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Snake Valley artist secures regional arts fund grant.



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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

Thursday May 10, 2007

SNAKE VALLEY ARTIST SECURES REGIONAL ARTS FUND GRANT

Snake Valley artist Shiree Pilkinton will spend three weeks exchanging ideas and skills with artists, theatre and dance lecturers and festival organisers at the Dunedin Mid-Winter Carnival 2007 in New Zealand next month.

Ms Pilkington will enhance her professional artistic repertoire with the aid of a $1000 Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grant from the Australian Government.

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker said Ms Pilkinton was an ideal recipient of a Regional Arts Fund grant and congratulated her for her successful application.

“Through this Regional Arts Fund Ms Pilkinton will broaden her artistic scope enabling her to contribute new concepts to western Victoria, enhancing the region’s access to the arts,” Mr Hawker said.

Ms Pilkinton said she and Natimuk-based artist Anna Loewendahl would travel to Dunedin on June 12 as the only two international guest artists participating in a skill exchange program as part of the Dunedin Mid-Winter Carnival 2007.

“This is a very exciting and challenging opportunity and we’re hoping to be able to introduce what we’ve learnt into community arts projects in the region when we return,” she said.

“We would not have been able to attend the event without the Regional Arts Fund grant.”

Mr Hawker said the Regional Arts Fund was an initiative of the Australian Government’s regional arts program which gives Australians, wherever they live, and better access to opportunities to practice and expe the arts.

“It is designed to support arts and cultural projects that offer long-term impact, sustainability and skills development opportunities.

“Ms Pilkington’s experiences in New Zealand will equip her with a wealth of creative knowledge and artistic ideas she will be able to share with our local community upon her return.”

Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

Mr Hawker said Quick Response Grants were one of three Regional Arts Fund categories, allocated to individuals and organisations for small-scale cultural development and arts initiatives and professional development in regional Victoria.

More information about Regional Arts Funds is available form Mr Hawker’s electorate offices and online at www.dcita.gov.au .

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