Aboriginal Arts Development Program
Orana Arts supports Aboriginal Arts development through informed consultation with Aboriginal artists and communities throughout our region.
Orana Arts with funding from the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts has employed an Aboriginal Arts Development Officer since 2013. This position supports the development and sustainability of a vibrant Aboriginal arts industry in the Orana region by supporting artists working in the region, providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to participate in creative activities and creating creative and professional development opportunities through project funding.
Country Arts Support Program (CASP)
CASP is managed by Orana Arts through devolved funding from Arts NSW. These grants are offered once a year with applications opening in August and generally closing on the 1st October. All applicants must discuss their project with Orana Arts and applications must be submitted on SmartyGrants, accessed via the Regional Arts New South Wales website when the funding round opens in August.
Grants of up to $3,000 are available for short term, locally initiated arts and community projects delivered in the Orana region.
Fire Station Arts Centre
The Fire Station Arts Centre was a project delivered in partnership with the building owners the Dubbo Local Aboriginal Lands Council. Since opening in 2013 the FSAC has been a significant part of Dubbo and the wider region’s cultural community. The aim of the space has been to connect arts, artists and community with audiences, peers and opportunities.
HomeGround is a program that replaces Western Plains Cultural Centre’s highly successful ‘Regional Art Space’ becoming bigger and better, reaching out to all of regional NSW.
HomeGround is seeking applications from regional artists who are emerging to prepare a proposal for an exhibition that is assessed by a panel of experts. The successful applicants are then given a minimum of twelve months to develop new work for an exhibition. The applicants work closely with the team of curators at WPCC to realise the exhibition. Once the work is complete, the artists are involved in the installation of the exhibition, giving invaluable experience of showing their work in a public gallery.
Left Field Project
In 2015 this project commenced its second stage with four mentor artists Jason Wing, Blak Douglas, Nicole Monks and Jonathan Jones working with a group of local emerging Aboriginal artists. Khaled Sabsabi from Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Emily McDaniel are co-curators on this project. The aim of LFP2 is to build the skills and confidence of local Aboriginal artists, providing them access to professional Aboriginal artists who work in a contemporary way. It’s challenging the stereotypes of Aboriginal artists and giving them the freedom to express their individuality in new mediums and different concepts. This project has been supported by Arts NSW Regional Partnerships funding and will continue in 2016 with an exhibition at the Artlands Regional Arts Australia conference in October, followed by an exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in 2017.
Portraits of Language
Acclaimed photographer Mervyn Bishop will be commissioned to take photographic portraits of Elders living and working in the Dubbo region. The State Library will record interviews with the participants about their experiences with language, the importance of language, and its future. Students and teachers from the Language NEST and the Yarradamarra Centre will translate quotes from the interviews into language which will then accompany the portraits. Mervyn’s photographs will be exhibited at Artlands in October 2016, with the collection to be held in trust for the community by the Western Plains Cultural Centre. The exhibition hopes to celebrate the significant commitment and achievements of Aboriginal Elders living in Dubbo today.
In 2015 we commenced a new project Staging Stories. Funded though an initiative by Arts NSW, Staging Stories worked in partnership with Playwriting Australia and Mooghalin Performing Arts to develop and provide support for Aboriginal playwrights and performers across the whole of regional NSW. In 2015 Orana Arts supported 6 workshops in Dubbo to bring together Aboriginal people with an interest in theatre, be it storytelling, performing, writing, acting, or fun. Aboriginal theatre is rare in regional NSW, people did not really understand what or why Staging Stories was being developed. The more we developed the project however, it became clear how important it is to tell Aboriginal stories from the Aboriginal perspective and that regional NSW is rich with stories lived by Aboriginal people.
This Business Called Art
In 2017 This Business Called Art will be back! And with quite a line-up of events: to facilitate creative exchanges – building capacity across the region; hosting Soup Sessions – to help get some new projects off the ground; and workshops to build professional skills for artistic careers.
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