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Funding boost for the arts in regional Australia

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The Hon Simon Crean MP

Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Minister for the Arts

22 June 2011

Funding boost for the arts in regional Australia

Australian art exhibitions, music workshops and theatre performances will be supported by a $791,774 funding boost for 71 arts projects in regional communities across Australia.

Arts Minister Simon Crean said the Regional Arts Fund demonstrated the Government’s commitment to supporting the thriving and lively arts scene in regional Australia.

“The arts have an important role in regional communities in exploring ideas, sharing experiences and developing new skills,” Mr Crean said.

“This funding is a chance for exciting arts projects to get off the ground and to bring regional communities together. All Australians should have access to arts experiences.

“The Regional Arts Fund is also supporting the professional development of artists, performers and creators through workshops, residencies and mentoring. This will further build the arts scene in regional Australia.

“This funding will help support projects in very remote Australia, as well as benefit Indigenous communities and people with disabilities,” Mr Crean said.

Some of the exciting arts projects which will build local creative talent include:

• Twelve projects funded in the Northern Territory with a combined total of $183,920 including funding for dance artist Kat Worth to mentor Alice Springs artists to work in disability performing arts.

• Fifteen projects in South Australia with a combined total of $94,826 including funding for young people in Marree to receive music, vocal and dance lessons by video link from Adelaide audio engineer John Gowan.

• Ten projects in Western Australia with a combined total of $154,186 including a yearly program of circus skills workshops in Kununurra for young people and Indigenous people.

• Ten projects in Queensland with a combined total of $174,477 including funding for The Underground Project in Bundaberg to create and produce three short plays examining the social impacts of mining in Central Queensland.

• Ten projects in Victoria with a combined total of $104,855 including a project in Nillumbik where Viral Arts Lab will engage a social media artist to mentor the SAY Youth Group to create 52 Flash Mobs in 52 Weeks.

• Fourteen projects in Tasmania with a combined total of $79,510 including funding for the Tasmanian Theatre Company to engage a director for a production of a new Finegan Kruckemeyer play for young people around the theme of bullying.

The funding is provided through the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund and will be delivered through regional arts organisations in each state and territory.

To view a list of funded projects visit

For further information about the Regional Arts Fund visit

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Glen Atwell: 0403 949 599 or Colleen O’Sullivan: 0409 282 143

Office for the Arts: 02 6275 9574 / 0488 490 987