Regional arts have the power to change lives. They make our regional communities better places to live, contribute to economic growth and give people a sense of belonging.
Country Arts WA is the only Western Australian arts body with a purely regional focus. Established in 1994, we are an independent, membership-based, not-for-profit organisation supported by State and Federal Government funding.
The organisation represents the regional arts sector, this means every artist, arts-worker, arts and cultural organisation, and organisation or group which has regional programs in WA.
Country Arts WA understands that each region has its diverse communities, imperatives, cultural requirements and challenges. We honour these distinctive communities by coordinating a series of investment, advisory, partnership and presenting offerings which are flexible, innovative and relevant.
Our service delivery is a diverse suite of programs including funding for arts projects large and small; development support for key regional arts organisations and artists: opportunities for the state peak organisations to develop regional programs; youth and First Nations’ specific projects; and an extensive professional performing arts touring program.
Recognised as a lead organisation of the arts, Country Arts WA is the peak Western Australian body for regional arts and culture, and a member of Regional Arts Australia – a national network with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.
To celebrate and strengthen a powerful regional arts sector
Connected and creative regional communities making Western Australia a better place to live
Trusted – We are approachable, listen with respect and respond reliably and honestly. We strive for continuous improvement and accountability
Brave – We expect change and are a catalyst for positive adventure. We challenge disadvantage to make courageous, regions-first choices.
Curious – We question everything we do for relevance, actively seeking diversity and innovation. We value unique experiences.
Involved – Relationships are fundamental. We are open with information, consult where possible, pursue partnerships and collaborate when relevant.
Our 5 Year Strategic Plan (2019-2023)
Feedback collected from major surveys and key stakeholders, including representatives from the regional arts sector and communities, we have created our new strategic plan for the next 5 years which will build upon the strong foundations of regional WA culture. The five key strategies in the plan includes stimulating activity and investment, advancing regional arts value, coordinating networks and relationships, building skills and wellbeing, and championing diversity and inclusiveness.