3 November 2016

2017 CASP Funding Announced

Artists and arts and cultural organisations across regional NSW will share in more than $245,000 as part of a State Government funding program of short-term, locally initiated arts projects.

The Country Arts Support Program bolsters community spirit throughout the state by encouraging people to create and experience local art projects.

Arts NSW Executive Director Michael Brealey said the projects include circus and dance workshops, young filmmaker mentorships, an aged care residents choir, photography classes, Aboriginal cultural showcases and an outdoor opera.

“The variety and quality of the proposed works clearly demonstrates the incredible wealth of artistic talent that resides in regional NSW,” said Mr Brealey.

“Supporting arts and culture in regional NSW is a priority under the Government’s Create in NSW 10-year policy framework, which guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector.”

The Country Arts Support Program is administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Arts NSW.

The funding provided under Arts NSW’s Arts and Cultural Development Program, which will provide more than $52 million to support artists and arts organisations across the state in 2016/17.


Byron Youth Theatre: $5,000 to create an original performance and workshop focusing on the complex issues of suicide through research, consultation, training and interviews. The production will be toured to local high schools in the region and public performances provided for the community.

Kyogle and District Arts Council Inc: $2,141 to run workshops in knitting and crochet alongside sessions in writing and poetry. Knitted works will be installed in the Kyogle Main Street.

Northern Rivers Community Gallery: $5,000 for a visual arts program engaging people living in aged care facilities that come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The program will be facilitated by practicing artists within the Gallery environment providing participants with an opportunity to socialise, develop skills and an appreciation of arts and culture.

Public Act Theatre: $5,000 to develop a series of workshops and a play devised by a diverse group of people who have experienced social disadvantage. The play will be performed at the Byron Community Centre for the general public alongside a forum about social issues in the community.

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