13 Regional West Australian Artists and Organisations Receive Federal Funding
Eight regional Western Australian artists and five organisations will receive an investment of over $225,000 through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund; a funding program managed in Western Australia by Regional Arts WA.
The thirteen creative projects supported through the Regional Arts Fund will be delivered in eight regions and together they respond to local and global issues, nurture young and emerging artists and build skills and capacity in the regional arts and cultural sector.
Breaksea participants perform newly devised scenes from View from the Magpies Nest at Albany Entertainment Centre. Photo by Rob Castiglione.
Due to the impact of global concerns, the idea and value of local community identity and place has emerged in several successfully funded creative projects, for example;
- Nandi Chinna (Anandashila Saraswati) will receive $14,130 for We Must Get Together Sometime, incorporating the practice of slow art-making, she will create a suite of poetry responding to Martuwarra (the Fitzroy River) in consultation with Niyikina Traditional Custodian Dr Anne Poelina. (Fitzroy Crossing – Kimberley)
- Breaksea Incorporated will receive $30,000 for View from the Magpie’s Nest Toodyay where this community singing, storytelling and interdisciplinary project will explore identity and the concept of home inspired by the metaphor of the magpie’s nest. (Albany – Great Southern)
- Miranda Plum will receive $15,000 for Street Art Mentorship Carnarvon where she will be mentored by experienced mural artist, Sobrane Simcock, to 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. (Carnarvon – Gascoyne)
- Sarah-Jane Eeles will receive $13,307 for Geraldton Historical Ghost Walks where she will develop and present a series of performance based historical and cultural tours developed from true stories drawn from the community which will result in audiences and visitors experiencing the history of Geraldton in a unique way. (Kalgoorlie – Goldfields Esperance)
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cites and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the project grants would support sustainable economic, social and cultural development throughout Western Australia.
“I congratulate the 13 recipients of the Regional Arts Fund Project Grants in Western Australia, who have each demonstrated how their unique projects will raise the profile of regional arts and broaden community engagement with the cultural sector,” Minister Fletcher said.
“This investment of over $225,000 will support these artists and organisations to develop new networks and diverse works, and is part of the Morrison Government’s $3.6 million annual investment in the Regional Arts Fund across Australia.”
Regional Arts WA CEO Paul MacPhail says the Federal investment into regional arts is vital and will continue to encourage and support social, cultural and economic development.
“The Regional Arts Fund Project Grants are part of an annual program which is essential in supporting and promoting increased access to arts and culture for regional communities. This continued investment into the valued and important work of regional artists and organisations plays a large role in Australia’s economy where they are the primary drivers of cultural and artistic activity.”