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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

Arts funding for regional communities

Media release
1 July 2010

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The Australian Government is supporting home-grown arts activities in regional Australia with more than $660,000 for 68 new regional arts projects.

Arts Minister Peter Garrett said the funding supports innovative and exciting cultural projects created by local artists living in regional Australia.

"Through the Regional Arts Fund, artists work with members of regional communities to bring vibrant arts and cultural experiences, including workshops, festivals and performances to regional and remote communities," Mr Garrett said.

"Regional arts funding also benefits regional and remote community economies by employing artists and developing their skills, as well as attracting tourists. These projects also bring communities together and are a source of inspiration and discussion.

"One of the many projects is in the Fitzroy Valley region of Western Australia where four local Indigenous artists, from each of the four main language groups, will conduct workshops for school students in basket weaving, painting, animation and traditional artifact making and carving," Mr Garrett said.

Other highlights from the projects funded include:

The Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund is delivered by the peak regional arts organisation in each state, and by government arts departments in the territories.

For more information, visit the Regional Arts Australia website 

Regional Arts Fund Project - Round 1 recipients

A total of $666,927of Regional Arts Funding has been allocated to 68 projects.

Arts NT 8 projects $104,360
Country Arts SA 20 projects $150,090
Country Arts WA 8 projects $98,626
Queensland Arts Council 9 projects $141,051
Regional Arts Victoria 9 projects $88,500
Tasmanian Regional Arts 14 projects $84,300


Murrnginy -New forms in East Arnhem metal
Funding: $10,000

The project will give experienced wood sculptors in East Arnhem land mentoring from a professional mould maker in their own community to expand their capacity to prepare moulds for casting into bronze or other media. To experiment with different moulding media and techniques to find what fits the artists' styles and their remote location.

DanceSite 2010 and Strategic Planning for DanceSite 2011-2013
Funding: $20,000

Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring Inc will transform DanceSite as the central showcase event within an innovative regional model to increase opportunities for traditional Indigenous dance development in the NT. Reinvention of DanceSite will be expressed through a process of community engagement, capacity building and ownership by establishing and facilitating a collaborative governing committee of artists and cross-sector organisations in the region to oversee the event.

Associate Indigenous Producer - Professional Development
Funding: $9,960

Darwin performance artist, Benjamin Graetz will be mentored by Creative Producer, Alex Ben-Mayor of 32 degrees Browns Mart Producing Hub and Bec Allen, Creative Producer of Darwin Festival, Bec Allen. The focus is to gain a working understanding of producing professional works for main-stage and independent theatre spaces for local and major Festivals.

Which Shakespeare?
Funding: $15,000

Arts Access Darwin and CemeNT Worx Theatre will workshop and develop a performance by a mixed ability theatre group. Four young adults and one teenager with disability will join with the other young adults to workshop, develop and stage two performances for the Darwin Festival and one performance for Disability Awareness Week 2010.

Production Mentoring Program
Funding: $9,905

The Production Mentoring Program has been designed to provide Darwin Stage and Production Manager, Kelly Blumberg with a platform to increase her knowledge of production management. This will be achieved through a mentorship with an established production manager, working alongside them on a creative development and production project at the Malthouse in Melbourne, a renowned venue and production house.

The Namatjira Project
Funding: $15,290

The Namatjira project is a pilot presentation of the Namatjira theatrical work and watercolour exhibition at the Araluen Art Centre. Developed through a participatory process, the work tells the iconic Territorian story of internationally acclaimed Indigenous watercolour artist Albert Namatjira, and is accompanied by an exhibition by contemporary Namatjira family artists.

The Patteran Project: Stage One
Funding: $5,530

The Patteran Project is a three stage contemporary puppetry and multi-arts performance development project that will animate narratives from Central Australia through interpretation of imagery from the art works of Sally Mumford. Stage 1 will be undertaken as an artists residency and collaboration between Sally Mumford and WA puppetry artist and performance maker Karen Hethey to develop the initial script, dramaturgical treatment and preliminary puppet prototypes.

