Northern Rivers arts to benefit from state grants
ALMOST one third of funding across regional NSW from the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund will go to the Northern Rivers.
The $128,755 will be awarded to six arts organisations from the Northern Rivers which will help deliver high quality, community-engaged arts projects and will directly benefit artists living in the region.
Elizabeth Rogers, CEO of Regional Arts NSW said there was a significant increase with 73 applications received and over $1.5 million requested as compared to 54 applications last year.
“This round of the Regional Arts Fund was particularly competitive due to the extremely high standard of many applications,” she said.
Where the money went
Arts Northern Rivers received $25,000 for their region-wide multi‐arts projects, If These Halls Could Talk.
Designed to celebrate the significance of the humble community hall, If These Halls Could Talk will engage professional artists to work with seven communities across the Northern Rivers to tell the unique narrative of their hall.
Arts Northern Rivers CEO Peter Wood said the level of funding for projects from the Northern Rivers is testament to the creativity of arts and cultural organisations in the region.
Dance Integrated Australia were successful for funding to deliver Raconteurs; a series of disability‐inclusive skills development workshops as part of their The Corner Residency Program.
NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) received funding to create Dreamer, a dynamic new theatre work inspired by stories and people in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
‘Post-disability’ arts organisation RealArtworks will deliver a partnership project called The Useless Assembly.
The Useless Assembly will facilitate a cultural exchange between artists with and without disability from the Northern Rivers and Wagga Wagga and Polish band Remont Pomp to develop a series of site specific performance based works.
“These projects have a strong community engagement focus and will offer professional development opportunities for artists as well as strategic partnerships with organisation outside of the region,” Mr Wood said.