RAF Quick Response Grant Recipients

RAF Quick Response Grant Recipients

The following recipients successfully received funding through the RAF Quick Response Grant.

Quick Response Grants are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development opportunities, or respond to small project opportunities that arise at short notice.

2024 Recipients

June

Matthew Sforcina | $3,000 | South West

Musician Matthew Sforcina will attend a 7-week seminar series on Persian, Turkish, and Arabic modal music by Ross Daly at Labyrinth Music School in Crete.

 

Helen Seiver | $1,786 | South West

Artist Helen Seiver will attend the IOTA Conference 2024.

 

Jane Davies| $3,000| Great Southern

Jane will participate in a two-week residency hosted by Spare Parts to explore a tri-screened shadow booth she designed. The project involves combining projection, live animation, varied lighting, and sound.

 

Ingarlgalandij Arts and Culture Hub| $5,000 | Kimberley

Ingarlgalandij Arts and Culture Hub will attend the 2024 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair.

May

Nagula Jarndu | $5,000 | Kimberley

Rowena Morgan (Kija), Dena Gower (Noongar), and Cecilia Tigan (Mayala) have been selected to participate in the NATSIAA (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards) and will attend the ceremony and speak at an artist panel in Darwin. Their artwork ‘jarndunil jijawiliwili niyamarri’ will be displayed at The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

 

Carly Le Cerf | $3,000 | Great Southern

Carly Le Cerf will participate in the BigCi residency program in Bilpin, Sydney Australia, situated on the edge of Wollemi National Park within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains. The residency is 6-8 months and will inform the creation of a new body of work.

 

April

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah | $3,000 | Peel

Abdul-Raman Abdullah and Anna Louise Richardson have been invited to join ‘Horse Girl Energy’ at LaTrobe Regional Gallery, exploring contemporary horse culture and its historical roots. The exhibition celebrates the Horse Girl stereotype, reflecting on human-animal relationships and the symbolism of horses. The artists will travel to LaTrobe Regional Gallery for the installation, openings, and talks with this exhibition.

 

Warlayirti Artists | $5,000 | Kimberley

Dulcie Nanala Napaltjarri will debut a solo exhibition in Sydney, facilitated by Warlayirti Artists and Aboriginal Contemporary and inspired by a transformative journey across the Great Sandy Desert to Wilkinkarra, her father’s homeland. Dulcie’s artwork portray the desert’s hues and textures, embodying her Tjukurrpa (creation story) with clay pans and water holes. The grant will aid Dulcie’s travel, enabling her to share insights into her art and culture during an artist talk.

March

Waringarri Arts Aboriginal Corporation | $5,000 | Kimberley 

Angelina Karadada Boona, a senior artist at the Kira Kiro Artists Project in Kalumburu, has been supported by the Aboriginal Contemporary Gallery in Sydney since 2020. They’ve offered her a solo exhibition slot in April, which presents a crucial opportunity for promoting her work and enhancing her professional development through audience engagement. Angelina will also mentor her granddaughter, Edreena Karadada, during this trip, providing her with valuable guidance and inspiration. 

 

Amanda Gardiner | $2,286 | South West

“It Woke the Town Up” is an exhibition spotlighting the 1976 Bunbury woodchip bombing, a protest against old growth forest logging in Western Australia. Initially presented in the 2023 Bunbury Regional Art Gallery Biennale and the 2023 National Trust’s Sharing Stories Australian Heritage Festival, it’s now set to tour the Museum of the Great Southern in 2024. Funding aids curator Amanda Gardiner’s travel and accommodation costs from April to May 2024.

February

Camera Story | $5,000 | Kimberley 

Camera Story (CS) has been invited by Multi Story Media (MSM), to host a workshop planning session and cultural consultation in Broome to introduce the initiative, REALStock. REALStock is an inclusive stock-image library for social change with a mission to shape our national identity, inclusive of our diverse and evolving population.

 

Simon Charles | $3,000 | Wheatbelt

Simon Charles will compose ‘Other Oceans’, a new composition for microtonal bass flute, double bass, and electro-acoustic media inspired by York in the Wheatbelt region that has suffered vast environmental destruction due to land clearing. The new work will engage with the broader context that the environmental impact is emblematic of colonial worldviews. It will be created in close collaboration with visiting Berlin-based artists, Rebecca Lane and Jonathan Heilbron.