Dunganda Street Sounds Live' - Festival of Darwin 2010
Funding: $18,675

Dunganda Street Sounds -New Tracks from Ramingining is a CD/DVD project produced last year with the Ramingining community. This year the Dunganda Group have been invited to perform a concert as part of the Darwin Festival 2010. This will require extended rehearsals and pre-production in both Ramingining and Darwin.


Ophelia's Shadow Theatre
Funding: $12,000

Ophelia's Shadow Theatre is an inter generational Puppet-Theatre project, celebrating the elderly. Puppetry artists Tis Milner-Nichols and Tony Hannan are key artists. Young people will work with project artists & elderly residents.

PressureLands - Stage 1 - Community Consultation & Early Creative Development
Funding: $3,000

A professional development opportunity for emerging Riverland Theatre & Community Artist Alysha Herrmann to lead community consultation followed by creative development with a youth theatre ensemble towards the first draft of script called, 'PressureLands’.

Ripples in the Water (working title)
Funding: $18,300

A professional curator will assist the Murray Bridge community to conduct workshops with Ngarrindjeri artists and also mentor a young Aboriginal artist to curate an exhibition -'Ripples in the Water -working title' as an outcome of the project.

Historical Novel based on life in 1880's Kadina - 'Secrets'
Funding: $500

To assist writer Roger Norris-Green to conduct research, including travel costs associated with completing a trilogy of fiction works about Kadina and the Yorke Peninsula. The final work entitled 'secrets' will incorporate local Indigenous stories and people, never published in a novel before.

Funding: $6,000

5X5 is five x-art, x-generation and x-community youth arts projects converging into a celebration of 25 years of art by young people. The projects will include stories, artworks, dance and movement, circus skills, writing and group devised performances.

Feral Foods
Funding: $9,000

Feral Foods is a community project involving people of the Central Flinders Ranges contributing stories, interviews, research and film materials for a collaborative film project exploring traditions, subcultures and stories of life that revolve around foods and flavours.

Arid Sculptural Event #4 – Workshops
Funding: $3,300

This project covers the In The Bin Short Film Festival/Workshop and a basket making workshop with Virginia Kaiser and is part of the Arid Sculptural Event #4 program.

Funding: $4,540

A musical experience involving 60 youth from the community, writing, producing and recording a song that is ready to be played over air.

Andamooka Bohemian Cabaret
Funding: $3,200

The Bohemian Cabaret matches local musicians with visiting professional musicians to produce a concert of Australian music as part of the Andamooka Opal Festival.

Murray Bridge Children's Centre Community Arts Project 'As part of the 'Murray Bridge Regional Centre of Culture'
Funding: $14,788

The 'Murray Bridge Children Centre's Community Arts Project' will provide an opportunity for individuals of all ages, physical abilities and cultural backgrounds to engage in design and construction of mosaic pillars, murals and seats that will be situated at the Murray Bridge Children's Centre.

'Do you remember when....?'
Funding: $4,602

This Centenary project will bring together past, present and future visual imagery of this region, depicted in a public artwork, on a significant site at Tumby Bay.

Youth Versus Alcohol
Funding: $5,000

This project will engage the big hART team to undertake an extensive community consultation and research process throughout the Limestone Coast Area.

2010 Fleurieu Folk Festival 'Step into the Music' Workshops Program
Funding: $8,500

A feature workshop program within the Fleurieu Folk Festival that enables performers in the local community and Fleurieu Regionto access the unique skills, experience and knowledge provided by visiting professional performers through a series of workshops. We expect them to gain expertise that will assist them to further develop their own careers and help create further performance opportunities.

Writing for the Stage
Funding: $9,113

To develop local writing for the stage and produce 'Island Life 2011' a performance of theatre pieces written specifically for the stage.

