Funding Boost for Regional Cultural Sector Renewal
Four regional Western Australian arts and cultural projects will receive an investment of $350,000 over three years through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost program.
The Regional Arts Fund Renewal Program will support four projects to strengthen and provide long lasting benefits for regional communities, three of which support First Nations led renewal across the remote Kimberley region with the fourth project providing training and employment of regional producers.
Balgo and Mulan desert women at the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre (KALACC) Festival at Lombadina in September 2017. Image provided by KALACC.
- Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation | $90,000 over 3 years | Halls Creek – Kimberley
Strong Culture, Strong Community: Cultural Coordinator will support cultural maintenance and the revitalisation of the cultural centre in the remote community of Balgo.
- Theatre Kimberley | $80,000 over 3 years | Broome – Kimberley
Creating Stronger Ways will strengthen cross cultural practices within the Broome based performing arts company Theatre Kimberley.
- Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre | $90,000 over 3 years | Derby – Kimberley
Funding will support Growing Connections: Annual Artistic and Cultural Exchange for Kimberley Aboriginal Women on a business development and artistic skill sharing which will be presented at the 2021 Regional Cultural Festival and subsequent annual gatherings.
- Annette Carmichael Projects| $90,000 over 3 years | Denmark – Great Southern
Thread 7: Distributed 15 provides a framework for the training and employment of regional producers embedded within the development of an intra-regional multi-artform performance work.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the Morrison Government’s investment in the long-term development and sustainability of regional arts is crucial for the recovery of Western Australia’s cultural and creative sector.
“We understand the extreme disruption to the arts and cultural sector in Western Australian from the pandemic, which is why the Government acted quickly to introduce our $10 million targeted measure, as part of the Relief and Recovery Fund,” Minister Fletcher said.
“I am pleased to see these four projects receive $350,000, which will provide opportunities for artists and arts workers, including those in regional Indigenous communities, to develop strategic planning, innovative projects, and improve their overall sustainability.”
Regional Arts WA CEO Paul MacPhail says the investment will create a long-lasting impact in local communities and across the regions.
“The Regional Arts Fund Renewal Program will provide significant support to four organisations for the implementation of new models and frameworks which will have long lasting benefits for their organisation, for their communities and for regional artists. The investment will not only have a direct impact on the regional economy through the creation of jobs but will support the sector to sustainably position itself for the future.”
The Recovery Boost funds are delivered through the mechanisms of the Regional Arts Fund
in recognition that arts and culture activities are vital in the recovery and renewal process. 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 Regional Arts WA.
For more regional funding opportunities, please head to our funding page.