 

2023 Recipients

November

 

Elise Fenn | $3,000 | Kimberley 

Elise Fenn, an arts therapist, participated in a two-week cross-cultural therapeutic arts exchange in Tanzania in February 2024, hosted by Global Africa Alliance. Supported by the Arts Institute of the University of Chicago and East African practitioners, she gained insights into arts programs for vulnerable populations. She spent an additional three weeks in Tanzania and Rwanda researching organisations addressing social issues through the arts, enriching her toolkit for her work in the Kimberley. 

Siobhan Maiden | $3,000 | South West 

Attending the Perth Festival Producer Forum fostered connections, community, and insightful discussions. Producers engaged in masterclasses, one-on-one sessions, and shared experiences on presenting new works and working with diverse casts. 

David Kent | $3,000 | South West 

David Kent performed at the 2024 Tamworth Country Music Festival, showcasing his original compositions on guitar. He also appeared on 2TM Radio Tamworth. 

October

Monique Le Lievre | $2,300 | Kimberley 
The band Stellar Moon will travel from Rubibi (Broome) to Boorloo (Perth) to perform at the 2023 WAM (Western Australian Music) Industry conference, regional roundtable and showcase performance. Upon returning home, Monique will hold a sharing session for local musicians and providing a written report for the local Media organisation.

Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman | $2,363 | Kimberley 
Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman will participate in the 2023 Kaaysa Artist Residency, Brazil with a  focus on inter-species connections and immersion in the local environment. She will share her experiences and learnings from the residency through media interviews, a public presentation and discussion forum with Kimberley artists, communities and arts bodies including the Kimberley Arts Network, Goolarri Media and Theatre Kimberley.

Kirsty Wyatt | $3,000 | South West
The Portraits In Time: A Celebration Of Life exhibition will be curated at the Art Geo Complex to celebrate the lives and contributions of the older generation of Busselton.

September

Derby District High School | $5,000 | Kimberley
The performing arts students will travel to Mandurah to compete in the finals of YOH-Fest

Broome Aboriginal Media Association Aboriginal Corporation | $3,060 | Kimberley
Travel support for emerging First Nations write, Tahnee Carter to attend the Varuna First Nations Writers Residency

Codee-Lee Down | $3,000 | South West
Codee-Lee with partake in the Senior Course (professional development residency) at the Australian Country Music Academy.

August

Ashlyn (Jada) Koh | $3,000 | Kimberley
First Block Sounds will hold two day Women in Music workshops in Derby, Mowanjum, Fitzroy Crossing and Broome for women who play or have an interest in music and songwriting.

Jessica Ruggera | $3,000 | Great Southern 
The Girl with the Missing Puzzle Piece is a community dance production about people, autism and mental health. The funding will support the mentorship and collaboration between Jessica Ruggera and Emily O’Brien. Emily will produce, choreograph and direct her first production.

Lex Randolph | $2,541 | Kimberley 
The creative development workshops of Emotional First Aid Ambulance (EFAA) will take place in the Creative Hub at the AWESOME Festival. EFAA is a contemporary and participatory creative work for children that focuses on social-emotional situations that foster learning and confidence through play.

Southern Forest Arts | $2,480 | South West
Southern Forest Arts will feature our cultural-tourism attraction, the Understory Art & Nature Trail, on Series 2 of the popular 9/WIN Network’s TV series ‘Everything Outdoors’.

Tjuma Pulka Media Aboriginal Corporation | $2,207 | Goldfields-Esperance
A group of creative leaders, innovators, immersive and experimental artists have been invited to attend the REMIX Summit by the DLGSC. The workshop will allow Tjuma Pulka to participate and network with other WA digital artists and form partnerships where we can work together developing and producing our Mega Fauna Project.

July

Linda Rae Belton | $2,770 | Goldfields-Esperance
Kalgoorlie-Boulder – Karkurla Artist, Linda Rae will create a new artwork to be showcased at Castaways Sculpture Awards 2023.

