NORPA Makers Hub Funded

NORPA Makers Hub Funded

The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund will provide $316,550 to support 13 new projects in regional, rural and remote New South Wales in 2018. The list of successful projects encompasses a broad spectrum of art forms including music, theatre, screen, circus, visual arts and ephemeral, digital and public art. Communities across the state including Bathurst, Lismore, Coonamble, Tamworth, Walcha, Armidale, Manning Valley, Albury, the Mid North Coast, Bega and Coonabarabran will benefit from this funding.

Amongst the successful project, NORPA has been funded for a two year program to nurture and extend the skills and understanding of dance and physical practice for theatre practitioners in the Northern Rivers. The Makers Hub program will explore the intersection of dance and theatre. Through a partnership with Critical Path, NORPA can develop as a regional Makers Hub, attracting national and international practitioners that develop, inform and challenge NORPA and local artists’ practice. Through fostering innovation and artistic practice the project will build on the vibrancy of creative development, grow the local artistic pool and provide opportunities for employment and new work.

‘The demand for the RAF continues to be very high in NSW and there are so many great projects that are unable to be funded,’ Elizabeth Rogers, CEO of Regional Arts NSW said. ‘This round received 50 applications and was very competitive due to the extremely high standard of the applications. It was great to see such a diverse range of projects from regional communities from all parts of the state,’ she added.

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program administered by Regional Arts Australia and Regional Arts NSW that supports sustainable, cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. The funding is targeted at activities that will have long term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and the community through the development of partnerships and cultural networks, by providing artists with professional development and employment opportunities, and by supporting arts and community development.

The full list of recipients can be found here

Image | NORPA, Journey to an Unnamed World 2017

Photo | Kate Holmes