RAF Project Grants Recipients

RAF Project Grants Recipients

The following recipients successfully received funding through the Regional Arts Fund Project Grant.

Project Grants are intended to assist arts and cultural development projects that meet the objectives and eligibility criteria of the Regional Arts Fund (RAF).

The aim is to support regional and remote communities, and individual artists to create high quality arts projects that develop partnerships and networks, broaden community engagement and increase employment and professional development opportunities for regional and remote artists.

Find out more on our funding page.



 Gwendolyn Knox | $29,000 | Kimberley

Scones with Nanna tour of Wheatbelt WA

Nanna’s story emerges through the fog of dementia. This work is a truth-telling that exposes secrets hidden for generations. Nanna was born rough, raised posh and taught to forget.

The setting begins in 1972, tracing back 100 years of history to tell the story of how families dealt with rapid changes and the trauma caused by the Aborigines Act 1905,  which forced Indigenous mothers to make horrific decisions about what do to with their mixed-race children.

This site specific, multi  work commences production in 2023, ready to tour WA regional towns Moora, Toodyay, Beverley, and finishing at the York Festival.

Sky River  | $29,124 |South West
The Marri Tree Girl – Creative Development Stage

The Marri Tree Girl is an original puppet-based initiative by Sky River, providing  opportunities for regional artists to collaborate on a new piece of Western Australian theatre.

Weaving worlds of science and storytelling, this fictional work experiments with various art-forms including puppetry, digital media, film, music and contemporary performance to explore ecological themes. The Creative Development Stage funds a team of skilled regional performers to upskill in puppetry, explore the script and integrate digital media at Margaret River HEART. An interactive showing will invite  groups and industry professionals who have previously engaged in the show’s development.

Southern Edge Arts | $20,029 | Great Southern
Living on the Edge Festival

Living on the Edge is a festival of youth performing arts. Held in Albany, the festival includes the presentation of four contemporary youth devised performances across each weekend in October. 

Regional Youth will create and present cabaret, circus, theatre and fire performances that are  to audiences in the Great Southern Region.

Denmark Baroque | $21,800 | Great Southern
Fairy Queen: The Carnival

Fairy Queen: The Carnival is a multi-disciplinary semi-opera which creates opportunities for skilled professionals in a range of creative disciplines to mentor  creatives and community members across Western Australia’s Great Southern region.

This large community project explores Denmark Baroque’s historically and contemporarily uneasy relationship with the ‘wild’, physically and psychologically. The performance outcome is Baroque Opera and Shakespeare laced with a vaudeville blend of circus, contemporary poetry and immersive theatre, which will be presented on the banks of the Kwoorabup River (Denmark) on Labour Day weekend 2024.

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah  | $21,968.00| Peel
The language of birds

Abdul-Rahman will create a new body of work ‘The language of birds’ and present at the Melbourne Art Fair representing gallery Moore Contemporary in February 2024.

Birds are a repeated motif in Abdul’s work, exploring ideas of communication, language, and symbolism. ‘The language of birds’ furthers his investigations into modes of communication with the natural world with a suite of sculptures embodying the fragmentation of ideas when turned into objects and language. Expanding on the Sufi (Islamic mysticism) tradition of a ‘Divine language’ encoded within birdsong, the works question the limits of language in communicating an objective understanding of the natural world.

 Kelsie Miller | $13,230.24 |Mid West
Always Good Nights

Good Nights are boutique music events held in regional Western Australia, with a focus on connecting local communities with live music.

Each show will take place in a unique setting that is not a traditional music venue, such as churches, art galleries and local businesses. These shows are a safe and welcoming space where songwriters can share their music with an audience who are actively listening and engaged, creating an environment that is a celebration of music between the artist and the listener. Good Nights work closely with local businesses, arts workers and musicians in regional centres to create these special events.

Dane Yates | $20,000 | Mid West
Etude; Midwest Art Music Ensemble

Etude will be Geraldton’s first experimental art music ensemble and the only one of its nature in the Mid West region dedicated to offering exciting newly commissioned works from regional composers performed by an ensemble of local performers.

This initial development will lay the groundwork for the ensemble’s musical direction and philosophy, establish strong partnerships throughout the Mid West and generate movement for programming community engagement opportunities which will benefit the wider community via workshops and lead to collaborative compositions and mentoring with a focus on First Nations youth. This project will culminate in Etude’s premier performance in the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery.

Cara Ratajczak | $27,864 | South West
Cowara Bird Project

The Cowara Bird Project is a story-telling contemporary dance performance engaging children in the local community to celebrate the Noongar Cowara story.

The town of Cowaramup has been known to the local Wardandi people as the place of the Cowara, the purple crowned lorikeet, for thousands of years. This vibrant performance brings light to the story of the Cowara bird in a meaningful and creative way to broaden the community’s connection to the essence of Cowaramup and its Wardandi history.

