Regional Arts Fund
Congratulations BMEC Bathurst and Lingua Franca – both receiving funding through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund in 2018. The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund will provide $316,550 to support 13 new projects in regional, rural and remote New South Wales in 2018.
The list of successful projects encompasses a broad spectrum of art forms including music, theatre, screen, circus, visual arts and ephemeral, digital and public art. Communities across the state including Bathurst, Lismore, Coonamble, Tamworth, Walcha, Armidale, Manning Valley, Albury, the Mid North Coast, Bega and Coonabarabran will benefit from this funding.
“The demand for the RAF continues to be very high in NSW and there are so many great projects that are unable to be funded” Elizabeth Rogers, CEO of Regional Arts NSW said.
“This round received 50 applications and was very competitive due to the extremely high standard of the applications. It was great to see such a diverse range of projects from regional communities from all parts of the state,” she added.
BMEC will produce the new Australian play ‘The Climbing Tree’ as part of their 2018 season. Lingua Franca will develop, over two years, an ensemble of professional performance artists in Bathurst.
The Climbing Tree – Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Y1: $20,000.00. The Climbing Tree is a play about young people across the centuries in Bathurst, and how the ghosts of the past remain present. While the things that young people worry about today may be vastly different from settlement days, in many ways, things remain the same. This project has been in three years of development with playwright Rachael Coopes and composer Guy Webster in collaboration with Australian Theatre for Young People and extensive work with young people in Bathurst. This funding will support the final creative development, rehearsals and public performances of the play.
Lingua Franca Physical Theatre for The Lingua Franca Ensemble
Y1: $29,800.00. Y2: $30,000.00.
Lingua Franca will develop an ensemble of artists to establish a consistent approach to physical performance making in their home, Bathurst. This projects aims to establish a more viable and sustainable model of making original, vibrant contemporary performance in regional Australia. It will provide consistent opportunity for regionally based/connected artists to access employment and professional development in their region and establish Lingua Franca’s visibility and viability as a valuable artistic force in the region. The Lingua Franca Ensemble will consolidate the company’s artistic relationships with artists, audiences and community through performance labs, creative development, and the presentation of new work.
There were 13 projects funded across the state in the 2018 round from 50 applications.
Image: The Climbing Tree promotional image.