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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Regional Arts Funding coming to Central West region

Art Indemnity Australia

Six projects in the NSW Central West (including one of our own!) and a further state-wide project including artists from our region will be supported in 2024 by the Regional Arts Fund.

The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund (RAF) will provide $625,694.90 to support 28 new projects in regional, rural, and remote New South Wales in 2024.

Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, congratulated the recipients and their contributions to Australia’s arts scene:

“Supporting the arts isn’t just about the biggest venues in the capital cities.

“It’s about every part of Australia.

“That’s why we nearly doubled support for the Regional Arts Fund and that decision is now reverberating into every corner of Australia.”

RANSW CEO, Dr Tracey Callinan OAM, commented:

“Once again, the calibre of these projects supported by the Regional Arts Fund in NSW showcase the creativity of our regional arts organisations from all sections of the state, from Coonamble to Cobargo. This year, we’ve seen a substantial increase in the number of applications, especially screen-based projects. The continuing success of First Nations applications to this program is to be celebrated.”

Projects funded in the NSW Central West include:

Arts OutWest’s own project ‘CW2050 – An (im)possible Festival’ which we will certainly tell you more about next year. Here’s the blurb: “CW2050 is a speculative multi-arts festival project celebrating creative potential and imaginative force of Central West NSW artists, through community engagement, professional skills enhancement and creative development. Eight artists are to conceive a bold, ambitious artwork imagined to be presented in the year 2050, creating a fictional festival program that articulates optimistic, aspiration visions of regional arts and culture.”

In collaboration with Arts Northern Rivers (who’ll lead the project) we’ll be supporting The Groundfloor Kandos in 2024, a grassroots regional art sector development initiative designed to build capacity, develop networks, and improve opportunity pathways for regional artists engaging with small to medium arts organisations from across NSW and interstate. Seventy regional artists will gather in Kandos in March 2024 for three days of networking, professional development and engagement with other regional practitioners and a raft of both regional and urban organisations with opportunities to participate in their programs. Lots more to come on this next year.

Also a project we’ll be involved in, the Aboriginal Regional Arts Alliance (NSW) Aboriginal Corporation (of which Arts OutWest is a member) have been funded for ‘Unique Identities’ a state-wide professional development project for Aboriginal artists and arts workers from regional NSW to build capacity and resilience of participants while inspiring them to immerse themselves in the exploration of their own unique cultural identity.

We’re are really excited to see a project Arts OutWest previously supported through a CASP (Country Arts Support Program) grant step to the next stage with a RAF grant. ‘Pyros’ is a short film from award-winning Central West filmmaker Samuel Rodwell. It’s an emotionally-charged drama with thrilling action and cinéma-vérité addressing pertinent themes about youth crime impacting Australian rural communities. It will feature as part of the Orange Winter Fire Festival hosted by Orange360 in August 2024.

Mudgee Arts Precinct’s ‘Legacy’ exhibition will investigate 200 years of First Nations’ experience of legacy – what is inherited and what is left behind. Coinciding with NAIDOC week, it examines 200 years since martial law was declared and the subsequent massacres. The exhibition will contain new works by regionally-based Aboriginal artists complemented by art from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection that also examine various stages in Aboriginal history and their subsequent impacts.

Lithgow Comedy Festival will be supported. Building on the success of previous Lithgow Comedy Festivals, the 2024 festival will comprise of three shows in larger venues than previous. The festival employs locals and allows opportunity for the local comic talent and tech staff.

Bathurst City Colts Sporting Club have been funded for a mural celebrating 50 years of the club. Fifty years come to life in a mural painting by a young regional artist that portrays the culture and spirit of past
and present club volunteers and participants.

Congratulations to all the recipients across the state. See the full list here

We also know that for every successful funding application many other really great projects and idea miss out.

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program administered by Regional Arts Australia and Regional Arts NSW that supports sustainable, cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. The funding is targeted at activities that will have long term cultural, economic, and social benefits for individuals and the community through the development of partnerships and cultural networks, by providing artists with professional development and employment opportunities, and by supporting arts and community development. The Regional Arts Fund plays a key role in the Australian Government’s National Cultural Policy Revive: a place for every story, a story for every place. Revive provides an increase to the Regional Arts Fund of $8.5 million over four years from 2023-24, recognising the importance of the arts in strengthening local communities.