Real 2 Real OskaBrightSA
Funding: $5,000

Tutti Ensemble will consult with regional communities and disability organisations and artists to develop a film making project similar to the Oska Bright model & involving disabled artists.

Earth to Spirit Spring Fair
Funding: $2,775

The Earth to Spirit Spring Fair will include performing and visual art workshop programs, which will contain a culturally diverse range of art practices through hands on participation in a 'village type fair' environment.

UpRaw Workshops
Funding: $1,700

A program to develop the skills of 70 young people in circus skills, clowning/stage combat, dance and acting for preparation towards a performing arts festival.

Queer Gifted and Blak 4 (QGB4)
Funding: $18,540

'Queer Gifted and Blak' is a project of Feast Festival. The project will provide mentoring and skills development for regional and remote Indigenous performers, dancers and songwriters who identify as transgender or queer. The project provides a series of workshops which will develop skills and provide a performance outcome on the theme of family.

'Play Me I'm Yours' Piano Murals Project
Funding: $14,490

In 2011, the Come Out Festival will deliver 'Play Me, I'm Yours' in South Australia as a statewide community public art (mural) and music program for children and the general public; including regional and remote areas, people with a disability, young people from a variety of cultural backgrounds and Aboriginal people.

Funding: $5,742

Tasmanian artists Ruth Rees and Pam Thorne will conduct workshops on creating papier-mache sculptures as a community art project, reflecting the culture, diversity and historical development of Peterborough and District. The community will collaborate with the project artists to fabricate sculptural works depicting significant local characters and events that reflect local culture and the diversity of the local communities.


Nguyuru Warringarrem Halls Creek Music Workshops
Funding: $15,000

This project provides for music and dance development workshops in Halls Creek. These will be held and are budgeted separately from the inaugural Nguyuru Warringarrem Halls Creek Music Festival to be held at the same time (August 27-29, 2010). The workshops are a response to the professional developmental needs identified by local performers themselves.

Theatre Production – Amy
Funding: $3,000

A series of community workshops as a prelude to the production of a professionally directed play. 'Amy' is the epic family saga concerning a woman orphaned in Ballarat, who moved to WAand had 12 children, and as matriarch experienced the effects of World Wars 1 and 2, and Vietnam. The play will be set in and relevant to the Great Southern region.

Living Histories
Funding: $10,000

The project will employ an Indigenous and non-Indigenous artist to facilitate community participation in the design, development and making of public artworks to be installed at various locations throughout the town of Serpentine and environs. The trail will highlight traditional and contemporary Indigenous and non-Indigenous sites of significance.

Mandjar Kwoorabup
Funding: $18,000

A three-week residency in Denmark, artist Sandra Hill will work with two apprentices to create Indigenous site-specific art and associated cultural ceremony along the new Kwoorabup Art Walk Trail on the Denmark River. Workshops will be run providing training for Indigenous artists from the Great Southern in site-specific art.

Kimberley Writer's Festival
Funding: $17,730

Organised by the Kununurra Community Library, supported by the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley and the Kununurra District High School, the Festival entertains and inspires the residents of, and visitors to, the East Kimberley with a variety of authors, musicians, songwriters, storytellers and illustrators who share theirlife stories, expertise and love of the written and spoken word.

Funding: $10,000

An artistic interpretation of the places and laws of the Bindjareb people by Tjyllyungoo Lance Chadd and an exhibition based upon these outcomes involving community workshops.

Collaboration WA Bunbury 2010
Funding: $9,896

A workshop will provide the opportunity for artists that work in various mediums to collaborate. Public demonstrations and a public auction of all works created at the workshop will engage the local community.

Fitzroy Stories
Funding: $15,000

Four local Indigenous artists from each of the four main language groups will work within the Fitzroy Valley schools to provide demonstrations and workshops to students in basket weaving, painting, animation and traditional artefact making and carving.


Mosaic Installation
Funding: $8,136

This project will engage mosaic artist Claudia Williams for a week to do workshops in Blackall with children and adults from the church and wider communityto develop a concept and mosaic installation.