Southern Forest Arts | $30,000 | South West
Cultivating connections & creative leadership –  2023 Regional Visual Arts Summit

An estimated 40 creative leaders from across all 9 regions of WA will participate in a 3-day Summit held in Perth to focus collective energy on increased connection, collaboration and sustainability within WA’s regional visual arts sector.

 of emerging–to-established and independent-to-employed artists, arts workers and arts organisation representatives ensures a whole of sector approach to  building, with free registration and access to travel bursaries if required. This multi-agency initiative amplifies the impact of the Open Borders survey exhibition and dovetails with the current review of the regional exhibition touring strategy.

Marninwarntikura Womens Resource Centre | $19,760 | Kimberley
Weaving in feelings of flood

The initial idea planned by Marnin Studio was a  project with a goal to link local women who weave with their contemporaries in the Pilbara, however, the flooding across the Fitzroy Valley has reduced the scope and brought the project back closer to home.

Weaving in feelings of flood aims to bring women together through weaving, to untangle the effect of the floodwaters on homes and families while the weavers learn new skills and develop new works.


Katie Breckon | $12,008 | Derby
Remembering Bungarun

Katie Breckon will explore the story of Bungarun Leprosarium through drawing and printmaking. The project draws from State Library of WA collections with guidance by a Cultural Advisory Group of Kimberley elders, educators and leaders, and historian Dr Mary Anne Jebb.  

Marrugeku Inc. | $30,000 | Broome
Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards)

Burrbgaja Yalirra is Marrugeku’s multi-year program of intensive dance research laboratories and new short works curated by co-artistic directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain, that builds capacity in the next generation of change makers in community and culturally informed contemporary dance. Burrbgaja Yalirra began in 2017 to address access issues for remote and regional independent dance artists and deploys new trans-Indigenous and intercultural collaborations to revivify, remember and reimagine contemporary dance in Australia.  

Nagula Jarndu Designs | $30,000 | Broome
Country on Cloth

Nagula Jarndu (Saltwater Woman) First Nations artists will create a new collection of screen-printed and digitally printed textiles designed specifically for a women’s and men’s clothing range. The designs will draw on artist’s connections to Country, culture and language. There will be a photoshoot on Country of the final garments, modelled by the artists and local First Nations models. From this, a catalogue of stories about the artists and the designs will be made. 

Southern Forest Arts | $22,000 | Northcliffe
The Stars Descend – Chapter 2 

The Stars Descend is an ambitious, original, multi-arts production presenting five unique chapters of inter-linked public performances spanning five locations across three regions of southern WA in March/April 2023. Each chapter explores shared responsibility of care for people and planet from the perspective of stars gazing upon us. Chapter 2 is Northcliffe’s contribution to the storyline, focusing upon the power of resilience and beauty in a transformational message of climate action and hope. This participatory project of state significance is a collaboration between Southern Forest Arts, Annette Carmichael Projects, Gondwana Link, and multiple regional arts partners.

Victoria Coyne | $5,000 | Binningup
Song from Djerap Wardandi Boodja-k

This project involves recording a song in the South West dialect of the Noongar language to accompany Victoria’s book Djerap Wardandi Boodja-k (Birds on Wardandi Country). The book and song support, through art and language, a sense of connectedness to and respect for the beauty of Wardandi culture, Country and birdlife.

Alisa Blakeney | $11,091 | Myalup
Residency at Cité internationale des arts, Paris

Alicia Blakeney will undertake a professional development residency at Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France as part of the Australia Council for the Arts’ International Residency Program. This residency will enable her to conduct research towards a major research project investigating sonic archives and collaborative production, to better understand the history of Australian experimental digital practice within a global context. 

Gwendolyn Knox | $25,000 | Broome
Scones with Nanna

 A creative development of the new play Scones with Nanna, a site-specific, multi-artform performance work, to be carried out on Ballardong Noongar land. The story tells of survival, denial, dementia, colonisation, poverty, and displacement. Nanna’s story is told with honesty and wit and how she was taught to deny that she was a Ballardong Noongar woman. It exposes the secrets that a family has kept hidden for generations, in a humorous celebration of womanhood and scones, warts and all, in a journey through an old worker’s cottage that could have been Nanna’s house. 

Kaata-Koorliny Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation | $30,000 | Narrogin
The Narrogin Emerging Artists Program 

The Narrogin Emerging Artists Program is a structured and interactive training program that aims to increase First Nations creative culture while improving mental health outcomes of young First Nations people aged 18-35 years in Narrogin. The program will be delivered by respected First Nations artist, Peter Farmer, over two eight-week blocks to a total of 24 emerging artists. During the program, participants will gain practical and technical skills in painting, producing a major piece at the conclusion of the program which will be exhibited in the Keedac Community Centre.  

