Five regional WA artists and orgs receive federal funding
The Australian Government will invest $90,230 in regional Western Australian creative projects through the Regional Arts Fund; a funding initiative managed in Western Australia by Country Arts WA.
Creative projects will be delivered to strengthen regional and remote communities in the Gascoyne, Goldfields-Esperance, Great Southern, South West and Mid West regions of WA.
A total of five projects will be supported through the Regional Arts Fund, including two artists who will pursue unique professional and creative development opportunities in their respective art forms of theatre and visual arts, and three organisations which will deliver community-based projects providing opportunities for artists and communities to develop new work, new skills, build cultural networks and preserve language and stories.
Paul MacPhail, Country Arts WA’s Executive Director, says “It is exciting to see the breadth and quality of projects that are generated from, and nurtured in, regional communities. In the last couple of years, the demand in WA for the Regional Arts Fund has grown by 29%, with a significant increase of individuals putting up their hands to develop and lead arts and culture projects”.
A panel of arts and culture community leaders assessed the applications, Chair of the Regional Arts Fund WA Panel, Sonya Dye says, “I wish more people had the opportunity to sit on this panel because the diversity and quality of the applications we assess each round would amaze anyone with an interest in regional WA. The creativity, innovative thinking, wish to engage with and support our communities in meaningful ways and the desire to celebrate our regional places on display in this round was inspiring.
Funding constraints mean the panel has a very difficult task in that it is only able to recommend a fraction of the applications each round, despite there being an incredibly strong field of contenders and this was most certainly the case in this round. I would like to thank all the applicants for their efforts to deliver outstanding arts activities to regional WA and to my colleagues on the panel for their thoughtfulness and commitment to the regional arts and cultural sectors”.
The Regional Arts Fund is one way the Australian Government supports regional artists and arts organisations to develop their artistic practice and produce works and experiences to benefit their local communities. The Regional Arts Fund is administered on behalf of the Australian Government by Regional Arts Australia and its member organisations which includes Country Arts WA.
The Project Fund is now accepting applications for projects which begin after 1 January 2020. Applications close 23 August. Apply now at www.countryartswa.asn.au/projectfund.
For more information on the successful applicants see the full release.