CASP | Country Arts Support Program 2023

CASP | Country Arts Support Program 2023

CASP (Country Arts Support Program) is an annual small grants program with funding of up to $5,000 to support local community arts and cultural development, increase regional opportunities, cultural experiences, and economic benefits to the community in regional NSW.

Grants are available for short term arts and community projects, initiated and delivered in the following local Government areas in the Northern Rivers: Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed Shire.

Administered by Arts Northern Rivers through devolved funding from Create NSW, CASP 2024 is available for projects and activities that may include workshops, exhibitions, performances, public art, and design projects.


CASP 2023 Recipients are:

Byron Youth Services – Who Ate All the Pies? will be a pilot mentorship program for 4 x early career artists in building sustainable careers in the arts and community sectors. The project aims to address and disrupt the erosion of access to the arts and subsequent reduction of the capacities of young and emerging artists to participate in the sector and society.

Darling Muffs of May – This is a community arts project, based in Mullumbimby. Key events are an artist-run, craft workshop (Feb ‘24) creating works to be photographed for a curated photographic exhibition (May ‘24). The project will raise money for women who are at risk or affected by homelessness.

Gurehlgam & Deborah Taylor – Gurehlgam is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve the lives of Aboriginal people and families in Northern NSW. The project aims to collect and display photos on the current ‘Welcome Project Murals’ on the old Grafton Bridge Pylons and South Grafton levee wall. The project will engage with local First Nations families from South Grafton and Grafton, utilising historical family photographs to share and celebration cultural connections in the region.

Kyogle Readers and Writers Inc – The project involves a writer-in-residence program, including mentorship, open, on a competitive basis, to emerging writers across all genres, who are based in rural or regional areas. The successful applicant will be invited to Kyogle for a two-week residency, and they will also be platformed in the 2024 Writers Festival.

Paul Walker – ‘We Will Thrive’ is a creative recovery project for the Northern Rivers LGBTIQA+ community after the 2022 floods. It follows the pilot project, I Will Survive, from 2022. This iteration includes 10 creative art/performance workshops led by local LGBTIQA+ artists to develop a performance/installation piece for the Tropical Fruits Festival.

These projects will be completed by end May 2024.


Completed CASP 2022 Projects were:

MOVE IT – dance for film workshop series – The MOVE IT – dance for film project is a series of performance-making workshops for dance on screen. They are designed to enrich the social lives and mental well-being of the dance community by making ongoing creative connections with local and visiting artists.

View the outcome HERE


Nuance – Byron Youth Theatre will devise an original theatre production exploring the nuances of communication and how they can positively and negatively affect our relationships.

View a short of the performance HERE


Rescue – Jeanti St Clair and Raimond de Weerdt’s ‘Rescue’ project collects stories and portraits of people involved in the heroic civilian rescue operation during the 2022 Northern Rivers floods. Individuals took it upon themselves to use their boats, jet-skis, canoes and blow-up boats to rescue residents caught out by the floods.

View images of the exhibition HERE


The Making of Buni (fire) – The making of fire will be an inclusive documentary-style project that will explore Jahvis Loveday sharing his knowledge on how to traditionally make fire. Through hands-on experience, the community will get an exclusive insight into the culture that is still practiced today.

View the documentary HERE

Applications open 6 May  2024 and close 4 July 2024.

Image | 2023 CASP Recipients Byron Youth Services from their Street Art Gallery.
– Image by Karma Barnes