An exciting number of creative and cultural projects will come to life in the Outback Arts region this year with the announcement of the recipients for the 2016 Country Arts Support Program (CASP).
The aim of this funding is to provide access to arts activities for small communities, to encourage communities to work together on cultural projects, to foster cultural diversity in the regions and to ensure that regional and rural areas have an artistic voice.
With just under $17,000 in funding released into the community, Regional Arts Development Officer Jamie-Lea Hodges says this yearâ€™s range of projects promise to be very exciting and engaging.
â€œWe will have a great range of projects happening this year including workshops, festivals, performances, and even an opera. Four out of our five shires receiving funding and Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing the great outcomes from these projects throughout the year.â€
The Bourke Shire Council received funding for two writing workshop programs and a photographic exhibition in the lead up to the Festival of 1000 Stories in September.
The Coonamble Ceramics Collective received funding to run a hand building workshop by Jackie Lallemand at their ceramics studio, while Coonamble Arts Alive will also be hosting â€˜Look Draw Paintâ€™; a basic printing workshop designed by Julie Paterson.
In Cobar, the Arts Council will bring two weekend pottery workshops to â€˜Dijoeâ€™ Station, facilitated by Anna Kaineder for beginners with a vision to hold an advanced class later this year.
Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service (WAMS) also obtained funding towards workshops led by Philip Relf. Philip will engage the community and children from Walgett schools to develop fire sculptures and lanterns to be used to launch the Respect Project 2016. The Walgett Shire Council was also successful bringing Company Co to Walgett to perform Gilbert & Sullivanâ€™s The Mikado opera at the showground in March.
CASP is an Arts NSW devolved funding program administered by Outback Arts and Regional Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. The Country Arts Support Program will open in August this year for projects in 2017.