Rose (Sita) Bennett | $3,000 | South West
The editing, publication, and promotion of the final novel in an uplifting fantasy adventure series for young adults, written by regional South-West Australian author Sita Bennett.

June

Carolina Furque | $2,930 | Kimberley
Support to undertake an art residency at Beverley Station in September 2023. During the residency Carolina will create new photographic work, portraits of locals from an inclusive selection of Beverley locals, including the Ballardong people and the recent migrants from East Africa and South East Asia.

Ray Jones | $2,852.05 | South West
An artistic development project: recording and releasing a collaborative single for entry into the WA Country Music Awards, leveraging the joint success of Ray Jones, Male Artist of the Year, and Codee-Lee, Female Artist of the Year.

Savanah Solomon | $2,915 | Wheatbelt
Marketing and branding support for Savanah Solomon’s artistic development and to promotion of her North West Regional Tour.

May

Molly Werner | $2,998.95 | South West
A professional development opportunity for two design assistants to be mentored by Molly Werner, Set and Costume Designer for the theatre production, Medusa

The Cannery Arts Centre Inc. | $4,714 | Goldfields-Esperance
Esther MacDowell (Yabini Kickett), an early career Noongar artist, is invited to the Cannery Arts Centre as an artist in residence. The purpose of her residency will largely be based around community engagement with school aged children and in workshops to children and adults.

Thomas Broadbent | $3,000 | South West
Australian band, Great Gable are performing in Broome as part of their regional tour of WA. This is also a professional development opportunity that encourages
tour organisation, maximising exposure (promotion) and stage craft.

April

Waringarri Arts Aboriginal Corporation | $2,622.73 | Kimberley
The Boonkaj (Miriwoong word meaning ‘coming out’) Local Launch is an opportunity for local artists, dancers and community members to ‘come out’ and showcase their talents as performers while presenting the unique designs of the Waringarri Arts textile artists who have created the Boonkaj Collection fashion range.

Elliot Brown | $2,466 | Mid West
Elliot Brown will travel to Canberra to attend the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023 where his work ‘Jaye’ has been selected as a finalist. 

March

Sarah Landro | $5,000 | Kimberley
The Piriwa Placemaking Mural is a collaborative community arts project designed to provide remotely based First Nations women the resources to creatively express their stories, lived experiences and culture via traditional and contemporary art forms through a series of arts-based workshops at Piriwa, Balgo.

February

Arts Margaret River | $3,808 | South West
The project will showcase the work of new playwright Melody Dia and a team of Aboriginal regional and remote creatives and actors in the development of a new 25 minute teaser production and staging of ‘Car Stories’ at the Margaret River Readers & Writer Festival 2023.

Emily Barker | $2,880 | South West
Emily Barker will travel to the US in June 2023 to be the opening act for Grammy award winner singer Mary Chapin Carpenter. 

2022 Recipients

November

Nala Boodja Eco Aboriginal Corporation | $3,000 | South West

Running a songwriting workshop at the 2023 Nannup Music Festival to initiate healing of the history of this area. A call and response song with rap/chant section workshopped beforehand, with the Wardandi stories in English and Indigenous language. The festival workshop will be inviting community to contribute to a healing, singing response, with understanding and compassion for the past pain and sorrow, connecting and healing us all, walking forward together as one.

Evie Lavers | $1,900 | Pilbara

Evie Landers will travel from Karratha to attend Perth Festival’s Producer Forum in early 2023, an opportunity to develop new relationships, build community and engage in some bigger-thinking conversations amongst locally practising producers.

October

Denmark Arts | $4,863 | Great Southern

Editing and production of short excerpts of performances by five artists who performed at the 2022 Festival of Voice, suitable for use for their pwn promotional and grant writing activities and for use in promoting future festivals

September

Busselton Dunsborough Alliance Against Depression | $1,400 | South West

Myles Pollard will run a drama workshop for students involved in a Drama Festival in the City of Busselton. This is part of the creative arts event “End the Stigma – Change the Story” tackling the destigmatisation of mental health concerns.

Joshua Button | $2,320 | Kimberley

Broome based Aboriginal author and illustrator, Joshua Button, has been invited to be part of the Incubator Program at the Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar and to participate in the Bazaar in December 2023.