Samuel Newman | $14,329 | Derby
Nelson O’Reeri Album and Cultural Video

This project will document the work of Ngarinyin and Worrora man Nelson O’Reeri through the production of a ten track album and video work produced on Country. With 30 years’ experience as a musician, teacher, mentor, event organiser and Traditional Owner of Ngarinyin country, O’Reeri has a strong support base and a collection of important work but has yet to professionally record any of it. The cultural work will stand as an educational resource, documentation of Kimberley life, and promotion of O’Reeri as an experienced artist to new audiences. 

Shannon Clohessy | $12,528 | Busselton
Kaatijin Professional Development

This project will provide professional development and practice growth for regionally based artist, Shannon Clohessy, to expand on her arts practice of glass work by gaining skills and knowledge in lampworking, glassblowing and hot glass techniques while maintaining connection to the environment and embedding cultural intricacies. These techniques will be transferred through established glass artists. These skills will then be transferred to the wider community with a focus on other First Nations artists via workshops or one-on-one mentoring. 


Astrid Volzke | $6,068 | Kondinin
From the Locals
Astrid Volzke will present a series of inclusive photography workshops, inviting community members of all ages to look at their town in a new light and to develop and share visual stories using their own devices.

Southern Forest Arts | $30,000 | Northcliffe
Mycelium (Stage 3: Mentorships)
Southern Forest Arts will present a series of 16 mentorships for regional curators and producers in nine different regions over 12 months to build capacity in the sector towards supporting the presentation of a future WA Regional Arts Triennial. 

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts | $29,813 | Kununurra
Planting Knowledge
Planting Knowledge will draw inspiration from the traditional knowledge of plants to deliver a creative development framework for the next generation of artists and arts workers.

Breaksea Incorporated | $30,000 | Albany
View from the Magpie’s Nest Toodyay
View from the Magpie’s Nest will be a community singing, storytelling and interdisciplinary arts project exploring identity and the concept of home, inspired by the metaphor of the magpie’s nest.

Rita Bush | $4,934 | Albany
inSPACE Award Residency
Dance artist Rita Bush and co-director Cayleigh Davies will collaborate with lighting designer Susan Grey-Gardner to expand their dance work, Retrieve Your Jeans, to an exciting full-length dance performance capable of touring.

Camera Story Limited | $30,000 | Broome
Exposure 3: New Voices in WA Photography
Camera Story Limited, in partnership with the Perth Centre of Photography, will support previous Exposure Collective participants to develop their photographic practice and career through a year-long mentoring photography program.

Albany String Festival (auspiced by Albany Sinfonia) | $7,593 | Albany
Albany String Festival
The Albany String Festival will present a series of performance events and workshops in October 2021 in association with the Australian-renowned Darlington String Quartet.

Christopher Hill | $14,800 | Broome
Dinosaur Stomp
Dinosaur Stomp will be a collaboration between artists and scientists to create earth shaking, fun making, bone rattling, in your face street puppets which will remain as an asset within the community to support future performing arts and cultural events.

Nandi Chinna (Anandashila Saraswati) | $14,130 | Fitzroy Crossing
We Must Get Together Sometime
Incorporating the practice and theory of slow art-making, award winning poet Nandi Chinna will create a suite of poetry responding to Martuwarra (the Fitzroy River).

Miranda Plum | $15,000 | Carnarvon
Street Art Mentorship Carnarvon
Miranda Plum, under the mentorship of experienced mural artist, Sobrane Simcock, will design and create three public murals featuring local flora and fauna, aimed at sharing the region’s richness with visitors and contributing to the enhancement of public space.

Tony Windberg | $15,000 | Pemberton
Wonders of the Worlds: Phase 2 Artwork Creation and Exhibition
Tony Windberg will create a new body of work which addresses contemporary environmental and societal concerns through an examination of the rise and fall of empires and will be presented in a major exhibition, which is planned for June 2022 at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.

Bethamy Linton | $14,890 | Gidgegannup
Birds Rained from the Sky
Bethamy Linton will make a series of small sculptures in titanium lace and silver depicting the skull casings of native animals impacted by the February 2021 bushfires.

Sarah-Jane Eeles | $13,307 | Kalgoorlie
Geraldton Historical Ghost Walks
Sarah-Jane Eeles will develop and present a series of performance-based historical and cultural tours, which will be developed from true stories drawn from the community and will result in audiences and visitors experiencing the history of Geraldton in a unique way.


Albany Choral Society | $28,934.48 | Great Southern
La traviata (The Fallen Woman) in Concert
Albany Choral Society will bring together international, national, local artists and community to engage in professional development and perform an opera in concert as part of the Albany Entertainment Centre’s 10th Anniversary Season.

