touring of two theatre works from plays and texts within the HSC drama and English curriculums. Employing emerging artists who have chosen to practice in regional Australia, OUTPOST will create a tour of these performances, along with a workshop program, that will be delivered to school audiences and communities in the Central West. This project will provide accessible and exciting contemporary performances for regional audiences by regional artists, and establish a sustainable touring model for OUTPOST.

Kari-Lachlan River Arts Festival
Y1: $10,000.00     Y2: $10,000.00
The Small Regional Festivals Support funding will allow for the employment of a Program Coordinator for the River Arts Festival Main Event. The Coordinator, Rob Shannon, will be engaged from early 2019 for the months leading up to the event, and will be responsible for all community collaboration, stage management and the presentation of the festival finale to be held on Saturday 25 May, 2019.

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