A Little Piece of Heaven receives funding to tour region

Orana Arts is pleased to announce a successful application to the Create NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund. The $20,000 grant will bring Aboriginal theatre — for the first time — to some regional NSW communities. Performances of A Little Piece Of Heaven, written and performed by Wiradjuri Elders Aunty Ruth Carney and Uncle Dick Carney, will be staged in the Gilgandra Shire and Bogan Shire localities later in 2019.

In A Little Piece of Heaven the couple tell their story in their own words, delivering a truly extraordinary and previously untold tale of Aboriginal life in country NSW through the twentieth century. The show received rave reviews when it was performed for Narromine and Dubbo audiences in 2018, with one audience member saying that the show:

“…gave me an important and extraordinary insight into the hardships experienced by Aoriginal people in rural Australia through the voices of those who had lived it. It also spoke to the dignity, integrity and strength of Aunty Ruth Carney and Uncle Dick Carney, and their love for each other. They have brought a special light to me personally.” 

The NSW Government funding will enable the show to tour to Gilgandra and Nyngan, towns which share a special connection to the Carney family and their story. The tour will take place in the second half of this year. 

Orana Arts Executive Director Alicia Rodriguez Leggett calls A Little Piece of Heaven:

“An authentic voice for regional theatre that transcends the place of its creation due to the universal themes of love, loss, grief and joy.”

The production has been created by an Aboriginal led artistic team under the direction of acclaimed theatre-maker John Harvey of Brown Cab Productions. A Little Piece of Heaven will also tour to Melbourne’s Footscray Community Arts Centre in May as part of the Yirramboi Festival.  

Ruth and Dick Carney on stage CREDIT Portia Lindsay.jpg

A Little Piece of Heaven is proudly presented with support from the NSW Government.

Country Arts Support Program: CASP recipients announced!

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has announced that regional and rural arts organisations from around NSW are to benefit from nearly $250,000 in small-grant funding.

The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) will fund 76 organisations to support community arts and cultural development across NSW and there are a number of exciting projects coming up in our region. Congratulations to the following organisations and look out for these projects coming to a town near you in 2018:

Creatives Collective: Develop, Support, Display - Artists with Disability Coonabarabran
(Part 1)
Creatives Collective will create a 12-month project to develop local artists with disability through a series of workshops with professional artists with disability. The project will culminate in an exhibition exploring what it is to create art with disability. 

Kandos Museum Inc: Creative Fundraising Practical Workshop Series at Kandos Museum ($3,000) 
Kandos Museum will host two workshops to teach skills in designing and hand-printing souvenir tea towels and tote bags. The workshops will focus on building capacity for community groups, with participants learning how to produce authentic, local artwork as a sustainable means of funding and promoting their group. 

Moorambilla Voices Ltd: Yabang Taiko (taiko path) ($2,745)
Moorambilla Voices Ltd and Taikoz will join forces to bring Japanese percussion ‘taiko’ to rural remote Baradine, establishing a group of young adults that will undertake an intense taiko workshop to gain the appreciation in the art form and strengthen their performance. 

Narromine Shire Council: Trangie Water Tower Art ($2,594)
The Trangie Action Group will identify suitable buildings in the area and work with a selected artist to install a series of murals across the town.

Nyngan Arts Council: Our Place Our Spaces ($5,000)
Our Places, Our Spaces - an exhibition of new work created by two Nyngan artists, will explore the concept of places and spaces within the Bogan Shire. This exhibition will be curatorially supported by Western Plains Cultural Centre and exhibited at the Nyngan Fire Station Arts Centre and WPCC. 

Western Plains Cultural Centre - Our Stories: Cultural Walking Tours of Dubbo ($1,700)
Using the development of a walking tour of the public art of central Dubbo as a foundation of this project, digital media artist Kim V. Goldsmith will deliver two two-part community workshops in June/July 2018 to encourage individuals and community groups of the region to tell their stories as tours. 

For the full list of CASP recipients visit the Regional Arts NSW website.

Image: 2017 CASP project, the Mudgee Zine-Makers (credit: Amber Hooper)

Image: 2017 CASP project, the Mudgee Zine-Makers (credit: Amber Hooper)