August

Michael Cannon | $1,685.00 | Mid West

Michael Cannon will be travelling to the East Coast to participate in a mentor program with Burleigh Board Makers. During the mentorship he will develop his surfboard shaping skills and learn the latest surfboard art and design trends and techniques.

Miranda Free | $2,826.80 | South West

Miranda Free will mount a solo exhibition of printed and drawn works relating to the theme “Water Play” at Studio 11 in the City of Fremantle Bathers Beach Arts Precinct. 

July

Paupiyala Tjaritja Aboriginal Corporation | $5,000 | Goldfields-Esperance

The world’s most remote rock band The Desert Stars will perform at the Australian premiere of documentary The Gravel Road. Premiering at Cinefest Oz in Margaret River, the documentary follows their outback tour through remote WA. Audiences members will include film distributors, promotors and music industry representatives

June

Bree Bannister | $2,041 | Kimberley

Bree Bannister will attend the 2022 Australian Ceramics Triennale in Alice Springs including participating in Greg Daly’s masterclass.

Codee-Lee Down | $3,000 | South West

Off the back of winning four WA Country Music Awards and receiving a WAM Song of the Year nomination, musician Codee-Lee Down will host two live performances in the South West at premier arts venues, Maker and Co and the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, to launch her new EP.

Elizabeth Ottey | $951 | South West

Elizabeth Ottey will undertake a two week residency at Ellenbrook Arts, including attending a workshop with Leanne Raccanello, one of Australia’s best floral sugar artists, and giving an artist talk to a group of artists with disability, who will be exhibiting in the main gallery.

Georgia Deguara | $3,000 | Kimberley

Having been invited to be an Advanced Pitching Artist the Australian Performing Arts Exchange (APAX),Georgia Deguara will travel to Sydney to attend the gathering as part of Local Giants Regional Producer Platform.

Taalinup Augusta Paint by Numbers Public Art Group | $1,000 | South West

Guided by local artist Rebecca Cool, a community paint-by-numbers mural, depicting local underwater creatures and the maritime history of Taalinup Augusta, will be painted onto the ship-shaped ablutions block, complete with a rooftop lookout, located in the Ellis Street Jetty precinct of Taalinup Augusta.

May

There were no successful applicants in this round. General feedback to applicants was supplied as followed:

Overall, applications were missing information. The Investment Subcommittee encourages the applicants to address the need to provide extra information and resubmit in the next round of QRG.

April

Blackwood River Arts Trail Inc | $2,291 | South West

In June and July 2022, A Glimpse of Blackwood River Valley Art exhibition at the Collie Art Gallery will feature a selection of 15 participating artists from the 2022 Blackwood River Arts Trail.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council | $5,000 | Goldfields-Esperance

This funding will contribute towards the Distributed 15 project, and is an opportunity to host, and hear from respected First Nations Elders. This process will increase awareness and inclusivity in a culturally sensitive way and is one of many steps towards truth and reconciliation.

March

Shire of Gingin | $1,000 | Wheatbelt

The Shire of Gingin will host an evening of music featuring local acoustic artist Savanah Solomon, multi-award-winning duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, and Fremantle-based folk musician Jack Davies, as part of the 2022 Autumn Festival of Small Halls. To emphasise the value of this event, the Shire will pre-purchase tickets to gift specifically to volunteers, youth and seniors from across the Shire.

North Midlands Project | $5,000 | Mid West

Funds will assist printing, mounting and exhibition costs for a joint exhibition that is the result of the 15 month long Ebb+Flow project. Artist residencies from each region of Western Australia created new works in collaboration with the local community that will be presented in the joint exhibition.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah | $3,000 | Peel

Artist Abdul Rahman Abdullah will travel to Bowral NSW for the installation and opening of his collaborative exhibition ‘Lands Abound’ with brother Abdul Abdullah and First Nations artist Tracey Moffatt.

Kimberley Arts Network | $4,055 | Kimberley

Kimberley Arts Network will support three remote Indigenous communities to participate in the Broome Fringe Festival Art Trail. The program ensures equity for remote communities to share and sell their artwork by hosting their own spaces in Broome and engaging in the cultural economy.

