CASP funding announced for 2018!

An exciting number of creative and cultural projects will be popping up all over the Outback Arts region this year with the announcement of the successful recipients for the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) for 2018.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has announced that regional and rural arts organisations from around NSW are to benefit from nearly $250,000 in small-grant funding. Of that, just over $17,000 has been awarded to five projects within the Outback Arts region to support community arts and cultural development.

This long-running funding program gives regional people access to a diverse range of cultural programs each year and brings local opportunities which may otherwise have not been available. Regional Arts NSW CEO, Elizabeth Rogers said, “The successful applications clearly show how regional communities can develop and deliver so many different arts projects that create vitality in their local area.”

Outback Arts Executive Director Jamie-Lea Trindall said, “CASP is a significant investment by Arts NSW directly to regional areas. It is great initiative that provides regional communities and local people with an opportunity to create and realise project ideas involving arts and culture. Outback Arts is looking forward to seeing these projects develop over the coming year.”

The Carinda Sewing Group received funding to host a range of activities including a two day collage workshop, taking time away from the farm and promoting mental health. These art pieces along with other art forms will be the centre of an opening celebration night at the town’s Far West Store.

In Cobar, the Shire Council have received funding for a yarn bombing project. It will involve a community arts installation where the residents will design, construct and create a mock garden display. It will be used in the lead up to the area’s 150 year celebrations in 2020.

In the Coonamble Shire, the Coonamble Writer’s Group will host an author for a two-day workshop with writers from the Western Region and an evening author talk at the local library.

Also, the Gulargambone Community Enterprises Co-op have received funding for two components of their upcoming arts festival ‘Pave The Way To Gular’ to be held on 5th – 8th April, 2018. The money will be used to bring in visual street artists to transform the pavements and empty buildings around the community and to install and create a life-sized bullock wagon created by local artists. The sculpture will depict a genuine bullock wagon loaded with wool bales, a team of bullocks and bullocky all made from old wire netting to be used as part of the festival.

CASP is a devolved funding program administered by Outback Arts and Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW. The Country Arts Support Program will open on 25th May 2018 for projects in 2019.

For further information on the Create NSW Country Arts Support Program funds and other opportunities, including targeted support, contact Outback Arts on 02 6822 2484 or

Image: Kaff-eine, one of the participating artists, created this mural on the Rosebery silos, as part of the Silo Art Trail. Image by Jona Photography.