Country Arts Support Program: 2019 recipients announced!

Through Country Arts Support Program (CASP) funding, creative organisations from across regional and rural NSW will play host to range of short-term, locally initiated community productions, programs, performances and workshops.

Arts Minister, Don Harwin, said that the annual CASP funding aims to drive creative and vibrant state-wide arts projects that engage diverse audiences and promote an innovative NSW arts and cultural sector.

“This funding reflects our ongoing commitment to promoting diverse arts and cultural experiences in regional NSW – everything from local community street art, youth choirs, and Aboriginal arts as well as securing a number of critically-acclaimed authors and artists that are going on tour.”

“Increasing access and participation in arts and cultural experiences drives economic benefits across the regions and also enables positive social impacts too, including greater awareness, appreciation and expression of our cultural diversity.”

The CASP fund is a devolved grants program administered each year by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW. Grants of up to either $3,000 or $5,000 (depending on region) are available primarily for professional artists’ fees, travel and accommodation, with applications assessed by 14 regionally-based panels coordinated by the local Regional Arts Boards.

Orana Arts is proud to announce that the following projects in our region have been funded:

Dubbo Filmmakers: Young Filmmakers' Bootcamp ($5,000)
In a series of workshops for young people, Dubbo Filmmakers aim to provide hands-on experience in creating short films facilitated by experienced filmmakers. Young filmmakers will be encouraged to enter their projects in the 2019 Dubbo One Eye Film Festival.

Dunedoo Central School Parents & Citizens Association: Art for Youth - A Brush with Bush Kids ($3,000)
To bring the world of art to kids from the bush, three qualified artists from Sydney will present art workshops to 150 students at Dunedoo from 14—16 May 2019.

Gilgandra Alive! presents: An Afternoon of Crime ($2,000)
A published, award-winning and popular author of crime fiction will visit Gilgandra to offer an inspiring workshop for writers in the local area and surrounds. This will include an open forum on their latest work, a reading and a Q&A session.

Mid-Western Regional Council: Growing a Community's Cultural Ecology ($3,000)
Local arts worker Kelly Leonard will coordinate a pilot project engaging two local professional, contemporary artists. The outcome will develop work in short residencies alongside community development events.

RnR Rags to Bags - GM Rail Services: RnR Rags to Bags ($5,000)
Helping to inspire creativity in community members who experience mental health issues or live with disability, RnR Rags to Bags will hold workshops in multiple sites designing & using recycled materials to use as an alternative to plastic bags.

Look out for these terrific projects and events being developed in 2019. For more on CASP, including previous projects, click here.

Image: artwork detail, Kelly Leonard

Image: artwork detail, Kelly Leonard

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)
($2,420)
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)