Jon Veitch | $2,876 | South West

Country/blues band Jon Vee and the Rescue Specials will send four original pre-recorded singles to be mixed and mastered by Matt Fell and William Bowden. The finished singles will be used in a marketing campaign to apply to play at regional festivals and tour WA.

February

Martine Perret | $3,000 | South West

Martine Perret will work with Roly Skender on a collaborative, digital multimedia arts experience celebrating the Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032. Using existing and new portraiture of Wardandi Elders, a new 3D video work will be projected against an old peppermint tree at the Farm, Margaret River during the Margaret River Open Studios.

Shire of Nungarin | $5,000 | Wheatbelt

The Shire of Nungarin will create a series of free art therapy classes using the talents of a local artist Natalie Veal to deliver a different art form each month, over a period of 8 months, which will run one day a week for 3 weeks. The project arose from an identified need to support people affected by COVID and the recent devastating bushfires.

Brenton Meynell | $3,000 | Mid West

Barefoot Bands will work in collaboration with Perth artists Injured Ninja to bring their performance Epic of Gilgamesh to the Coolgardie town centre in May 2022. A multi-faceted live art event that residents will be invited to participate in through music and skill sharing workshops including sculpture, art, make-up and technical production.

2021 Recipients

November

Please note: Grant rounds will be delivered monthly from July 2021.

Emily Barker | $3,000 | South West
Emily Barker has planned an Australian tour where she will perform songs from her new album – A Dark Murmuration of Words. 

Jacky Cheng | $3,000 | Kimberley
Jacky Cheng has been invited to engage in an artist residency at Fremantle Arts Centre, exploring weaving techniques for her next project Honour and Love – Chapter II.

November 2021 Quick Response round was assessed externally by two members of the Investment Panel.

October

Please note: Grant rounds will be delivered monthly from July 2021.

Donnybrook Arts & Crafts Group Inc | $1,096 | South West
Members of Donnybrook Arts & Crafts Group Inc will be travelling to and attending the Creative Leadership Program in Manjimup. They plan to bring their new skills and learnings back to share with other organisations in their community.

September

Please note: Grant rounds will be delivered monthly from July 2021.

Rose Bennett | $3,000 | South West
Rose Bennett will be publishing her second novel in early 2022. Funding will go towards the professional editing, cover design, and publication of this novel.

Ku’arlu Mangga | $5,000 | Mid West
Ku’arlu Mangga textile designers have been invited to be a feature organisation for Eco Fashion WA in 2022. They will be participating in a professional photoshoot that will provide them with an opportunity to raise their profile, work with professional models and photography, and have a new design portfolio created for their textile range.

August

Please note: Grant rounds will be delivered monthly from July 2021.

Denmark Baroque Inc | $1,600 | Great Southern
Denmark Baroque will be delivering a concert Performance of the Baroque Opera, The Fairy Queen. Funding will go towards artist and technician fees.

Robert Castiglione | $3,000 | Great Southern
Documentary filmmaker Robert Castiglione was engaged to document the production of community-engaged opera project ‘La Traviata in Concert’. He will now be turning this footage into a documentary film exploring the themes of the opera as paralleled by the performer’s themselves. 

Alisa Blakeney | $2,500 | South West
Alisa Blakeney will collaborate with Tina Stefanou on translating the participatory, durational performance work ‘The Longest Hum’ into a format appropriate for presentation online. Together they will design and script an interface that will allow visitors to participate by uploading the sound of their own humming voices to an online network.

Kerry Juhren | $1,000 | Wheatbelt
Kerry Juhren was invited to participate in the annual Art Upmarket at University of WA. She will be developing new artworks and fine art prints that will need to be safely transported to Perth for the event. She will also be taking on opportunities for marketing during this period.

July

Please note: Grant rounds will be delivered monthly from July 2021.

Rose Barton | $3,000 | Pilbara
Rose Barton was invited to curate HERENOW21, an annual exhibition featuring regional artists. This provided an invaluable opportunity for the emerging curator to work with a mentor in the presentation of the exhibition.

Neil Turner | $2,956 | South West
Woodworker Neil Turner will be working with sandalwood and Indigenous timbers in a series of workshops and demonstrations to be held in the small Aboriginal community of Cosmo Newbery (Yilka).

