Norpa will be unveiling their latest locally-developed work, Dreamworld, in November.
Norpa will be unveiling their latest locally-developed work, Dreamworld, in November. Contributed

Arts Northern Rivers “deeply concerned” about funding cuts

Arts Northern Rivers is "deeply concern" about the impact of the recent funding cuts to the arts, with possible job loses in the regional Australia arts sector.

Last week, the Australia Council for the Arts announced funding outcomes for those companies seeking four-year funding.

"Arts Northern Rivers feels these cuts will have wide-ranging and long-lasting consequences on the cultural health of regional Australia," the arts organisation said in a statement.

The statement was the response to the funding cuts from Art Northern Rivers CEO, Peter Wood.

"Immediate effects include job loses and a review of artistic programs. The long-term consequences will impact on all levels of our cultural discourse and most disturbingly result in a diminished regional voice," Mr Wood said.

"The announcement outlined the devastating reality that many of our country's finest small to medium companies were either cut or unsuccessful in their applications," the communication added.

The statement highlighted the impact in local arts after Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) had their application for four year funding rejected.

"While this result isn't a fatal blow to the company, the wider arts community and audiences in our region will feel its effect," he said.

"Four year funding would have given our peak performing arts company the opportunity to grow their Generator program".

NORPA General manager Patrick Healy confirmed yesterday that no 2016 show will be affected by the rejected bid and that the company will be announcing a 2017 season as usual, including Dreamland, a show currently being developed locally by the company.

Mr Healy confirmed the four-year funding submission by NORPA for $266,000 a year was to boost its production of local content via a new program called Training Ground.



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