Regional Cultural Fund projects in our region
Condensed from four to two rounds, over $10 million will go to Central West cultural infrastructure projects from the NSW government’s Regional Cultural Fund, but who got what?
Arts and cultural infrastructure projects in towns and cities across regional NSW will benefit from a share in $47 million available through round two of the State’s Regional Cultural Fund.
Funds have been awarded to 56 regional cultural infrastructure projects, including for regional public library infrastructure projects as well as support for the creation and installation of artist-led public art.
In the Arts OutWest region nine projects will share $10,120,613. The projects range from facilities upgrades to co-funding of the new Central Tablelands Collection Facility in Bathurst.
Round One was announced in 2018. Round two was announced February 2019.
Arts OutWest understands that there were other project applications from our region that did miss out on this funding.
Bathurst Regional Council, Memorial Entertainment Centre facilities upgrade – ($79,254) The City Hall of the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) will receive many upgrades, including the installation of a rectangular grid truss, signal and power reticulation, replacement of scenery battens used for scenery and lighting, a wireless communication system for the Hall and Theatre and the replacement of the theatre sound console. These upgrades will ensure the City Hall and BMEC are able to accommodate the requirements of a diverse range of performances and stage designs to support future productions.
Lithgow City Council, Union Theatre Development – ($775,664) Lithgow’s Union Theatre will be transformed to support increased participation in a thriving arts and cultural sector in the local community and region. The project involves enhancing the back-of-house facilities, upgrading audio and lighting equipment, new lifts, staging, curtains and dress room facilities.
Orange City Council, Regional Gallery extension – ($4,052,990) Extending the Orange Regional Gallery will provide additional storage and exhibition spaces and enable the gallery to resume acquiring modern and contemporary works. It will then be able to capitalise on its current reputation through the increased exhibition of those works, ensuring its continuing relevance as a collecting institution for future generations.
Parkes Shire Council, Library expansion – ($2,000,000) Parkes Shire Library will reinvent itself with an innovative and modern expansion project to deliver new dynamic art and cultural spaces including a gallery and an intergenerational maker space. The new architect-designed indoor and outdoor space will also provide areas for children’s programs, meetings, quiet study, connecting with technology, and green space. The communities of Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle, Tullamore, Cookamidgera and Bogan Gate will benefit.
The CORRIDOR project, Museum of Vast Exchange (MOVE) ($142,715) Funding will develop a prototype for a fully relocatable Museum of Visual Exchange (MOVE), selfcontained exhibition venue. A temporal museum based on a commercial building typology providing a hermetic environment to connect arts, sites & communities. The concept for MOVE is born out of a recognition that there are severe restrictions and limitations for the display of gallery and museum-based exhibitions outside of major institutions. Consideration of the limited access and exchange experienced by communities and audiences who are not traditionally reached through major art institutions has motivated this project
Central Tablelands Collection Facility ($2,300,000) This large, new purpose-built collection facility in Bathurst will accommodate valuable and fragile collections, archives and other significant cultural items. It will also provide much needed storage, along with collection management services including cataloguing, preventative and material conservation treatment, curatorial inspection of collections, digitisation, a virtual classroom and onsite learning facilities.
Fairbridge Children’s Farm Park ($500,000) RCF funding will go toward establishing a heritage education point relating to the 1000 British child migrants sent to Fairbridge Farm, Molong. Through interpretive walks and linked online information, the space will provide visitors and locals with an understanding of the children’s journey to Molong and their lives at the farm.
Grenfell Community Arts Centre Refurbishment ($220,000) The old c1920’s Grenfell Public School building is used by Grenfell Dramatic Society Inc. and Grenfell Arts and Crafts Group to foster the arts in Grenfell. This project will allow the repair, restoration, repainting and preservation of the facility’s nine rooms and hall.
Refining Condobolin Museum to Embrace the Visitor Economy ($49,990) The Condobolin and District Museum is prominently located in the town’s main street. RCF funding will allow the Historical Society to improve the museum’s offerings with new display cases and interpretation. The works will enable improved visitor management and provide a secure environment for volunteers staffing the centre.
Cover image: Orange Regional Gallery