$100 million for our Regional Arts
The NSW Budget will provide $100 million in funding over the next four years for regional arts and culture thanks to the Regional Cultural Fund.
The fund will create and upgrade cultural infrastructure across regional towns and villages to support the arts, cultural expression and heritage in our regionals and increase its presence in our community.
Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro urged community groups to consider applying, highlighting the broad range of applicable projects in his electorate of Monaro.
“The Regional Cultural Fund is a welcome boost for the regional arts and culture community in the Monaro. So if there is a gallery in Bungendore that needs to be built or a small museum in Braidwood that needs a lick of paint or a theatre group in Cooma with a new project, I encourage them all to apply,” he said.
Regional art and cultural events play a vital role in the health and vitality of regional areas. Not only do such events provide entertainment and support local artists and jobs, they are also key to the tourism industry, encouraging visitors to immerse themselves in a regional destination. Examples range from the large – such as the numerous Galleries and public sculptures our members enjoyed at the Annual Conference in Broken Hill, to the tiny – such as the Glass Museum in the small Northern Tablelands town of Bundarra.
The funding also applies to cultural events, which showcase everything from the rich history of our Aboriginal People to the impact migration, industry and agriculture have had on our regions.
Minister for Tourism and Nationals Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall noted that the funding will have an economic impact on the regions.
“Investing in arts and culture facilities and programs in the bush will provide recreational and educational benefits as well as increased tourist visitation, which in turn helps art practitioners expand their networks and enter new markets,” he said.
The funding can also be used to support projects that seek to take exhibitions and events to the regions – such as the successful ‘Opera in the Paddock’ ventures run across the State. Museums and galleries will also be able to apply for operational funding for service delivery, allowing more tours and educational experiences to be run, increasing visitor and local participation in cultural events.
Applications open 17th of July for more information or to apply, please visit www.create.nsw.gov.au.