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A renaissance for Regional Arts and Culture

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is encouraging local artists, performers and organisations to share ideas both big and small for infrastructure and arts projects in the local region to deliver long-term cultural benefits to the community. 

The $100 million Regional Cultural Fund is part of the Deputy Premier’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund to improve economic outcomes as well as local amenities and standard of living across regional NSW communities.

Mr Anderson said the Fund would support the building of new artistic and cultural spaces such as galleries, theatres, libraries, museums and halls, as well as the upgrading or repurposing of existing arts, screen, culture or heritage infrastructure.

“The Regional Cultural Fund supports arts, screen and cultural organisation proposals for small, medium and large infrastructure projects that will deliver long-term cultural benefits to our region.

“Galleries and museums will also be able to apply for operational funding to support the delivery of services, providing distinct experiences to visitors and promoting increased participation in creative and cultural activities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said regional NSW has long been home to producers of diverse arts and culture across a wide variety of disciplines including visual arts, performing arts, Indigenous arts, dance, music, exhibitions, publishing, film, television, radio and heritage works.

“From extraordinary cinema – such as Tomorrow, When The War Began, filmed in the Hunter region – to renowned galleries including the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Arts Centre, regional NSW has a proud history of artistic excellence and it is time that regional arts and culture received its fair share of funding,” Mr Barilaro said. 

Expressions of interest for the Regional Cultural Fund open on 17 July 2017. Successful applicants will be invited to provide additional information. Up to $25 million will be made available in the first round of funding.

For further information, including guidelines for applicants, go to www.create.nsw.gov.au.

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