Way Out West
Funding: $25,000

Way Out West offers young people creative skills and enterprise development activities previously unavailable in the region, opening up new career pathways in the creative industries in Central West, Queensland. This includes 26 days of workshops covering a wide array of topics including social and creative enterprise,arts practice from visual arts to drama, digital music, film and event production. The project will offer ongoingmentoring and a community showcase to highlight the talent and artworks of young people.

The final racket from Bizoo
Funding: $15,000

To create a 'best of' anthology of the Arts and Music Street Magazine Bizoo and thus preserve a dynamic niche in Toowoomba and Queensland's cultural history.

Water Wars
Funding: $10,895

The creative development of the play script Water Wars; a comic exploration of our communities in drought, with both regional and metropolitan performers. Umber will facilitate an online collection of community stories and will bring metropolitan and regional artists together to develop the script. Emerging artists will be seconded to the development to enhance skill development.

Freedom Stories
Funding: $26,480

Indigenous men and women in Townsville Correctional Complex will work with Bush TV and Townsville Indigenous artists to develop creative stories to launch the world's first prisoner-produced CCTV Channel. The 20 participants will learn film and new media arts to tell their story and broadcast it to 500 in-cell screens in the complex to be part of a national effort to reduce Indigenous incarceration and recidivism.

Reconnect at Normanton
Funding: $23,500

A community arts program: producing a video of an Indigenous story, bringing together elders and young people in video making, engaging the wider community in screen arts workshops: story telling, scripting, storyboarding, song writing, music making, dance and performance, culminating in a community concert featuring songs and new video.

AFCM Winterschool masterclass
Funding: $9,965

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music will bring Synergy Percussion to Townsville to be part of the Winterschools Programme. Synergy will conduct masterclasses and provide intensive training to young percussion musicians in Townsville.

NOCTURNAL - youth after dark
Funding: $10,000

This projects unearths and brings together young emerging and independent Townsville artists from various disciplines over a six week period. They are mentored by the project director, costume designer and professional actors to connect and develop skills.

Other Cairns
Funding: $12,075

Other Cairns is a multimedia project that aims to capture images of Cairns and present in an online gallery and portal and through a young'artists' exhibition' and associated workshops.


Norm and Elsie's Art Safari
Funding: $5,000

A performance piece starring alter egos Norm and Elsie Miller using their old caravan to tour local art and artefacts around the South-West and beyond.

The Zingaro Music Festival
Funding: $4,800

The Zingaro Festival Project will bring Eastern European music and dance to communities along the Calder Highway. Leading musicians in Klezmer, Gypsy and regional Eastern European Music will run workshops to develop skills for local musicians as well as audiences across Greater Bendigo, Mt Alexander and Macedon Ranges.

Funding: $15,000

Leading multi-media artists and local artists will work with the youth of Southern Grampians Shire to create multi-media art works and images to be projected onto local historical buildings.

Foothills Family Music Camp
Funding: $14,700

The Foothills Family Music Camp is a biennial community celebration of music, dance, circus, performance and visual arts for families and all ages. The 2010 event has engaged local community arts facilitators, Eva Grunden and Heather Coulston in the planning and implementation of the camp along with thirteen other artists.

'Married to a Blockie' A history of the women of Robinvale
Funding: $5,000

Kerang artist, Kerryn Finch, will work with the Euston Robinvale Historical Society and Rural Life Museum to create a number of paintings reflecting the social history of the women of Robinvale, the wives of returned soldiers, the stories of the women of Robinvale in the post WW2 era of the Soldier Settlement Blocks, culminating in an exhibition in 2011.

Funding: $9,000

A community cultural development project that will produce a permanent sculpture installation of great cultural and environmental significance. Located in the heart of Lakes Entrance it will be a meeting place for all.

Groundwork Youth Theatre
Funding: $5,000

To establish a youth theatre company to provide opportunities for local young people to develop theatre skills and performance opportunities in the Wellington region.