Shire of Broome | $2,044 | Kimberley
The Shire of Broome and Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl are collaborating to celebrate the multicultural community of Broome through a newly erected public artwork, ‘Fusion’ by Safehaven Studios. In a once-a-year event, when the full moon rises above Chinatown it will sit perfectly atop the artwork.

Round 4

Broome CIRCLE | $4,000 | Kimberley
Broome CIRCLE engaged Camera Story to run a series of photography workshops in Broome for First Nation women to build capacity and confidence amongst women in the community. This will provide the women with a safe space where they can explore their creativity, culture and identity through a camera lens.

Eleanor Davies | $1,624 | South West
Eleanor Davies is working with Wajarri and Yawuru writer and director Ngaire Pigram in the development of the script for tragic comedy ‘Servo’, which will be presented at WA Showcase 2021.

Jacky Cheng | $1,624 | Kimberley
Jacky Cheng will be travelling to Karratha to present at Short and Sweet for Artlands 2021. Her presentation will focus on identity and awareness through cultural activities and memories of home, country and personal/community relationships. 

Martumili Artists | $3,500 | Pilbara
A group of Martumili Artists will be travelling to Karratha to present for Artlands 2021. This session will focus on the story behind a large-scale collaborate canvas that a group of Martu artists have painted, and will discuss the artwork, the process behind it, the Martu practice of ‘marlpa,’ and the significance of this work as a political statement.

Round 3

North Midlands Project | $2,952 | Mid West
Collaborating with Carnamah Museum, North Midlands Project will be transforming Wheat Convoy, an agricultural-themed board game, into a large community artwork that becomes two versions of the game. Two community art workshops will enrich the canvases, which will then be used as giant board-games during World Heritage Day events.

Dowerin Community Resource Centre | $4,000 | Wheatbelt
Dowerin Community Resource Centre are collaborating with the Shire of Dowerin to deliver the Dowerin Do Over, a part conference, part hands-on placemaking event including interactive activities and projects along Dowerin’s main street.

The Junction Co. | $4,000 | Pilbara
The Junction Co. will be engaging former Bangarra dancer Tara Grower in creating video to document The Art of Everyday, a collection of Aboriginal stories told through garments and jewellery. 

Round 2

Felicity Brown | $1,512 | Kimberley
Hats by Felicity was invited to showcase a collection of millinery as part of the annual Broome Mardi Gras Pride Festival. Felicity Brown will be creating a collection of head art millinery designed specifically for the event.

Wheatbelt Arts & Events Inc | $4,000 | Wheatbelt
Merredin-based puppeteer Chloe Flockart will draw on her puppetry skills to work with the York community over two days of workshops to create emu parade puppets for the March Mini-Fest. 

Annie Kavanagh | $1,848 | Wheatbelt
With an innovative photographic technique using iPhoneography and photo manipulation, Annie Kavanagh was invited to show her “Dutch Masters” style photographs at a group exhibition at Gallery 152. For this exhibition she will be printing and mounting a series of six images on Hannemuhle rag paper.

Shark Bay Arts Council | $4,000 | Gascoyne
Shark Bay Arts Council will gather as two groups within the Shark Bay region for a series of workshops presented by Perth Art Glass teacher Claire Emery. A completed collaborative art piece will then be exhibited at the inaugural Seagrass Festival.

Round 1

Annette Carmichael Projects | $4,000 | Great Southern
In partnership with STRUT dance and Gondwana Link, Annette Carmichael Projects will provide a live-in masterclass in Porongurup. Working within a recovering and revegetated landscape, dancers will be immersed in an experience of climate action and ultimately hope. 

Nathan Gardiner | $2,000 | South West
Nathan Gardiner will be participating in Perth Festival Lab, an opportunity for emerging practitioners to get stuck into the big ideas in the festival program and reflect on their own artistic practice. Participants are invited to see performances, attend workshops and connect with artists working in different ways.

Emma Davis | $2,000 | Great Southern
Emma Davis was invited to participate in the Creativity and Innovation Leadership Program, created in partnership with Dr. Shona Erskine and Circuitwest. This unique leadership program will be delivered through a series of face to face programs in Perth and one to one zoom meetings. 

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