Big hArt Inc. | $28,000 | Pilbara
Songs for Peace
Songs for Peace is a professionally realised, locally driven festival bringing together award-winning musicians with the community of Roebourne and offering opportunities for music, cultural exchange and tourism in the Pilbara in 2020.

Breaksea Incorporated | $15,000 | Great Southern
View from the Magpie’s Nest
Workshop series and creative development: View from the Magpie’s Nest is a series of professionally facilitated community workshops tailored to upskill participants in singing, acting, creative writing, movement and visual design.

Esperance Community Arts Inc. | $25,380 | Goldfields-Esperance
Flowers and Feathers
A multi-arts installation and performance celebrating people, place and community: Esperance Community Arts will engage sound artist Perdita Phillips to work with community members to create and install their own soundscapes for the 2020 Esperance Wildflower Festival.

Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre | $30,000 | Kimberley
KALACC 2021 Regional Cultural Festival 
The KALACC 2021 Regional Cultural Festival will bring together Aboriginal people from across the remote Kimberley region to celebrate the maintenance of traditional cultural practices.


Rita Bush | $7,802.50 | Great Southern
Retrieve your Jeans
Retrieve Your Jeans is a co-directed contemporary dance work. Rita Bush, with collaborator Cayleigh Davies, will work on the final stage of the creative development
culminating in a performance season at Adelaide Fringe 2020.

Madelaine Dickie | $14,602 | Gascoyne
The Cost of Doing Good: A Biography of Wayne Bergman (working title)
Madelaine Dickie will undertake the research and creative development of a unique biography about the Kimberley Traditional Owner Wayne Bergmann.

Big Hart Inc | $30,000 | Pilbara
Punkaliyarra: Sister In Law Dreaming Story, Ngurin River Project
A cultural transmission project that explores and shares deep and compelling creation stories told by senior Aboriginal women of the Pilbara with emerging young women leaders.

Diana McGirr | $14,930 | South West
Preserving Douglas Chambers’ legacy – a pathway to professional growth
This practice based research project is the first stage in a creative development designed to refine and develop Diana’s skills as an art historian-curator-researcher whilst preserving Douglas Chambers’ artistic legacy by documenting his extensive studio archive.

Shire of Ashburton | $30,000 | Pilbara
Onslow Water Tanks Mural
The Shire will engage artist Guido van Helten to work with the community in the development of a public artwork for the two Onslow Water Tanks.

Susan Findlay | $13,734.68 | Great Southern
About FACE International Concert and Development Tour
Musical and Creative Director Susan Findlay will travel with three emerging leaders from the Great Southern region and the regional youth choir AboutFACE to Europe to participate in masterclasses with international artists and will direct a small series of concerts.

Hummingbird Promotions Inc. | $16,600 | South West
Capel Makers Trail
A local makers and artisans trail that will run across two days from Saturday 28 March to Sunday 29 March 2020.

Kuberan Muir | $3,718 | Goldfields-Esperance
Walkatjurra & Black Square Arts Internship
Walkatjurra young future leader, Kuberan Muir, will participate in a two-week internship with Black Square Arts Director Justin Bishop at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in July 2019.

Bunbury Regional Theatre Inc. | $18,235 | South West
BREC Artist Residency at Donnelly River Village
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre will partner with Performing Lines and Albany Entertainment Centre to deliver a regional residency for 20 artists from the South West and Great Southern regions at Donnelly River Village, in November 2019, offering regional artists the opportunity to work with a range of highly skilled mentors from different arts practices to inform their project development. The 3-
day, 2-night event provides a supportive, creative environment to test ideas, consider new collaborations and explore cross art form possibilities.

Annette Carmichael Projects | $29,000 | Great Southern
A new dance work created with women across the southern part of Western Australia as the final chapter in The Beauty Index Trilogy. Chorus will bring regional artists together with regional communities in Ravensthorpe, Albany, Denmark and Bunbury to develop a site-specific dance performance that explores the power of beauty to preserve our sense of humanity in the face of fear and calls for the end of violence against women. The project will engage women in workshop activities
culminating in two site-specific performances.

Julian Canny | $9,250 | Mid West
Creative Development
Geraldton-based creatives Julian Canny and Jody Quadrio of Euphorium Creative will undertake a 6-month mentorship with Perth-based artist Esther Longhurst, working through the development and performance of their own original work.

Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation | $30,000 | Gascoyne
Warriyangga On Country
Warriyangga On Country captures the diverse knowledge of the sole remaining fluent Warriyangga speaker, Peter Salmon, in a collection of stories about flora, fauna, country, community and culture. The project will have two distinct phases; a trip to Warriyangga country with project staff, artists and other Warriyangga people to record Peter’s extensive knowledge of these things and their importance to the maintenance and continuation of Warriyangga culture; and the interpretation of this information into accessible language resource books, video productions and an art exhibition

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