Resourcing regional and remote communities (R3: Bass Coast)
Funding: $15,000

Visionary Images will be in residence with the YMCA Bass Coast and work with local artist Trevor Wheeler on a workshop program and exhibition with young people using a range of media artwork in high profile public locations.

The Creation Story [Pondi 2 working title]
Funding: $15,000

The Creation Story, Pondi 2 (working title), is a multi-artform project with the Indigenous Community of Swan Hill culminating in a performance event for the opening the of the Go North Arts Festival.


Funding: $10,000

To install two temporary sculpture interventions: 'chimney' in Civic Square & 'squall' in Firstbasin, Cataract Gorge. Sculpting on site, student workshops and artist talks at 'Junction' conference and across Launceston.

CMST Tasmania Touring Network
Funding: $10,000

Establish a regional touring network for Tasmanian original contemporary musicians. CMST will curate four touring events across five regional areas including the South, Midlands, East and West Coasts and the North West to open up regional licensed venues towards the regular on-going hosting of original musicians from across the state.

The Oyster’s Locale
Funding: $10,000

Arts Alive Inc. as part of Junction 2010, will coordinate the exhibition 'The Oyster's Locale' as part of Junction 2010. Artworks are from regionally based emerging and early career Australian Contemporary artists.

Tasmanian Ballet Community Outreach Program
Funding: $10,000

The Tasmanian Ballet Company will present its community outreach programme to regional primary and district high schools. The outreach program will support a series of Schools Dance Workshops and a People's Day of engaging with ballet as an artform.

The Island Exchange project
Funding: $10,000

This global project sees a uniquely Tasmanian youth production performed in Newfoundland, Canada and stories from Canada told here in regional Australia as part of Tasmania's flagship international festival, Ten Days on the Island.

In between
Funding: $10,000

A multi media arts project incorporating large-scale projections and sound scapes co-produced by two creative teams - one urban, one regionally based. The works will be premiered at Currie, King Island as part of Ten Days on the Island festival.

Funding: $5,000

The Oceans of Wealth project aims to produce an artwork created in conjunction with the residents of Bishop Davies Court Nursing Home.

BASKETMAKING; from vegetation to vessel
Funding: $2,450

A series of five workshops and an exhibition of basketmaking by Tasmanian Basketmakers Association as a creative component of the school holiday program at the Imaginarium Science Centre in Devonport.

Funding: $2,950

Pleaides is a temporary site specific sculptural installation involving atleast 10,000 cream felt spheres of varying sizes created as community projects to represent and include the hopes, dreams and conversations by communities.

Tasmanian 1:100,000 Mapping the Island – Touring
Funding: $3,800

The grant will cover fees for curatorial, research and development time for Tasmanian artists - Penny Carey-Wells and Diane Perndt to create a New Visual-Arts Community Project by reconfiguring the Tasmania 1:100,000 Mapping the Island exhibition into an exciting, compact, stimulating exhibition suitable for all Regional Arts venues.

4th Island Cultural Exchange
Funding: $2,000

A cultural exchange program between isolated students from Lilydale District School and students from Cape Barren Island and King Island.

Cafe Writers @ Junction 2010
Funding: $2,000

The Tasmanian Writers Centre in conjunction with Junction 2010 is mounting a project in which a team of Tasmanian poets, novelists and journalists will take up residence in several of Launceston's most prominent cafes. From the 26th to the 29th of August these humble scribes will put aside the usual daily struggle forinspiration and take up their pens on behalf of the public.

Hook a Jewel
Funding: $1,100

In a cosy corner of the Junction 2010 arts festival members of the Happy Hookers Hook Rugmakers will assist participants to make a 6' x 6' "friendship square" out of colourful recycled carpet factory wool.

The Green Room
Funding: $5,000

To support writer Katherine Johnson to complete the next draft of The Green Room - a novel, set in Tasmania, about first love and first people.

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